Sunday, May 25th, 2008

Long Weekend…Nice!

by Kristen Suzanne in Uncategorized

We’re spending a nice long weekend at mom’s. We love coming over here because we basically get to go on a mini-vacation (even though it’s only about 45 min away). It’s usually time spent watching movies on the couch, laptop nearby for surfing the web, munching on all kinds of yummy snacks, playing with the four dogs (we bring our dog for the little mini-break too), and just relaxing. Today was special because we celebrated my step-dad’s birthday, and can you guess what movie we voted to take my parents to? You probably won’t believe it…well, maybe you will. We saw Iron Man. It was our 4th time. I tell ya, I just am not tired of it, clearly.

Tomorrow we’re going to eat watermelon, read, and spend some time at the pool if the weather is nice (it’s been rather icky and cold here lately).

Well, I’m gettin’ a little hungry, so I’m off to the kitchen to find something to munch on.

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Friday, May 23rd, 2008

Kohlrabi Nasty Green Smoothie

by Kristen Suzanne in Uncategorized

If you are following me on twitter then you know that I scored some organic kohlrabi the other day. I made a smoothie with it and thought I’d share the recipe with you, but you might not want to make it. Although eating different kinds of produce is important to ensure a balanced diet of well-rounded nutrition, sometimes I’m tempted to put my foot down and say, “no.” There should be some reward for choking down something that doesn’t taste good (let’s be honest: nasty), apart from the nutrients I’m getting. Perhaps I’ll get some cool super-powers as a result. A girl can dream, right?

So, I’m already imagining ways to improve the smoothie…for starters, leave the kohlrabi out (haha). Hey! Maybe the smoothie is giving me comedic powers or maybe I’m just getting the giggles and laughing at myself.

Reasons to add Kohlrabi to your life: It’s from the cabbage family and can be eaten as crudite or blended into a smoothie, like I did today. All parts of it are game for eating (bulb, stem and leaves). Kohlrabi is low in calories, loaded with cancer fighting phytonutrients, vitamin C & potassium, and packed with fiber.

Kohlrabi Nasty Green Smoothie
Yield: too much

1 1/2 cups water
1 kohlrabi (bulb, stem and leaves)
2 red delicious apples (this variety has the most phytos)
2 tablespoons fresh basil
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Blend it up, choke it down.
Seeing as I have another bulb to force down my throat (and my boyfriend’s), I’m going to make our next kohlrabi smoothie sweeter with bananas (or I’m going to chop it up for our salads).

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Friday, May 23rd, 2008

Oprah Goes Vegan For 21-Days! Hip-Hip-Hooray!

by Kristen Suzanne in vegan

If you didn’t know, Oprah committed to going VEGAN for 21-days. I’m stoked! I’m elated! I’m so happy for her and the animals that have been saved as a result. Follow her blog for more details. She reported being very satisfied with the food so far. This could be huge y’all with Oprah supporting a Vegan diet…I’ve been waiting for this day to come and it’s finally here.

Daily Conversation Question:
What’s the best and worst thing about being a man or a woman.

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Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

Ginger Spiced Wheatgrass – YOWZA!

by Kristen Suzanne in ginger

I miss my former espresso days using my cute demitasse cups, so I’m giving them new life by drinking my wheatgrass from them. Isn’t it adorable? Only, I wanted to create a fun alternative to plain wheatgrass, because this never was my favorite beverage (I usually make faces while swallowing it). The verdict? This recipe is fantastically fun! And, it’s potent – Yowza! This little concoction will definitely put some “hip in your hop!”

Wheatgrass rocks because it’s loaded with nutrients and is one of the best ways to help alkalize your body. Ginger is the queen of spices and worthy of much adoration (garlic is king, by the way) because it helps with nausea (which can occur with some people after having plain wheatgrass, myself included), boosts circulation and is filled with antioxidants. The spicy Serrano pepper (or habanero) adds heat and fun (like espresso, only a different kind of heat- haha). Read amazing things about hot peppers here.
Daily Conversation Question:
If money were no object what kind of party would you throw and where?

