In honor of women and our amazing birthing abilities, I’m drinking a Womanly Green Smoothie. As many of you know, I’m going to be “working” on becoming a mom in the (near) future. As a result, I’m starting early in taking excellent care of myself by paying extra close attention to everything that passes my lips and touches my body. I’m making a healthy and fertile playground of my body with conception on the horizon.
I love what Henry G. Bieler, M.D. wrote in his book Food Is Your Best Medicine:
“‘Doctor, is my baby all right?’ is the first question of almost every woman when her child is born. I myself have heard the question thousands of times. If every mother’s greatest wish is to have a truly healthy baby, why (in most cases) does she take such poor care of herself before the baby is born? And why does she feed her child from infancy to adulthood so improperly that illness inevitably results?”
Womanly Green Smoothie
1 cup Women’s Balancing Tea (brewed, cooled to room temperature)
6 organic strawberries
1 handful organic spinach
Blend it up and enjoy.
raw vegan paleo gluten-free strawberry cobbler
This delicious cobbler recipe is available in both my print book and ebook, Kristen Suzanne’s EASY Raw Vegan Desserts (but I’m also sharing it with you here). It’s a delightful recipe with a punch of flavors that keep playing in your mouth, well after you’ve swallowed a bite. *I’ve edited the recipe online to use raw honey vs agave because we don’t eat agave anymore.
I chose strawberries for this cobbler because it’s summer and they’re in season. And, buying organic food in season is just one of many ways to buy organic on a budget.
Strawberries have som nice health benefits:
- Help protect against a variety of cancers
- Rich in folate, fiber, vitamin C and potassium
- Heart-disease fighting phytonutrients
- Compounds may help strengthen short term memory (nice!)
You’ll also see that I’ve included prunes in the recipe. I like using prunes because they have a wonderful, soft texture and they’re not as sweet as most other dried fruits. And, they’re full of antioxidants.
Summer Strawberry Cobbler
Kristen Suzanne of Kristen’s Raw
Yield one 8×8 glass-baking dish
2 cups raw pecans or walnuts
3/4 cup dried coconut, shredded & unsweetened
1 teaspoon fresh organic orange zest
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
2/3 cup currants
1/3 cup pitted prunes, chopped
The Strawberry Filling
25 oz fresh organic strawberries, destemmed (or use frozen and thaw them)
1/3 cup fresh orange juice
8 soft dates, pitted
2 tablespoons raw honey (or maple syrup if vegan)
Place the nuts, coconut, orange zest, cinnamon, and salt in a food processor, fitted with the S-blade, and process until coarsely ground. Add the currants and prunes, and process until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs and holds together when gently pressed between two fingers. Set aside.
Take about 15-16 ounces (approximately two-thirds) of the strawberries, chop them and set aside in a large bowl. Then, place the rest of the strawberries along with the orange juice, dates, and agave in a blender and process until smooth. Pour into the bowl with the chopped strawberries and stir.
Pour half of the crumble in the bottom of the glass-baking dish and give it a firm but gentle press. Spread the strawberry filling on top. Sprinkle the remaining cobbler crumble on top of the strawberry filling, allowing some of the beautiful strawberry filling to show through. Serve at room temperature, or warm in a dehydrator for up to an hour at 130 degrees for extra deliciousness. Covered, Summer Strawberry Cobbler will keep for up to three days in the refrigerator.
I craved a big, fresh, organic salad today, but I wanted to put a different twist on it for some extra fun and added health benefits.
My inspiration was to make something that was easy on digestion, and since chewing is such an important part for healthy digestion (breaking down the food into small enough pieces), I decided to make my big, fresh salad truly chopped to facilitate that.
Basically, I used my food processor to chop all the different components of the my salad into tiny pieces (carrots, red bell pepper, avocado, cucumber, parsley, romaine lettuce). Using my food process, fitted with the “S” blade, I processed the different produce one-by-one until it was in tiny pieces and then transferred it to a bowl. (I didn’t throw everything into the food processor all at once because the foods have differing water contents, and if you, for example, chop up cucumber with carrot, the carrot takes longer to chop, thereby turning the cucumber to mush by the time the carrot gets small enough).
Then, I added dried cranberries to the bowl of chopped goodies, and tossed in a simple dressing (hemp oil, lemon juice, salt, agave nectar). Voila… Truly Chopped Salad. Great for digestion, fun to eat, and delicious. Just imagine all of the other possibilities… fennel, olives, herbs, cilantro, spinach, pineapple, zucchini, beets, prunes, currants, celery, etc. Yum!
My Organic Raw Food Intake (so far):
Green Smoothie (apple, orange, spinach)
2 large servings Truly Chopped Salad
Summer Strawberry Cobbler (recipe will be posted by tomorrow)
20 minutes on the treadmill (walk/run)
Back strength training (wide-grip pull down, close grip row, hyperextensions)
Jumping jacks between weight lifting sets
Daily Conversation Question
How will our culture change in the next 100 years?
It’s been a busy Friday so far. I played in the kitchen with new raw vegan chocolate recipes and right now I’m catching up on business, emails, etc. I still have to get to the gym and get a solid workout. I think I really need it…feeling the need to pound it out on the treadmill or something.
Is there a full moon coming in the next few days? Is it me or is everyone feeling a little weird-ish today. Oh wait! Maybe it has something to do with Fri/13th? Hhhmmm….That has to be it (and it explains a lot – haha).
Isn’t this dog adorable? If only I could train my dog to carry my organic produce – yeah, that’ll be the day – haha :)
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Daily Conversation Question (doing a twofer today):
What’s the most significant problem facing the world?
