Everything I’ve learned about green juices and smoothies has been through my pal, marvelous mentor + client, Kris Carr. While in the trenches at Crazy Sexy Life headquarters a couple years back, our crew juiced everyday at the office (or picked up juice at a local joint). It was just part of daily life. Period. That was four years ago. Today, I’m in Baltimore full time, Skype-working with Ms. Kris, and raising a one-year-old. Life has changed, but my craving for green juice has not.
It wasn’t until my vacation in June that I reconnected with green juice, after a year of falling off the wagon time and time again. With a juice bar just down the road in Bar Harbor, ME, there was no excuse for skipping my daily green juice and I was happy to oblige. After seven straight days, I was hooked again and ready to pull my juicer out of hiding.
Since then, except for the power outage fiasco, I’ve juiced every day. Since your body doesn’t have to digest the fiber in your veggie juice, your cells receive an instant infusion of vitamins, nutrients, and all that other good stuff. Use organic produce whenever you can!
My favorite green juice:
Makes 20-25 ounces
1 head romaine
2-3 stalks celery
1 lime (peeled)
1 1-inch piece of ginger
This is just my variation of Kris’ daily juice recipe (she is more gutsy with the greens, I like a milder + sweeter juice). Usually, I drink half right away and put the other half in a lidded mason jar (yet another Kris tip).
Here’s why I love juicing:
❤ Instant focus + energy boost
❤ Better digestion
❤ Decreased junk food cravings, less over-eating
❤ Improved mood + less mood swings = inner balance
❤ Stronger immune system, less susceptible to colds, flu, etc.
I’ve traveled a lot this summer and I love being able to pick up a Blue Print green juice at Whole Foods while on the road. Yes, making and buying veggie juice costs extra money, but I compensate by rarely going to bars (alcohol is pretty pricey too!) and opting for regular coffee vs. soy lattes when at a cafe (most of the time). Saving a dollar here and there adds up and I like to put those extra bucks toward long term health and instant energy.
I’ve been using a Breville Ikon Multi-Speed juicer for the past four years and it’s never let me down (looks like their newer model is the Juice Fountain Elite). There are countless juicers out there and you’ll find a breakdown of all of them in Kris’ juice + smoothie ebook. If you’re not sure if you want to commit to a juicer yet, visit a juice bar or pick up a bottled green juice at Whole Foods every day for a week (make sure your green juice is raw + 100% veggies/fruits–no added anything!). See how you feel. I bet you’ll make the investment after that. If you’re looking for a more affordable juicer, I recommend the Breville Compact Juicer ($139).
More questions? Just ask! Now, excuse me while I go make a green juice.