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Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

Smartest Animals

by Kristen Suzanne in Uncategorized

One of my biggest passions (if not the biggest) is animals, so I’m always stoked when I see an article like this: Smartest Animals. I hope you enjoy this quick article as much as I did. Personally, I’m in awe of animals and filled with so much respect for them. How could you not be? They’re just so damn cool!

This is a picture of my dog here (isn’t he gorgeous?). I was raised with always having at least one dog running around (sometimes up to three of them!), so it only seemed fitting that I’d get my own when I moved out. I’ve had my dog for about eight years now, and he is truly my buddy. I figured a picture of him was appropriate for this post – he is a smarty!

I’d love to have a pig as a pet, too…but all in due time. I envision myself someday living in a home with plenty of land, where I can grow some of my own food, and have all kinds of animals running around (horses, pigs, bunnies, dogs, etc).

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Monday, May 19th, 2008

Today’s Raw Vegan Food (Banana Splits!) & Exercise

by Kristen Suzanne in exercise

Today’s Raw Food Plan:

1 quart Plant Blood
3 cups watermelon
1 quart Plant Blood
4 cups watermelon
Large spinach salad with Fat Free Strawberry Ginger Dressing
Raw Vegan Banana Split (YUM!)

We’re going to the gym tonight, and I’m planning to work out my chest and triceps, as well as doing some cardio (the treadmill is calling my name).
Daily Conversation Question:
Would you rather live by the beach or in the mountains?

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Monday, May 19th, 2008

Fat Free Strawberry Ginger Dressing – Lovely and Fresh!

by Kristen Suzanne in Uncategorized

Yesterday’s class was a major success and so much fun. I’ve already received multiple emails from students telling how much they loved it, and how eager they are for July’s class (check out the goods here…it’s going to be amazing – one of my best ever!).

Here is a deliciously fresh dressing to make as a staple in your household this summer. It’s light, fat-free (yay, put extra on!), and is going to add a little pep in your step with the sassy ginger kick in it. It pairs wonderfully with a spinach-based salad (spring mix greens are a touch too bitter and romaine lettuce is a little too heavy, which detracts from the lovely lightness of it).

Fat Free Strawberry Ginger Dressing
Yield 1 cup

1 1/2 cups fresh strawberries, destemmed and diced
Juice from 1 orange
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and grated
2 teaspoons raw agave nectar
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1/4 teaspoon Himalayan crystal salt

Blend all of the ingredients together until smooth. Enjoy!

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Friday, May 16th, 2008

Juicing Sprouts Gives Me Extra Energy

by Kristen Suzanne in exercise, green juice

Today’s juice is definitely kick-ass as far as nutrients go because I filled it with home-grown fresh sprouts. I’m feeling extra energized and strong after drinking just 1/2 a glass, and looking forward to going to the gym later this afternoon to work off some of this energy…and, speaking of working out, I received a great question on my blog yesterday about my feelings toward muscle /physical fitness in comparing my pre-raw-vegan days to now (Extra-High-Raw, All-Vegan). I plan on addressing this in a post in the next few days, because I do have some thoughts to share.

Sproutin’ Kick Ass Green Juice
Yield 2 quarts

2 cups water
4 cups sprouts
juice of 2 lemons
juice of 2 oranges
5 big radishes
2 golden delicious apples
1 bunch parsley
1 bunch celery
1 cucumber

Blend all of the ingredients (might take two batches in the blender to get it all done) and strain into a large bowl using a nutmilk bag.

Today’s workout
Legs (3 straight sets, 15 reps)
Walking lunges with dumbbells
Single leg squat with dumbbells
Wall sit (60 seconds in length, 3X, with 60 second rest between sets)

Nice long walk to stretch my leg muscles

Daily Conversation Question:
Who would you like to trade places with for one month?

