Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

Succulent Wild Woman

by Kristen Suzanne in Uncategorized
YOU ARE A DELICIOUS SUCCULENT HUMAN BEING!

Be Delicious. Eat mangoes naked, lick the juice off your arms. Discover your own goodness. Smile when you feel like it. Be rare, eccentric and original. Describe yourself as marvelous. Paint your soul. Investigate your dark places with a flashlight. Make more mistakes! Tell the truth faster. Celebrate your gorgeous friendships with women. You are enough, you have enough and you do enough. ~“Juicy Living Cards” by Sark

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Sunday, October 28th, 2007

Raw Holidays ebook Now Available

by Kristen Suzanne in holidays, raw chocolate, raw recipes

Hooray! My newest ebook is now available, Kristen Suzanne’s EASY Raw Holidays. This ebook has the perfect Raw vegan recipes for the holiday season. You’ll find one of my favorites, Oktoberfest German Chocolate Brownies (pic here), along with many others. My mom and I taught a handful of them yesterday at our class, Raw Holidays, and everything was a hit!

Now, you can try them, too. Learn how to make some of your holiday favorites, except now they’ll be healthy, delicious, and Raw! They’re easy to prepare, great to take to parties, and perfect for your family gatherings. At a time when the rest of the world is packing on pounds and clogging their arteries with all kinds of yule tide crud, you’ll be getting super healthy and full of energy by eating this amazing food — at the time of year when you need energy the most!

And, it’s not just recipes. I’m giving you great ideas, tips and tricks that are sure to help you breeze through the holidays while living the Raw lifestyle. Hurry up and get your copy today by visiting Kristen’s Raw.

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Sunday, October 28th, 2007

Youth Is a State of Mind – Pumpkin Carving & Costumes

by Kristen Suzanne in Uncategorized

Staying young isn’t just about what you eat.

Back track two days ago…my boyfriend tells me he wants to carve a pumpkin this year. I think to myself, “Are you serious? That’s cute, but I’m sure we have better things to do, right?”

Fast forward to today: I had a great day. Mom and I taught our fabulous Raw Holiday Class to a sold out crowd. We started the class wearing witches’ hats, as we made BOO! Halloween Hummus. We then traded the hats for Indian headdresses while teaching Raw Thanksgiving recipes, and finished the class wearing Santa hats. Oohhh…it was a sooo fun! Here is what I found myself thinking at the end of the day…Keep your body youthful with Raw food and keep your mind youthful with playful behavior.

After a long day of having fun, I came home and found my almost-40-year-old boyfriend carving his pumpkin. He was even listening to scary Halloween music! When he finished the pumpkin, he put a candle inside, and called for me to see his finished work (and now you can, too, with this picture). I looked up and saw this adorable, big grinning pumpkin staring back at me and I couldn’t help but smile as big as the pumpkin was. I felt like a kid looking at it and imagined my boyfriend must have had a blast carving it. I realized at that moment that we all have different ways of “playing” in trying to keep that youthful state of mind (and it’s important to indulge now and then). For myself, I played “dress up” all day in front of a room full of people. My boyfriend? Well, he kept his youthful state of mind by carving a pumpkin…umm, and yeah, I feel like a kid every time I look over at it. In fact, I just might go and put my witch’s hat on while I’m surfing the web tonight.

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Saturday, October 27th, 2007

What Is Pangea Day?

by Kristen Suzanne in Uncategorized

A friend pointed me to this and I thought it was very cool! Watch it and see for yourself what Pangea Day is. After you watch the trailer, be sure to click the “about us” link and watch “Jehane’s Ted Wish.” View World Pangea Day

Here is another great link, Miniature-earth, that is a must see. It definitely gives you something to think about. Once you arrive at the website, just choose your language, sit back and watch.

Have the courage to hold on to your beliefs, even if the world around you chooses to believe differently. Have the courage to change those beliefs that no longer fit the person you have become.
In doing so, you truly become yourself.
~ Daniel Levin

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Monday, October 22nd, 2007

Hazelnut Chocolate Snowballs – A Great Gift

The holidays are my favorite time of year, and now is a good time to start planning. One of the things I love to do is give Raw desserts as gifts. Gone are the days of giving unhealthy, fattening, processed chocolate to people. Make way to usher in gifts of healthy exquisiteness…Raw organic cookies and candies. What better way to introduce this amazing lifestyle to others, right? Keep in mind, Raw desserts as gifts don’t have to apply only to the winter holidays. You can do this all year long with birthdays, retirements, anniversaries, house-warming gifts, etc. Go to a craft store and buy cute little bags and boxes. Or, do what I did and look for things to reuse…see those gold boxes in the picture? They were given to me last year with gifts in them. I’m reusing them to be environmentally friendly.

To get you started, here is a delicious and easy recipe. The richness of the hazelnuts alongside the decadent raw chocolate will surely get anyone excited about Raw. For resources on where I get my organic ingredients, please visit Kristen’s Raw Resources.

