28 Mar 2011

Kristen's Raw - A Favourite Website

Since it was launched in 2007, Kristen's Raw has been one of my favorite raw food websites. At that stage I hadn't even thought of going raw but was looking for ideas for fresh, tasty, nutritious smoothies and salads to add to my Vegan meals. What a great surprise when I discovered I could could get far more than that and I could serve all my meals raw. At this stage I have reached around 70% raw, my goal being at least 90% by the end of 2011.

Kristen Suzanne is a recognized raw food chef and has written several successful books, available as both e-books and print, on the raw food lifestyle. She gives classes and has been interviewed on radio and TV, and has appeared in magazines.

The Kristen's Raw website covers many subjects: Raw food recipes, how to get started, benefits of a high raw diet*, weight loss and maintenance, raw food FAQ and testimonials. She has an affiliate program which I am sure will interest those with health, eco-friendly, Vegan and/or raw food type blogs. Kristen Suzanne also has a terrific free newsletter and a blog where you will find tons of info and recipes.
*high raw diet refers to an all vegan diet that is 75-80% raw or more.
  
Kristen Suzanne's latest book is The Easy Way to Get Started and Succeed with Raw Food. This book is designed to help people experiment or migrate gradually toward the healthy raw food diet, using techniques such as combining raw and cooked elements in the same dish, or "sneaking" raw food into family meals. By introducing more Raw foods gradually, people's palates become accustomed to the delicious and unique textures and flavour profiles that are common in raw cuisine. There are 107 recipes, including: Pastas, burgers, pizza, tacos, sandwiches, desserts, cookies, breakfasts, salads, soups, sides, smoothies, juices, and shakes. The book (in both ebook and print format) also contains 3 bonus sections: Raw food tips for beginners, raw resources and instructions for soaking and dehydrating. Note: The e-book has photos included but the print book does not to keep the costs down.

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For the eco-friendly and Mummies out there Kristen Suzanne also has her Green Mummy Blog.

So why not pop in and visit Kristen's Raw website today, add it to your favorites, sign up for the newsletter, get some great info and/or purchase one of her terrific books.

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From Kristen Suzanne's newsletters:

Heavenly Cookies
Yield approximately 10 cookie balls
These cookies will be all the rage with your family and friends. They're easy to make (no equipment needed!) so you'll want to make extras.Trust me!~Kristen

1/4 cup + 2 tbsps raw nut butter (almond, pecan, or walnut)
1/2 cup + 2 tbsps unsweetened, dried coconut
1/2 cup raisins
2 tbsps light raw agave nectar
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
pinch Himalayan crystal salt
dash cinnamon

Stir everything together in a bowl with a spoon (large bowl and spoon if you're making a double or triple batch). Then, take a moment and mash it together with your hands. Yes, it's sticky and gooey, but it's fun and you still have to roll them so you'll be getting sticky and gooeyanyway. Using a 1-tablespoon measured amount of cookie batter, roll them into balls. Store these in the refrigerator or freezer.

Fun Variations:
~Stir in 1 tablespoon of raw chocolate powder or raw carob powder
~Roll them in dried, unsweetened coconut or ground nuts


Cherry Vanilla Hemp Shake
Yield 2 cups
Here is my delicious Cherry Vanilla Hemp Shake. It's the perfect way to celebrate Valentine's Day by loving yourself with nutrition and health,and if you have a partner in your life, then make extra and share the love for health~Kristen

1/2 cup water
1/4 cup organic shelled hemp seeds
1 (10oz) bag frozen organic cherries (or 2 cups fresh cherries, pitted)
1 tsp raw agave nectar (or 1 pitted date)
1/2 vanilla bean, chopped
pinch Himalayan crystal salt

Blend all of the ingredients together until smooth. Enjoy!

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