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Friday, May 16th, 2008

Baby Mama Movie & Raw Vegan Restaurant

by Kristen Suzanne in exercise
I went and saw the movie Baby Mama last night (very funny), and guess what? They eat at a Raw Vegan restaurant (or at least they “try”). Only problem is that I can’t truly write about it because I went to the bathroom during the majority of the scene! WHO KNEW??? – haha! Apparently, it’s not the most glowing example of a Raw Vegan restaurant, but hey, I’m still stoked that they included it.

Sadly, I’m all out of Organic watermelon :( I’ll stock up when I go to Whole Foods tomorrow, though :)
I’m heading to the gym and here’s my plan:
Weights: Back and Biceps – 4 straight sets, 6-8 reps each

Overhead, wide-grip pull-down
Close grip row

Barbell curl
Hammer curls

Treadmill (15 min)
Stairstepper (10 min)
Bike (10 min)

Daily Conversation Question: (This is a good one! I’m going to start asking people this all the time.)
What change would you most like to make for your health?
What’s one thing you can do to start moving toward that goal?

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Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

Watermelon – Be Still My Heart!

by Kristen Suzanne in exercise

Anyone who knows me, knows that my all time favorite Raw food is, quite simply, organic watermelon. The gorgeously pink, sweet, refreshing flesh calls my name every summer and I just can’t ever seem to get enough. Each year, as the watermelon season ends, I want to shed a tear because I’m already eagerly anticipating the new season, when watermelon will again usher more sunshine to my life. I love watermelon.

Now that it’s back, you can count on me eating a LOT of it. For example, today, I have eaten nothing but watermelon. Yep, that’s right. (Talk about easy…those of you saying Raw food prep is hard – whatevah!) I carved up a BUNCH and enjoyed it for my breakfast, snack, and lunch so far. I’m going to have a huge fresh green juice in a moment, then I’ll probably have watermelon for dinner and dessert. If I choose something else for dinner, that’s okay, because come sunrise (okay, let’s be serious, I won’t be up at sunrise) but come tomorrow, I’ll be eating it for breakfast, snack, and lunch.

Watermelon rocks my world because it’s alkalizing, low-calorie, refreshing, cleansing & detoxifying, cooling on the body (seriously, who needs air conditioning when you can eat watermelon), and contains lycopene (all you cooked tomato eaters out there searching for lycopene, get it in your watermelon!).

But that’s not all watermelon offersit’s loaded with Vitamin A and has a low glycemic load. Furthermore, because of its extremely hydrating nature (it’s 92% water), it’s known as a “high-volume” food (takes up a lot of space without a lot of calories…this is helpful for those looking to lose weight). Some people even go on a watermelon fast, because it’s so detoxifying and cleansing. Sounds good to me!

Many enjoy blending their watermelon into a smoothie and adding a little of the rind to it. That’s great! According to David Grotto, author of 101 Foods That Could Save Your Life, watermelon rind contains citrulline, an amino acid that promotes nitric oxide production, improving blood flow through the arteries.

Delicious Sassy Treat: Blend the watermelon flesh and freeze in ice cube trays. This makes for one sassy glass of water with the pink cubes in it!

Warning: As far as food combining goes, I’m not known to be militant, although I am mindful of them. However, there is one that I take as gospel and that’s to eat melons alone. So, when I eat watermelon, I only eat watermelon and nothing else with it (for at least a 1/2 hour after taking the last bite of watermelon). It digests super fast, so I don’t have to wait long before eating other foods. And, if I’ve already eaten a meal (especially one that contained fat), then I wait at least a couple of hours before eating watermelon.

My workout: I’m heading to the gym in a short while (I’m receiving loads of emails asking me to post my workout routine). I’m bringing a bottle of fresh watermelon smoothie to drink (watermelon blended, that’s it).

Today I’ll be working on Chest and Triceps, straight sets, 8 reps/set:
Flat bench
Incline bench
Decline bench

Overhead rope pull
Bench Dips
I’ll also do a little cardio on the treadmill.

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