Hazelnut Chocolate Snowballs
Yield 15-20 cookies

1/2 cup dried, unsweetened coconut flakes
1 cup hazelnuts
2 tablespoons raw chocolate powder
pinch Himalayan crystal salt
3/4 teaspoon hazelnut extract
8 dates, pitted
1/2 cup raisins

Process a 1/4 cup of the coconut (reserving the other 1/4 cup for rolling the cookies in) along with the hazelnuts, chocolate and salt in a food processor, fitted with the “S” blade, until coarsely ground. Add the hazelnut extract, dates, and raisins. Process until it is a texture, which holds together when gently pressed between your fingers. Roll into balls and then roll in the coconut. These freeze wonderfully.

Variation
~ Use raw carob instead of raw chocolate
~ Replace 4 of the dates with 1/4 cup dried cherries

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Monday, October 22nd, 2007

Cranberry Delight Smoothie

by Kristen Suzanne in smoothies

There are plenty of reasons to add cranberries to your diet, but most people only think about cranberries around the holidays. I plead guilty on this count, too, since I’m writing this at the end of October, just as fresh organic cranberries are making themselves available for the taking. Make a pact with yourself this year. Don’t forget them after the holidays. Stock up on fresh organic cranberries now, freeze them in glass mason jars, and enjoy them year round because cranberries are the gift that keeps on giving.

These little red pearls of tartness present you with vitamin C, dietary fiber, vitamin K, and manganese. We, women, know they’re wonderful for helping prevent and treat urinary tract infections (cranberries seem to work by keeping bad bacteria from sticking to your bladder). But, that’s not all. They help lower LDL cholesterol and raise HDL (“good”) cholesterol. And, get this! These ferocious warriors have five times the antioxidants of broccoli and also seem to behave as natural probiotics.

My recent fascination is adding them to smoothies. The following recipe is simple, but you could add any number of things to it….hhhmmmm….I’m thinking red jalapeno peppers or raw chocolate or fresh herbs or leafy greens. Use the following recipe to get you started, or simply enjoy it as is.

Cranberry Delight Smoothie
1 1/2 cups water
3-4 bananas, peeled
3/4 – 1 cup fresh cranberries (depending the level of tartness desired)

Blend all of the ingredients until smooth and enjoy.

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Friday, October 19th, 2007

Pomegranate Treasure Chest

by Kristen Suzanne in Uncategorized

In the Greek myth of Persephone, the pomegranate is called the fruit of the underworld. This legend tells the story that Persephone was bound to hell because she ate a pomegranate seed(s) from Hades. I don’t know about you, but a pomegranate might just be worth it…to me they’re glamorous and sensuous. Cutting into a pomegranate is like opening a treasure chest…inside you find brilliantly sparkling, sweet-tart flavored ruby-like seeds.

The joy doesn’t stop there though. The pomegranate has anti-inflammatory effects and high levels of anti-oxidants. It offers you potassium, vitamin C and niacin, making this labor intensive fruit worth the effort.

To seed - Slice off the top and the tail of the pomegranate. Cut it in half (or quarter it, if needed) and turn it inside out over a large bowl to get out the majority of the seeds. The remaining seeds you pick out and pull off the pith. The ruby red seed is to be eaten whole. *When refrigerated, pomegranates will keep for up to 2 months.

Eating - In my opinion, the pomegranate deserves respect and is to be eaten by itself. I want to feel spoonful after spoonful of juicy seeds burst in my mouth, not a lame one or two seeds that get lost in a forkful of salad. I want nothing to compete with my pomegranate. My ritual of many years is donning a t-shirt that I’m happy to stain with pomegranate juice, as I seed 2-3 pomegranates at a time. I carry my bowl of precious seeds upstairs and I take pleasure in them as I enjoy a long, warm bath.

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Friday, October 19th, 2007

Spicy Sunrise Smoothie – Carrot Anyone?

by Kristen Suzanne in exercise, raw recipes, smoothies

I was making my smoothie today and saw carrots in my refrigerator. I thought, why not? It was a delicious and wonderful variation to my smoothie routine . I know…you’re thinking, “Kristen Suzanne, your smoothie routine is anything but routine.” I’m calling it Spicy Sunrise Smoothie (staying true to my spicy life, you can omit the heat if you can’t handle it, but you’re missing out on those lovely endorphins).

Spicy Sunrise Smoothie

Yield approximately 5 cups
1-2 cups water
3 bananas, peeled*
1 stalk celery
1 large carrot
1 red jalapeno pepper
3-5 mint leaves

Blend all of the ingredients until smooth. Enjoy!

*I love using frozen bananas with the spicy jalapeno peppers, because it’s so fun to feel the different temperatures and experiences play in your mouth (cold bananas, spicy jalapeno pepper). Room temperature bananas are fine, but add ice to get the same effect.

