Zosimos Botanicals – When it comes to makeup, I want the healthiest possible. Zosimos Botanicals is one of my favorites. I use their loose powder mineral foundation. And, what’s more… they’re an environmentally conscious company. They handcraft their own line of mineral makeup and natural skincare in a 100% wind-powered workshop. Cool!
Excalibur Dehydrator – Dehydrating your Raw food is a great addition to your Raw lifestyle because it adds tremendous variety to your diet as well as shelf life to some of your food. Now you can have crunchy foods, warm foods, marinated foods with a texture reminiscent of cooked food, and foods that can last a long time in your refrigerator or freezer. Learn everything you need to about using this magnificent piece of kitchen equipment, along with some of the best dehydrating recipes ever, with my book (ebook also available), EASY Raw Food Dehydrating.
Miracle 5 Liter Harsch Fermenting Crock Pot – Having Raw, Organic, Unpasteurized sauerkraut (and other fermented veggies) is a staple in my family’s diet. The benefits are numerous (friendly bacteria, vitamins, minerals, enzymes)! The problem is that it can get pretty expensive when buying this from the store on a regular basis. That’s why I invested in this awesome fermenting pot (I actually have the 7.5 liter). Now, I can make my own homemade (Raw, Organic, and Unpasteurized) sauerkraut and fermented vegetables for much cheaper. And, it’s FUN and totally bad-ass! Check out my video demonstrating it here.
Hurom Juicer – YEAH BABY! This is my favorite juicer. It’s way easy (and fast) to use, quick to clean, and juices with a single auger, making it a slow juicer so the juice stays fresh longer. I know, oxymoron, right? Slow juicer that juices fast? But, it does! The size of the auger makes juice fast by moving a lot through it, but at a slow speed. My life wouldn’t be the same without fresh organic green juice (I like to call it Plant Blood - lol). For amazing juice recipes, check out my book (also available in ebook), Kristen Suzanne’s EASY Raw Smoothies, Juices, Elixirs & Drinks.
Multi-Pure Undercounter Water Filter – This is the absolute smartest, most cost-effective, environmentally sound way to drink and prep food with delicious, pure, toxin-free water. Bottled water is ecological insanity and tap water is suspect even in the best of cases because municipalities don’t test for many dangerous contaminants such as hormones or prescription drugs that get into the water supply via urine. And even if your city tests well against the standard toxins, anything can happen in the pipes between them and you. Read More »
Blendtec Blender – One of the best high-powered blenders on the market. It’s great for making all kinds of Raw vegan recipes. One of my favorite aspects about Blendtec is the shape of the container. The four flat sides (and the two-pronged blade) make it easy to get the food out, simple to clean, and the whole unit fits neatly on my counter under my cupboard. Not only that, but they now also offer a big 3-quart jar with lid (additional purchase), which is awesome for making big batches of smoothies, soups, etc. High powered blenders like this, and the Vita-Mix 5200 (details above), make Raw food preparation FUN!
Vita-Mix 5200 Blender – I’m a fan of both Vita-Mix and Blendtec blenders, because they are both great. The Vita-Mix 5200 model comes with a container that is BPA-FREE (Hello! BPA-FREE!) with improved sound dampening so it’s not crazy loud, even though it comes with a powerful 2 peak HP motor. It also has a fantastic, easy to use lid and pour spout. This bad boy pulverises berries – skins, SEEDS, and all – that ROCKS, because those seeds are loaded with nutrition that would normally get passed right through your body! Read More »
MAC Knife – The number one tool you need in your kitchen is an excellent, sharp knife. You might as well make it FUN while you’re at it, eh? This is the one I love and use. It has a wonderful feel to it and the mega sharp blade rocks the house! And, while you’re at it, don’t forget to get a Knife Sharpener. It’s very important to keep your knife sharp because a dull knife can be just as, if not more(!), dangerous than a sharp knife. This is the one I use with my MAC knife.
