Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

A Look Ahead – Obama’s Cabinet

by Kristen Suzanne in Uncategorized

Vilsack might not be a bad choice for Secretary of Agriculture after all. According to Michael Markarian (featured through Wayne Parcelle’s Blog of The Humane Society):

Vilsack has a solid record on animal protection, and he was the top choice of HSUS and HSLF to lead the USDA, the agency that oversees our federal laws on animal welfare, humane slaughter and transport, horse protection, animal fighting, and others. Nearly 90,000 animal advocates contacted the transition team through our website, expressing how important it was to pick an animal-friendly Agriculture Secretary and recommending Vilsack as an excellent choice. The Obama Administration listened to your views, and this appointment demonstrates what an important voice animal advocates can have as a political constituency.Read more here.

And, according to the Washington PostVilsack pledged that the agriculture department would play a role in “providing American leadership on climate change and making America a nation truly dedicated to health and nutrition.”

I’m relieved he’s animal friendly – that’s for sure. I just hope he smartens up about organics, too. It’s his job to follow Obama’s lead, which according to his campaign – Obama is pro-organic!

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Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

My Raw Food On A Rainy Cold Day

by Kristen Suzanne in green juice

It was cold and rainy here in Arizona, but that didn’t stop me from filling my body up with super nutritious foods. To stay warm, I layered on extra clothes and squishy thick socks.

Today’s Menu
3 cups Plant Blood (purple cabbage, apples)
Super Shake
1 quart Plant Blood (broccoli, carrots)

1 large salad with
King Garlic Hemp Dressing
Raw crackers with hummus

3 cups Plant Blood (cucumber, celery)

4 dates

herbal tea
1 cup hemp milk

1 large salad with King Garlic Hemp Dressing

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Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

News to Peruse

by Kristen Suzanne in Uncategorized

Interesting News to Peruse

You Look Fat In That Pesticide

Colorado Schools Ban Soda

FDA: Mercury Fillings… BAD! Glad I had mine removed in preparation for having a baby in the future.

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Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

King Garlic Hemp Dressing

by Kristen Suzanne in raw dressing

I wanted food today that contained plenty of chlorophyll, nourishment, and was EASY to make.

Monday’s Menu
Super Shake

4 Brazil nuts

1 quart Cucumber Plant Blood

Super Shake

Huge salad featuring King Garlic Hemp Dressing (pictured here, recipe below)

Large bowl of Spicy Thyme Bisque

For dessert? DATES!

I whipped up a super easy and delicious dressing, King Garlic Hemp Dressing. I use the word “King” before “Garlic” because in my mind, garlic is indeed the king of spices. (Ginger is the queen.) Garlic is loaded with antioxidants, and it’s one of the world’s oldest medicinal foods. Back in the old, old days, garlic was given to soldiers to keep them healthy and fight infection, as well as to Egyptian slaves building the pyramids to give them stamina. It’s also been said that it helps ward off vampires… but, ehem… we, Twilight fans, know that notion is so silly.

Here are a few ways garlic could help you
Lower cholesterol
~ Prevent blood clots ~ Anticancer properties
Fight the common cold ~ Lower blood pressure
Antibiotic ~ Antiseptic ~ Antifungal ~ Antimicrobial

But! In order to get the opportunity to reap any of these benefits, the garlic should be consumed Raw (yeah, that’s right up our alley) and you have to smish (yes, that’s a technical word – ha!), chop, blend, or crush the whole thing (don’t go swallowing a whole clove, not likely to do you any good). When you smish, chop, etc., you release the amino acid alliin, which mixes with the enzyme allinase, yielding allicin – responsible for most of garlic’s super powers.

Storing Garlic
The best way to store your garlic is in an open container in a cool, dark place (or in one of those cute garlic jars, as pictured above). No refrigeration needed. If you properly store it, unbroken garlic bulbs could stay fresh for up to 6-8 weeks. However, once you break off a clove from the bulb, the clove will last about 3-10 days.

Odor Issues
Yes, when you consume garlic, it sticks by you for hours… sometimes it seems like days! Sure, you can chomp on parsley to help (a little). But, you want to know the tested, tried and true way to make sure no one smells garlic on you? Simply make sure the people around you are eating garlic. Seriously… that’s the sure-fire way.

Recipe Time
For a super, nutrient-packed dressing loaded with essential fatty acids, nutrients, and chlorophyll, whip this up in about 3 minutes and you’re all set!

King Garlic Hemp Dressing
Kristen Suzanne of Kristen’s Raw
Yield 1 1/2 cups

1 cup hemp oil
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice

3 large cloves garlic

1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning

1/2 teaspoon Himalayan crystal salt

Blend it all thoroughly (I let my high speed Blendtec run 30-45ish seconds). Stored in an airtight container in your refrigerator, King Garlic Hemp Dressing will stay fresh for up to five days.

