For many of us, juicing is life-changing – but in the case of our lovely September Guest Editor Kris Carr, it literally helped save her life. Now, just ten years after that scary diagnosis got her to shift her lifestyle for the better, Kris is living well in all ways possible. And we can’t think of any wellness warrior better suited to show us all how to do the same.
Kris’s list of NYT bestselling books is kind of like a “Best Of Wellness Advice” library all on its own. Next month, she’s adding one more title to that list: Crazy Sexy Juice: 100+ Simple Juice, Smoothie & Nut Milk Recipes to Supercharge Your Health. Because we just couldn’t wait a whole month longer, Kris is sharing with us two of her fave refreshing juice blends and healthy smoothie recipes from its crazy sexy pages…
Juicing and blending are near and dear to my heart. When I was diagnosed with an incurable stage IV cancer a decade ago, I quickly learned that meant I’d need to live with cancer – and I wanted to live well. (Still do.) So I did a lifestyle overhaul, including a major revamp to my diet. I went plant-based and started drinking in the good stuff: produce-packed juices and smoothies bursting with antioxidants, phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals… Never looked back; never felt better.
Healthy, supercharged drinks have been such a staple – and beloved ritual – for me over the years that I decided I needed to create a recipe book to spread the juicing and blending word even further. For Crazy Sexy Juice, I developed over a hundred juice, smoothie and nut milk recipes that are as delicious as they are nutritious (which is to say, they’re super good and super-good for you). Whether you’re a hardcore veggie lover or picky about produce, there are health-boosting creations in this book you’re going to love.
Today I want to share two of my faves from the book. Give ‘em a try!
Berry Protein Power
Berries and chocolate are like Fred and Ginger – a beloved pair. Hemp seeds and kale make this smoothie especially nutrient dense, plus the combination of banana and almond milk make it oh-so creamy. Makes 2 servings (20 to 24 ounces)
1 large banana, frozen
1 cup blueberries, frozen
1 1/2 cups almond milk or nondairy milk of choice
2 Tbsp hemp seeds
2 Tbsp cacao nibs
1 cup kale, leaves only, tightly packed
Wash and prep all ingredients. Blend and serve!
This immunity-boosting beverage is all about vitamin C, which may also help to prevent high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Win-win! I love the purple-haze color that red cabbage lends to this sweet-spicy juice, but green cabbage is a fine replacement if you don’t have red on hand. Makes 2 servings
4 stalks celery
2 small apples, cored and seeded
1 1/2 cups red cabbage
1-inch piece of ginger, peeled
Wash and prep all ingredients. Juice all ingredients.