Chia Seeds – The Chia Seed is an amazing food. I use them in my shakes frequently because they’re so nutritious and they make my shakes and smoothies deliciously thick and filling. Chia seeds rock the house. Read my post at Kristen’s Raw about chia here, the“Dieter’s Dream Food.” Chia seeds are being praised for many things including their fantastic nutrient profile, which proudly boasts iron, boron, essential fatty acids, fiber, and more. Add to that the claims that they Read More »
Sun Warrior Protein Powder – Another protein powder regularly consumed in our household is sprouted, raw vegan, brown rice protein powder. For this we buy Sun Warrior’s brand. This has a high protein content, and according to Sun Warrior, their brown rice protein is actually complete (they told me: Most rice proteins in the past used white polished rice. We’ve taken organic whole grain brown rice with the bran and the endosperm layers which raise the amino acid profile to make a complete protein. It’s bio-fermented with natural enzymes (no heat), stripping down the carbohydrate and sugar content, leaving 85% bio-available protein.) Read More »
Hemp Protein Powder – This a big part of my diet, especially during my pregnancy. It’s an amazing source of plant-strong protein. I would have to say that my favorite protein powder for taste is plain ol’ Hemp Protein Powder. I like it because it doesn’t actually have much taste to it. Some say it has a likable “nutty” flavor. It’s a wonderful source of complete protein and fiber. If there was a downside of hemp protein powder, I’d say it’s the texture. It’s gritty, like sand. For this reason, I’m not a huge fan of just having it plain with water (which I do prefer with some other protein powders such as Sun Warrior’s Sprouted Brown Rice Protein). In general, the way I overcome the grit-factor Read More »
Hemp Seeds – Hemp is commonly referred to as a “superfood” because of its amazing nutritional value. Its amino acid profile dominates with the 8 essential amino acids (10 if you’re elderly or a baby), making it a vegetarian source of “complete” protein! Manitoba Harvest is my favorite source for hemp products, and I always stock up when I buy their hemp seeds because they’re a staple in my family’s diet. I use their hemp seeds, hemp butter, protein powder and oil to make many delicious raw vegan recipes all the time… Read More »
Amazing Grass Organic Wheat Grass Powder, 8.5-Ounce Canister Wheat grass is an important part of my diet. But, I’ll be honest… I sometimes just cannot stomach the fresh kind (the smell alone can make my stomach turn). So, I keep a supply of Amazing Grass’ powdered wheat grass in my freezer all the time. It’s easy to mix and much easier for me to tolerate than the fresh stuff. Don’t get me wrong though, I still go hardcore and drink the fresh stuff from time to time – haha – but for the most part I drink the powdered version of Amazing Grass, which is very impressive! Here’s a fun and uber healthy recipe you can use… Read More »
RAW Protein – Garden of Life – I like rotating this protein powder into our raw vegan protein shake cycles because it contains a notable blend of proteins that I don’t get in my diet in general (at least not on a regular basis). For instance, it has: (all organic) sprouted brown rice protein, amaranth sprout, quinoa sprout, millet sprout, buckwheat sprout, garbanzo bean sprout, kidney bean sprout, lentil sprout, adzuki bean sprout, flax seed sprout, sunflower seed sprout, pumpkin seed sprout, Read More »
Maca Powder – Organic Raw Superfood, 16-Ounce – It’s true, I’m not the hugest fan of maca (it kind of smells like feet to me – haha) but this is one of the most popular superfoods among Raw vegans. It’s noted for giving you tons of energy and increased stamina for exercise, long days, and your libido! Here’s a recipe where I actually couldn’t taste it very much, so quite enjoyable… Read More »
Fruits of the Earth 360 grams – Get ready for some extra sassy smoothies, or just use this to create the most nutritious water you’ve ever had! It’s a phenomenal potent combination of nature’s most nutritive fruits from around the world. Your smoothies (or just plain water) will never be the same. My husband loves having this in his Raw Vegan Protein Grenades, too!
