The first part of last year kind of kicked my tail, the year fizzled out at the end, and the new year started out a little bit blah. Surely the new year just has to be better! One thing that has felt great so far this year is that I’ve been good about my health every day. I know it’s still early, but Go Me!
I’m not a gym rat–I do all my exercise at home or outside. Yoga, walking, hiking, biking, skiing, and doing various DVDs have always been my go-to’s for fitness. Unfortunately, I let my fitness seriously slide which meant that I didn’t ski on New Years this year because of the craptastic shape I’ve gotten myself into. 🙁 It was a major bummer, so no more of that shizzle!
So far this year I’ve been really good about my yoga practice and I’ve added additional workouts that have reminded my muscles why I’m supposed to do them–whoa!
I’ve also been good about what I’m eating. Leif and I are big Kris Carr fans and a few years ago we bought her book, Crazy Sexy Kitchen. We loved it and learned a lot about juicing (and nutrition) from that book so when Kris’s book, Crazy Sexy Juice came out, it was a no-brainer for us to get that book as well.
It’s a beautiful book I’ve recommended to a lot of people in person, but I want to share a couple of drink recipes from it so you’ll also be encouraged to check it out. I don’t get anything for writing about this–no affiliate links or anything–I just love the recipes in the book and, like I said, I am a big fan of Kris Carr, and I want to share the wealth with you.
Green drinks are excellent for your health and can be fantastically delicious. They don’t taste like you’re drinking grass! Crazy Sexy Juice has lots of different juice recipes–not just green. There are recipes for healing, immunity boosting, energy, cleansing, etc. Give a lot of them a try–they’re all good for you! Both recipes in this post are green drinks but one is a juice and the other is a smoothie.
Juicing is excellent because the nutrients get into our system really fast because the fiber is left out. Blending (for smoothies) allows a slower absorption of the nutrients because the fiber is left in. Some foods are more suited to juicing (carrots, for instance) and others are more suited to blending (sprouts, for instance). Sometimes a juiced drink is energizing and I feel revived and energized very quickly. Sometimes a blended drink feels more satisfying–like it stays with me a little longer. There are benefits to both so a diet with a combination of juiced and blended drinks is the way to go!
Honestly, I’ve enjoyed the flavor of ALL the drink recipes in Crazy Sexy Juice, which means it became one of my favorite kitchen books really quickly.
Remember to be flexible about the ingredients. If a recipe calls for two sticks of celery, but you want to add three, that’s cool. If it calls for 1 1/2 cups of kale leaves, but you’re a little short, don’t stress. You want to add broccoli? Do it. Drinks are not an exact science like baking. They’re more about providing nutrients and flavor. I always use Granny Smith apples in my juices and smoothies. You don’t have to if the recipe doesn’t call for them specifically, but they’re my apple of juice for making drinks.
These two drinks showcase the goodness of green in juice and smoothie form. The Classic Green Lemonade is Kris’s take on the classic green juice and it’s a little bit sweet from the apple with a little zing from the ginger. It’s so refreshing–just gives a terrific boost to your bod! Both recipes make two servings (approx 20 oz).
The Granny Smith Apple Pie is tasty! It’s a little thicker since it’s a smoothie and has a banana. The recipe calls for pumpkin seed milk or a non-dairy milk of choice. There is a recipe for pumpkin seed milk (and other nut milks) in the book.