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Welcome to the Wellness Revolution

By Kris Carr

Hi, I'm Kris Carr, and I'd like to invite you a marvelous soirée: The wellness revolution. And the sooner you RSVP the better because wide-sweeping change is happening in every home, from Tallahassee to Timbuktu.

More people than ever before are embracing the transformative power of a plant-based diet. And it isn't just hippies in hemp and patchouli or Prius-driving latte-guzzlers. From truckers to the First Lady, professional athletes to soccer moms, veg-centered consciousness is skyrocketing.

Some people flock to plant-empowered living for better health; others for spiritual beliefs, animal welfare, respect for the environment, or, best of all, because it tastes great. The simple, fresh flavors in plant-based meals create layers of taste, while the smells intoxicate and satisfy our senses. This food has style and rhythm, texture and glamour.

Plant-strong cuisine is taking the culinary world by storm, igniting the Internet, and permeating the media and pop culture. I am extremely proud to be a voice in an ever-growing movement that will change the course of our health-care system, and thus, our history.

That's why I'm proud to release "The Crazy Sexy Kitchen," a collection of recipes that defy expectations. This isn't your average cookbook. It's a Veggie Manifesto for gourmands and novices alike, and it's filled with nonviolent rabble-rousing and brainiac learning. Oh, and of course: insanely delicious meals.

My goal is quite simple. I want to redefine today's kitchen and I want you to feel comfy and cozy in it.

Here's just a taste of what's inside the book, a recipe for a jaw-droppingly tasty French Toast. If you're intrigued, I invite you to check out a free 20-page sample of the book. So give it a try! I hope you'll find that the goodness born in the kitchen reaches deep into the rest of your life-enriching your health, your home, and the planet.

French Toast with amaretto crème

Morning decadence at its best--vegan-style. Simplify this recipe by skipping the Amaretto Crème and serving it with fresh berries and a bit of maple syrup. Although, if you're a sucker for anything almond-flavored, the crème is a must.

1. Prepare Amaretto Crème: In a high-speed blender, blend all ingredients until smooth.

2. Prepare French Toast: In a medium bowl, whisk the almond butter, almond milk, flour, yeast, cinnamon, maple syrup, nutmeg, vanilla, and salt to make the batter, or blend ingredients in blender until smooth. Set aside.

3. Slice the baguette or other bread in thick slices. Dip bread slices into batter. Allow each slice to sit in the batter for a minute, which helps it absorb more.

4. Add ½ tablespoon vegan butter to a flat pan, flat grill, or large saute pan on medium heat. Once melted, add battered bread slice. Add additional ½ tablespoon of vegan butter for each bread slice. (It's okay if the slices are wet with lots of batter--this is what creates the delicious crust.)

5. Cook on medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Flip with spatula, and cook other side until lightly golden.

6. Serve: Drizzle Amaretto Crème on while French Toast is still warm and top with a generous handful of fresh berries and pecans.

Amaretto Crème

1 cup raw cashews, soaked for a few hours to overnight in water (to soften)

1 can coconut milk (for raw version, blend . cup coconut meat with 1 cup coconut water)

½ cup nondairy milk of choice

½ cup amaretto liquor

½ tablespoon vanilla extract or

1 vanilla bean, scraped

¼ cup agave

Pinch of sea salt

French Toast

½ cup raw almond butter or cashew butter

1 ½ cups vanilla almond milk

¼ cup whole spelt flour

2 tablespoons nutritional yeast (optional)

1 tablespoon cinnamon

¼ cup maple syrup or date paste*

¼ teaspoon nutmeg powder

½ tablespoon vanilla extract

Sea salt, to taste

Whole-grain baguette or your favorite whole-grain bread (whole-grain cinnamon raisin bread is superb as well)

3 tablespoons Earth Balance or any vegan butter

Garnish

Fresh berries

Toasted pecans or Maple Candied Pecans (optional)

* TIP: How to make Date Paste. Blend 1 cup of pitted dates with 1 cup filtered water until a thick paste forms. The paste will keep in the fridge for two weeks. Dates add a sweet kiss to smoothies, dressings, sauces, or desserts, without adding refined sugar.

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Kris Carr is a New York Times best-selling author and is the subject and director of the documentary, Crazy Sexy Cancer, which aired on TLC and The Oprah Winfrey Network. As an irreverent foot soldier in the fight against disease, Kris inspires countless people to take charge of their health and happiness by adopting a plant-passionate diet, improving lifestyle practices, and learning to live and love like you really mean it. You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter, or visit her official website.

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