I’m Smitten…Green Juice

It’s true- I often get strange looks while I’m walking down the street holding a bright green concoction in my hands. “What is that?” people want to know. It’s green juice people. It’s hella good for you, and it’ll make you feel like a super woman, so close your eyes and drink! I wasn’t always keen on green. Juice wizard and wellness warrior, Kris Carr first made green foxy in her Crazy Sexy Diet book. Kris is a cancer “thriver” and developed an alkaline diet that’s kept her healthy based on plant and veggie goodness. She’s hardcore and swaps green juice/smoothies for breakfast, snacks, and even (gasp!) coffee! While I’m not as committed to the surrender of my morning joe, I’ve been adding juice to my health regime four or five days a week now and am a convert. I have more energy, don’t get sick as easily (knocking on wood as I write:), have improved digestion (nuff said), and overall am just nicer. So, if you want to go green, I’ve included a few of my favorite green smoothie and juice recipes for you to try at home. If you have vegetable phobias, stick with mild greens like spinach, cucumber, and celery. Make sure to mix in some sweetness like apple or pear to trick your tastebuds. I challenge you to do the juice thang at least once a week for the next 6 weeks and see if you don’t feel like you have wings. Make juice not war.

 Kris Carr’s Daily Green Juice

  • -2 large cucumbers (peeled if not organic)
  • -big fistful of kale
  • -big fistful of sweet pea sprouts
  • -4 – 5 stalks celery
  • -1 – 2 big broccoli stems
  • -1 pear or green apple (optional)
  • -1 inch of ginger (or less)
 Kimberly Snyder’s Signature Glowing Green Smoothie
  • 1 ½- 2 cups very cold, filtered water
  • 6 cups spinach, chopped
  • 5 cups organic romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 2 stalks of organic celery
  • 1 organic apple, cored and chopped
  • 1 organic pear, cored and chopped
  • 1 organic banana
  • 1–2 Tbs. fresh organic lemon juice

Optional Ingredients:

  • Ice cubes (the extra coldness can help newbies with the taste)
  • 1/2 cup of organic cilantro
  • 1/2 cup of organic parsley

Add water, spinach and chopped romaine to the blender. Starting the blender on a low speed; mix until smooth.
Gradually move to higher speeds and add the herbs, celery, pear, and apple. Add the banana and lemon juice last.

My Favorite Chartreuse Juice

  •  1 bundle of Organic Spinach
  • 2 organic cucumbers
  • 2 Organic Green Apples
  • Ginger to taste
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5 Things I’m Smitten With 61

Justin’s Almond Butter
With my active lifestyle, I’m always on the go, so sometimes fortifying myself on my feet can be tricky. On the streets of NYC, where a pizza slice is a given, I find myself ferreting around for something wholesome to put in my belly. After much thought, I’ve conjured up my all-time favorite childhood snack, an apple with peanut butter, and gave it 2012 makeover. Thanks to Justin’s (who produces the most divine nut butters), my kiddie nibble is even more nutritious with 6-7 grams of protein per serving, free of gluten, dairy, and trans-fats, and is completely vegetarian, and kosher. Justin, is founder Justin Gold, who started his first batches of gourmet nut butters in his home kitchen with one food processor. Now, you can find his products at Whole Foods, Safeway, or Kroger. You can purchase the 16oz jars for at-home use but I prefer the 1.15oz squeeze packs. I snapped up every flavor, like classic almond, honey almond, maple almond, and chocolate almond, to throw in my bag with an apple. Now that’s something that’ll keep the doctor away!

 

Tumi Luggage
After Christmas shopping is almost as good as getting gifts under the tree. This year, my Mom and I headed downtown to SoHo to do some damage. We stumbled upon the Tumi store front and wandered in. I’ve always associated Tumi naturally, with luggage. That’s what they do and they do it well. With some of the lightest luggage, one of the first to do 360 degree swivel wheels, a tracer that helps locate lost luggage, and even a comprehensive warranty, they are simply the leader in suitcases- but did you know they also have the loveliest bags, wallets, and accessories? The day we went they were having a killer sale and I got THE best tote with loads of inner pockets for all my stuff (similar to this), a wallet that has more compartments than I can fill (and my last wallet was stuffed!!), and a key chain that has removable hooks and matches my bag. The sales people in the store went above and beyond with service, like sending me a brand new version of my wallet right to my door complete with free shipping. All of my goodies have warranties just like their iconic suitcases, so now I’m not just traveling in style but commuting in it as well.

 

Sally B’s Skin Yummies
Last edition I mentioned my infatuation with Kimberly Snyder. Besides her food wisdom Kim endorsed only one manufacture of the stuff that goes on after you wash your face, makeup. Sally B’s Skin Yummies is one of the few in the cosmetic industry that is truly organic, hand-crafted, non-toxic, and completely Paraben-free. I ordered Sally’s tinted moisturizer (it feels like smoothie for your skin), and her Get Even Finishing Powder which is a light mineral powder that blots out excess oil and evens out my skin tone. I’ve been using the two together daily and my skin looks flawless and without irritation. The organic nature of these products make my skin feel healthy and don’t irritate my breakouts. Now, a convert, I’m dying to place my next order and try some other products such as her B Glossy Lip Gloss, Herba-pads Underarm Deoderant, and her Natural Buff Cuticle Bar.

 

Comptoir Des Cotonniers
More Mother and daughter shopping ensued during the holidays, this included my first purchase from Comptoir des Cotonniers. Obviously French, this clothing label is just like a French woman, stylish, sophisticated, a la mode, and ephemeral. Not new on the scene, this brand has been trending since their inception in 1995. Notorious for using un-named models, Comptoir uses real mother/daughter combos for their advertisments- they even have a link to apply to model their digs on the site. Mom, interested in playing dress up? While the price points definitely reflect the luxury of this line, it is worth every penny! I snagged a pair of the most gorgeous high-waisted black cotton blend pants and a classy wool boucle jacket that’s perfect with an oversized scarf. They have pretty hefty sales so their goods can be found on the cheap-er. Bloomingdales has a mini-store version of their relaxed and intimate boutiques, which there are 5 of in NYC. Their spring line is equally to die for and is sporting white tuxedo jackets with hints of lemon. Le sigh….

 

The New Starbucks App
Well, the java kings have done it again with their newest innovation that enables you to get your coffee in under 10 seconds flat. The newest version of the Starbucks App spotlights the ability to pay for your beverage with your iphone! You can still do all the things you used to with on the previous version of their app like, reload your card, find the nearest Barrista, and track your stars in their rewards program. Just bring up the barcode on your phone, they scan it directly, and voila! You are seconds closer to getting caffeine in your veins. You can thank your local Starbucks.