What does your perfect day look like?
Wednesday, June 11th, 2008
With summer fast approaching, I was in search of yet another way to enjoy green smoothies, so I decided to make Green Smoothie Popsicles. The extra cool thing about these is that kids LOVE them! They’re so easy, cute, and refreshing…just what we need in hot temperatures. And, the varieties are endless…making watermelon popsicles with a touch of rind is on tomorrow’s menu for me. They’re going to be so pretty – I’m such a girl! I’m going to call those Princess Popsicles. Here are the ingredients for the Green Smoothie Popsicles featured in the picture:
splash lemon juice
Blueberry Ginger Affair
splash lemon juice
Simply blend the ingredients together for the recipe you choose and pour into popsicle molds and freeze. If you don’t have popsicle molds, then you can freeze them in an ice cube tray and have Green Smoothie Popsicle Bites.
I’ll be at Whole Foods this Saturday featuring my recipe for Summer Strawberry Cobbler. With Father’s Day coming up, this is the PERFECT dessert to take (or to any summer party). I promise…people will be begging you for the recipe :) If you’re interested in trying it, stop by Whole Foods (Raintree/101 location) between 11am-1pm.
Ten-hut (the full version: a-ten-hut) is the abbreviated military term for “Come to attention!” And, that’s exactly what this smoothie does…gets my attention! It’s sweetly delicious, reminds me of the army green color, and attention getting with great nutrition. Can you imagine if we fed our military with green smoothies? (They deserve the best after-all!)
I had it for lunch today (I love drinking smoothies and juices for breakfast and lunch because they’re easy to make, loaded with superior nutrition, fill me with unstoppable energy, and taste so dang great).
Sweet Army Green Smoothie
Yield 1 quart
1 1/2 cups water
3 frozen bananas
2 medium leaves lacinato kale
big handful cilantro
1 tablespoon Vitamineral Green Powder (y’all know this is my fave!)
Blend it up and feel your body ten-hut!
PS…Oprah update. She’s still rockin’ it out vegan style – boohyah!
I’m getting together the goods for my next email newsletter (sign up here), and one of the featured recipes is this delicious dip (or it can be used as a salad dressing like I did here). I promise…the next time you’re jonesing for a ranch style dip or dressing that is so satisfying and keeps you coming back for more, make this! It’s amazing.
Kristen’s Raw – Twitter Style
I’ve been having a lot of fun using Twitter to stay connected and meet new people around the world. Follow along with me here.
I was born and raised in Michigan and the humid summertime in Michigan (as a kid) just wasn’t the same if you didn’t indulge in a slurpee from a 7-Eleven convenience store. Well, today I was taking a stroll down memory lane as I slurped on a delicious concoction that transported me back to childhood days. Granted, it certainly didn’t look or taste exactly like the all-too-sugary-sweet experience of the past. But! The texture was the same and with my transformed vegan crudivore taste buds and desires, I loved the “green, raw, organic” version so much more. It was so great that I’m headed back to the kitchen to make another one when I finish this post. I can tell this is going to be a staple all summer long here in the dry Arizona desert heat. I can’t wait to make a bunch of other combinations…just frozen fruit and green powder…that’s the trick to making it just like a slurpee’s texture!
Yield 3 cups
1 cup water
1 cup frozen organic mango
1 cup frozen organic peaches
1 heaping spoonful Vitamineral Green Powder (this stuff kicks butt and takes names!)
Give it all a whirl in your blender and enjoy fresh, pure energy when your body’s cells jump for joy as they swim in nutrition.
Daily Conversation Question:
What one question would you ask a psychic about the future?
Friday, June 6th, 2008
Kristen Suzanne in raw
For those of us eating a Raw diet, did you know there is a term used to describe our eating behavior that goes beyond the typical “Raw” which is so commonly used? There is! We’re called crudivores (pronounced like crude, as in unrefined, unprocessed). Throw that term around at the next party you attend. Check out more here (it’s really cool!). More specifically, for my purposes and most others living the Raw lifestyle (who omit animal products and by-products), we should call ourselves vegan crudivores.
If you google crudivore, you’ll see that there are about 6,000 results which is very low. Even lower are the results you get when googling vegan crudivore (about 800). To put that into perspective, herbivore yields about 1.4 million results.
Wednesday, June 4th, 2008
Kristen Suzanne in Hemp
Times are changing and it’s exciting. Check out this article about some fast food chains going organic. As a High Raw All Vegan (HRAV), I love knowing that our nation is starting to desire healthier food choices, which, in my book, means more people learning about Raw in the long run. We have to start somewhere and fresh organic food is a great place.
Organic and eating locally grown foods are both “hot” trends for chefs right now, and this means more organic options at restaurants. Yippee! How great would it be to enjoy gobbling up fresh salads and dishes made from organic ingredients when you dine out?
My HRAV Food Today
Organic coconut black tea
1 quart Blueberry Power Packed Green Smoothie (recipe below)
1/4 cup Manitoba Harvest Hemp Seeds
that’s it so far…
Blueberry Power Packed Smoothie
Yield 1 quart
2 cups water
2 cups blueberries
1/4 cup Manitoba Harvest Hemp Protein Powder (the best available)
1 tablespoon Vitamineral Green Powder (my favorite!)
1 tablespoon chia seeds (these are so fun!)
3 handfuls spinach
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Blend this power packin’ goodness up and enjoy some mega energy and fulfillment!
Daily Conversation Question
If you could have front row seats to any concert, who would you like to see?