Exercise – I’m going for a bike ride tonight under the stars. I love Arizona. Beautiful weather year round, unbelievable sunrises and sunsets, and terrific star gazing.

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Wednesday, October 17th, 2007

Sweating Tongue, Nori Rolls & Exercise

by Kristen Suzanne in exercise, raw chocolate

I woke up today wanting more fun with hot peppers. After nibbling on a habanero pepper while driving to the gym, I swear my tongue was sweating. Holy s–t! It was so hot and literally felt as if my tongue was perspiring…seriously. Here is what I’ve learned about foods giving off natural heat…the trick is to embrace the heat. Once you accept that your tongue is burning and on fire, it’s not so bad. I mean, afterall, we’re talking about habanero peppers. Once the lovely endorphins kick in, it’s a walk in the park.

Later in the day I made nori rolls for my boyfriend (not a fan of nori, myself – too “fishy” tasting), while I feasted on various fantastic smoothie concoctions (bananas, apples, celery, jalapeno peppers, sprouts, fresh mint, spinach and raw chocolate – not all in one smoothie. I made a couple using the aforementioned ingredients). I finished the day with a huge salad (the produce section was truly lacking at Wild Oats and Whole Foods today – wtf?). Oh well, my salad consisted of spinach, pea sprouts, carrots and celery topped with delicious Raw Italian Dressing. It doesn’t really matter how simple a salad is when you have a fabulous dressing to go with it. I wanted to slurp up the leftover dressing that glazed the bamboo bowl. So good. And, the more simple a meal, the more properly the food combined. See? The glass is half-full in my mind when the store is lacking produce variety.

Exercise
I was definitely jazzed once I arrived at the gym…after all, my tongue had a head start in the perspiration department and I was eager for my body to follow (nothing like the reward of a good sweat – and since I’m Raw, my sweat smells lovely if I do say so myself. Uh-oh, is this TMI?). Anyway, the endorphins kicked in and I was all too happy to be at the gym; quite giddy actually. I started doing a little dance between weight lifting sets (making anyone laugh who happened to watch, I’m sure). I was pulling out all of the old moves (the sprinkler, running man, cheese grater and a few I made up). I don’t think anyone regarded me as too crazy. I was sure to laugh while dancing and I had a Reebok step near me so I could hop on between moves. They probably thought it was some fantastic new routine.

Weights
Back and biceps (overhead wide-grip pull down, close grip row, overhead rope row, barbell curls, hammer curls). I finished up my weight routine by doing 15 minutes on the eliptical while watching Larry King. (Is the eliptical machine really supposed to be exercise? I have to laugh…I think it’s pretty hard to get a “hard” workout on one of those. It’s adequate for a moderate level of exercise I suppose, which is better than nothing.)

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.”
~Henry David Thoreau

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Monday, October 15th, 2007

Yin Yang Smoothie, Exercise & Food

by Kristen Suzanne in exercise, raw chocolate, raw recipes, smoothies

Today was another super day in my life even though I awoke quite late again. How can I help it? Saturday night started with a party (yep, I had wine). Then, I came home and stayed up watching the Firefly TV Series on DVD followed by the movie, Serenity until 5am – they are both fantastic, clever, and addicting (clearly…since I stayed up all night watching them).

Exercise:
I was full of energy and I couldn’t wait to get to the gym. I focused my weight routine on chest and tricep exercises (push-ups, cable cross overs, dips, and V-bar push down). Between sets I raised my heart rate by jumping rope. For the last 15 minutes of my workout I rode a stationary bike, while indulging my mind in a magazine sharing the latest gossip on celebrities. (Did I just admit that?)

Food:
Breakfast: 4 cups smoothie (2 cups water, 2 cups spinach (packed), 2 large bananas, 1 apple, 2 tsp fresh rosemary (minced), 1/3 habanero pepper)
Lunch/Dinner: Huge salad with a mix of chopped red bell peppers, carrots, celery, cucumber on top of spring lettuce served with scrumptious Raw Italian Dressing
Snack: nibbled on 1/2 habanero pepper
Dessert: my new recipe Easy Chocolate Coconut Sauce drizzled over sliced bananas and chopped almonds (recipe included in this month’s email newsletter…have you subscribed yet? If not, why are you waiting? Visit www.KristensRaw.com to subscribe now.

Addendum: It’s 3:32 am and I just ate a medium size salad (same items as earlier) followed by my swirling energetic Yin Yang Smoothie. The cool and refreshing effect from the frozen bananas (Yin) opposite the spicy hot fire you feel on your tongue and the back of your throat as you swallow (Yang)…well, it’s enough to make anyone feel refreshingly hot.


Yin Yang Smoothie
1 – 2 cups water
3 frozen bananas
3 tablespoons organic raw chocolate powder
3/4 – 1 red jalapeno pepper

Blend all of the ingredients until thick and creamy. Enjoy.

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