Vitamineral Green 16 oz. - My all time FAVORITE green powder. Yowza – this stuff is potent! Vitamineral Green comes from a highly reputable company and it’s a must have in every kitchen cupboard. I include a tablespoon of this amazing nutrition in my life almost daily for my family. By far, this is the most effective green powder on the market that I’ve tried. My husband loves when I put in his Raw Vegan Protein Grenades.
Organic Raw Vegan White Cacao Butter – 1 Pound – Talk about decadent! This organic raw cacao butter is the stuff that dreams are made of. If you want to make the most impressive and delicious raw vegan cheesecakes, chocolates, and desserts, then you have to buy this. And, don’t stop at making food that you eat using your mouth with this wonderful product… your skin can eat it, too – this makes a wonderful, all natural moisturizer! Gently make it a liquid using a dehydrator or a double boiler and rub onto your body after your next shower.
Organic Raw Vegan Cacao Chocolate Nibs – 1 Pound – Throw in your DVD of Apocalypto, dress up like a Mayan Princess, and grind your own chocolate in the original fashion using a stone mortar. (Ok, truth be told, I do it in 1/1000 the time with a coffee bean grinder wearing jeans and a t-shirt, but it’s fun to pretend!) These are perfect for adding texture and crunch to your Raw vegan smoothies, nut milks, ice creams and so much more. For fantastically delicious and healthy Raw vegan chocolate, check out my book (also available in ebook format), Kristen Suzanne’s Ultimate Raw Vegan Chocolate Recipes.
Organic Raw Vegan Chocolate Powder – 16 Ozs. – This stuff is a-freakin’-mazing. The best Raw chocolate powder for all of your chocolate needs. It will change your life. There should be a bag of this in everyone’s household. Check out my blog, Kristen’s Raw Blog, for a great recipe (with video) using this ingredient: Cherry Chocolate Bomb Shake.
Morrocco Method Int’l Hair Products – This has become my favorite line for hair care. I’ve been using Morrocco Method’s products on my hair for almost a year. The awesome thing about their products is that they’re organic, vegan, gluten-free, and even Raw! They are pure, baby, and I love them! Read More »
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My EASY Raw Recipe books and eBooks – You’re going to love these recipes! They’re raw, vegan, delicious, easy, and fun to make. I get oodles and oodles of testimonials. Try them yourself and see! You don’t have to take my word for it though… here are some testimonials from fans: Read More »
Food Revolution – By John Robbins. This is the new follow-up to Robbin’s ground-breaking classic, “Diet for a New America.” For those of you who don’t know, Robbins was heir to the Baskin Robbins fortune and gave it up when he came to realize that consuming dairy kills people.
Skinny Bitch – If you need a swift kick in the butt to motivate you to embrace the vegan diet, then this book is for you. It has moxie written all over it. Skinny Bitch is a no-nonsense, super funny, give-it-to-you-straight, can’t-put-it-down, sassy book. It’s one of my favorite gifts to give out during the holidays. Rumor has it that they’re writing a book for the dudes out there, too!
According to the Organic Trade Association, “Organic agricultural production benefits the environment by using earth-friendly agricultural methods and practices. Here are some facts that show why organic farming is “the way to grow.”
Choosing organically grown foods is one of the most important choices we can make. According to Environmental Working Group, “The growing consensus among scientists is that small doses of some pesticides and other chemicals can cause lasting damage to human health, especially during fetal development and early childhood.”
I use organic produce and products for pretty much everything when it comes to my food. There are very few exceptions, and that would be if the recipe called for something I just can’t get organic such as jicama, certain seasonings, or any random ingredient that my local health food store is not able to procure from an organic grower for whatever reason.
