You knew this was going to happen! I warned any green juice/smoothie-phobics in the previous post.
With the change of seasons, I have found myself really craving green smoothies. I don’t have a juicer just yet, but it will be one of the first things I buy once I move! Weirdly, I crave them more now, that the temperatures are actually falling (ever so slightly), than I did all summer. I guess that my body understands that this is a bit of a challenging time for our immunities. Cough, Sniff, Cough.
If any of you have been/ are interested in juicing and smoothies, I am sure you know (or should know!) Kris Carr (http://kriscarr.com), author of the Crazy Sexy Diet. That girl is a powerhouse of health and happiness! She looks 20years younger and she just glows. I want that glow!
At first the cookbook title seems a little silly; another diet book… This is if you don’t know the story. You look closely and this is a girl that has been living with stage 4 cancer for 10years! And not only living, but thriving! A real inspiration to us all. How does she do it? Well, she completely revisited and revolutionised her diet. She now promotes a high raw vegan diet, both gluten free and sugar free. An alkalizing diet, to lower our body’s inflammation. It might sound drastic to some, but really, if you have stage 4 cancer and you decide to eat more kale instead of getting a multiple organ transplant, it doesn’t sound crazy to me! I can suck it up too then! Why not do some prevention.
Turns out, there isn’t too much sucking it up involved. I can’t say I live this lifestyle 100% of the time, but I feel like it’s important to be aware of it so you can make the best decisions for yourself. I think the most important thing is to listen to your body.
A few days ago I downloaded Kris Carr’s Crazy Sexy Juices and Succulent Smoothies, an online guide to juicing which has a bunch of awesome recipes. Right away I was interested in Chad Sarno’s AJ’s Power Smoothie. Since he is an amazing raw chef, I trusted him completely for my first smoothie of the season. He claimed it was his daughter’s favorite smoothie, so if a little girl liked it, I can like it too! And yes, it turned out totally amazing! Beautiful bright green, just the right amount of sweetness, and very satisfying. So don’t be shy, bring out those Vitamixes.
- 2 cups almond milk
- 1 cup berries
- 1/2 cup frozen mango
- 2 tablespoons almond butter (peanut works well too)
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup, or 1 date (I didn’t sweeten mine, just taste it and decide)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean
- sprinkle of cinnamon
- 4-5 kale leaves
- handfull of spinach (I just added a bunch of spinach as we don’t have kale here)
Get your glow on!