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Monday, December 15th, 2008

Lazy Sunday

by Kristen Suzanne in Uncategorized

Today is turning out to be somewhat of a lazy day for me… I have work to do that I’m putting off, but I’ll get to it eventually – probably in the middle of the night :) I’m also taking the day off (plus yesterday and the day before) from the gym. Uuugghhh! I need to get back there. “Will do tomorrow, Kristen!”

Right now, I’m drinking my Super Shake – I really love this thing! Then, we’re off to our weekly dinner at my momma-in-law’s house where we play games, read by the fire, have dinner and hang out. I’m bringing a few “Raw” goods to complement the dinner she makes us (flax crackers to dip in the hummus and dates for dessert – I love dates… this week I ordered over 5 pounds online – nature’s candy indeed!!!!!).

aaaahhhhh! How sweet is this… in the middle of writing this blog, my husband steps away from his desk and comes over to me unexpectedly. He kneels down by my chair and gives me a huge hug and says, “I want you to always be happy, baby.” Then, he got up and went back to his work. He is so sweet and romantic, it warms me from head to toe – *grin!*

Daily Conversation Question:
What would you most like to do for someone else if you had the money and time?

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Saturday, December 13th, 2008

EASY Raw Vegan Entrees – Now Available in Print!

by Kristen Suzanne in Kristen Suzanne, raw recipes

Whoo-Whee!!! I’m so happy! My 5th book is now available in print – Kristen Suzanne’s EASY Raw Vegan Entrees! I’m extremely proud of this baby. It’s filled with scrumptiously delicious, fun, and satisfying Raw vegan entree recipes!

You know the drill – I’m taking a survey of your favorite photo(s). Warning: They’ll all probably make you drool, so get a napkin or a tissue before clicking the link for the photo gallery ;)

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Friday, December 12th, 2008

My Super Shake

by Kristen Suzanne in chia seeds, Hemp

I came up with a great protein shake recipe that is filling and nourishing. I feel like it’s strengthening me from the inside out when I’m drinking it. I’m calling it my Super Shake, and my husband and I have been enjoying it every day for the past few days as our breakfast (and I’m sneaking it in for my snack when we see the midnight showing tonight of The Day the Earth Stood Still).

Super Shake
approximately 3 cups / 1 serving

1 cup water
1 cup raw hemp seed milk* (or more)

1 tablespoon chia seeds

2 tablespoons
Manitoba Harvest Hemp Protein Powder
1 tablespoon rice protein powder (been using chocolate flavored)

1 teaspoon
Vitamineral Green powder
1 teaspoon
Fruits of the Earth powder
1 banana, peeled

Just blend it up, drink it down and feel the power from the essential amino acids, essential fatty acids, and antioxidants go to work for you!

*I’ve been making my raw hemp milk by simply blending water with Manitoba Harvest’s hemp seed butter (this is also known as my “1-Minute Hemp Milk“). Sometimes I add a touch of raw agave or a date to it as well.

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Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

EASY Raw Vegan Recipe Books – Two More Available in Print

by Kristen Suzanne in dessert, Kristen Suzanne

Exciting news! My third and fourth books are now available in print on Amazon.

Kristen Suzanne’s EASY Raw Vegan Desserts

Kristen Suzanne’s EASY Raw Vegan Sides & Snacks

Also! We have new photos uploaded in the photo gallery and I’m taking a survey… What are your favorite photos for both books! Check out the photos here:
Photo Gallery – Desserts
Photo Gallery – Sides & Snacks

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Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days

by Kristen Suzanne in Uncategorized

This post is short and sweet, because the bulk of the details are in the link I provide at the end. I saw a post featured on Raw Food, Right Now!’s blog and wanted to pass it along. This is good stuff!!! It’s important information whether you have diabetes yourself or not (if you don’t have it, it’ll inspire you to keep the Raw vegan lifestyle a priority). Or, maybe you know a friend or family member with it. Again, this is great information to learn and pass along. Visit this link, watch the video, and see for yourself.

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Friday, December 5th, 2008

Simplicity Noshing All Day

by Kristen Suzanne in Kristen Suzanne

Today’s Raw food is simple… and I mean super simple. No equipment is needed (other than a knife for the avocado). With my crazy schedule lately from getting all of my ebooks published into print books, I’m attracted to noshing in its simplest form. Today is comprised of lovely, flavorful, organic whole foods.

This menu is fresh, delicious, and fills me with tons of energy.

3 persimmons (yes, I’m still crazed for them… forever)
3 bananas (always appreciative of how inexpensive and versatile these are)

1 avocado (tons of fiber and vitamins, love the squish factor)

3 carrots (adore their light sweet flavor, price, and CRUNCH!)

1/4 cup hemp seeds (chlorophyll, essential
amino and fatty acids: these are one-stop-shopping)
3 stalks celery (green, crunchy, and slightly salty)

uummm…. okay, and Laughing Giraffe’s Snakaroons will be in my tummy tonight (still falls in line with my simplicity theme since I didn’t have to make them!). We’re going to see the movie Four Christmases and I’m Sneaking in my Snakaroons! :)

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