If you think organic foods are too expensive, then start in baby steps and buy a few things at a time. Read More »
The China Study – This is the earth-shattering book by Columbia University researcher Colin Campbell. If you eat meat or dairy after reading this, you’re in the same category as people who ride fast on motorcycles without wearing a helmet. On ice. Drunk. While doing Sudoku. Seriously, if you want to know the meticulously scientific, scary truth about meat’s causal linkage to cancer, heart disease, and numerous other killers, this is the most important book to read on this list. The chapters on how doctors, hospitals, FDA and the meat/dairy industries have responded to this will get your blood boiling.
Dr. Alkaitis has become my ultimate favorite for skin care. There is a lot of truth that a healthy, raw, organic, plant-based diet will help give your skin the glow, but it’s not fool proof all of the time. We also have to take into account what we put on our skin. One of the general philosophies I follow is that if I can’t eat it, I probably don’t want it touching my skin either. Enter: Dr. Alkaitis products. Holy moly! These are amazing. Read More »
There are three main reasons that people live a vegan lifestyle: Animal Rights - Health - Environment. Some people focus on one and some focus on all three. Personally, my primary reason for going vegan was for animal rights. I had always been interested in healthy living, so that was a major bonus. But when I learned about the ways it helps the environment, I was blown away.
For the purposes of this blog, I’m going to break it down for you Green Style, and write about how going vegan helps the environment. Read More »
We went to the Capitol to lobby for animal rights in Phoenix, AZ this week. What a terrific educational experience – we learned so much! The group was organized by the Human Society of the United States, and they took the time to really help organize us, brief us on the bills, and help make us feel extra comfortable with the process (many newbies were in attendance). There were over 80 attendees, with 24 of Arizona’s 30 districts being represented! - all fighting for animal rights.
We were divided into our districts and had appointments set for us with our specific representatives in the house and senate. Our group, District 7, was pretty successful in our attempts (score!). Our goal was to get support for 2-3 bills per representative depending on how much time we had. Our first meeting was with Senator Ed Bunch and we discussed three bills with him (one of which was to end greyhound racing in Tucson – did you know the track doesn’t pay taxes, yet this cruel and inhumane activity costs the state upwards of $250,000 a year!? And, in this horrible economy, that’s beyond ridiculous). Read More »
I wrote a blog post over at my Kristen’s Raw blog about Morrocco Method International Hair Products. You can read my original review here. Be sure to read the comments, too, because Anthony Morrocco chimes a couple of times to answer readers’ questions. Gotta love that!
I’m a paying customer of theirs, but they sent me a review package including some of their groovy elixirs to use on my scalp and hair. I love them. My husband and I have marveled at the rate of my hair growth. Some say that the pregnancy is contributing to that, but I’ve been using Morrocco Method products for some time now, well before I became pregnant. They also sent me their Agave Mist Styling Spritz to try. The only thing I’m not crazy about is the spray bottle… the sprayer thing itself shoots out a spray that is not “mist like” which makes it a little hard to use (it sprays kind of in a thick-ish stream, at least mine does, so what I do is spray it in my hands and then scrunch my hair or run it through with my hands). I’ve bought and tried their Feng Shea Facial Scrub which is a nice exfoliator. Read More »
Here is a blog post I wrote on Kristen’s Raw featuring my thoughts about Vita-Mix 5200 vs Blendtec.
There are actually two reviews. My first one was a comparison review for the new Vita-Mix 5200 versus the Blendtec that I’d had for quite a few years (and adored). Even though I loved my Blendtec for a long time, at the time of the review, I was impressed with Vita-mix’s BPA-free container as well as their warranty. I’ll say this… When it comes down to it, both blenders are phenomenal. They’re both high-powered and they both get the job done. Read More »
I’m very excited to share my latest project with all of you, Kristen Suzanne’s Green Mommy Blog. Currently, I blog over at Kristen’s Raw, but I found over the past 6 months or so that I was blogging about a lot of things that weren’t food related. So! I decided to start this blog so I can blog to my heart’s content about all things Green and Mommy Related, while keeping my Kristen’s Raw blog more food related.
So, get ready for some green mommy fun!
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