Favorite Juices book Reviews

Over 85 of Wai Lana’s Favorite Juice and Smoothie Recipes
Reviewer: Lyda Whiting, Awareness magazine, March/April 2004

The health benefits of natural antioxidants like vitamins A and C are still being discovered. While supplements can be useful, the most complete source of vitamins and minerals is fresh food, especially fruits and vegetables. One of the most interesting and delicious ways to enjoy the benefits of fresh produce is juicing. 

Wai Lana, a well-known yoga instructor with a nationwide PBS television series and numerous yoga videos to her credit, makes juicing seem easy and delicious with this appealing book. Over 85 recipes are included, all beautifully illustrated with luscious photographs. Many of the recipes will appeal to kids as well as the rest of the family. The pictures alone will entice you into trying these intriguing combinations. Each recipe includes a list of benefits as well as ways to boost nutrition and flavor. 

There are separate sections for fruit juices, vegetable juices, smoothies, and desserts. There is even a section on how to use the pulp left over from juicing, including recipes for patés, vegetarian burgers, and muffins. There are fact-filled charts on vitamins and minerals, details on finding the best produce, and on storing your juice, as well as information on supplements and herbs to add to your juice for taste and added nutrition. 

If you have been thinking about adding fresh juices to your life, or if you are looking for some new and interesting juicing recipes, this is a great book to explore. While the recipes require a juicer or at least a good blender, most of the fresh ingredients are readily available in Southern California. Recommended.

A Colorful and Tasty Delight

Reviewer: New Age Retailer Magazine, May/June 2004

Tantalizing is the perfect word to describe both this book and its juice and smoothie recipes. Wai Lana, a popular television yoga instructor, shares her recipes for healthy fruit juices and vegetable juices in this attractive volume.

I have been juicing for years, and this book is excellent. One of my favorite concoctions is Carrot Cake Cooler. With its mixture of carrots, apples, pineapple, ginger, and pumpkin pie spice, this healthy drink really does taste like carrot cake. Lana stresses healthy living and eating throughout the book. I could not find a juice recipe that sounded unappealing. For many of the juices, Lana includes recipes for smoothies and desserts, and she also describes ways cooks can use leftover pulp. I made Lana’s Veggie Hazelnut Burgers using leftover carrot pulp, and they were very tasty. An excellent chart details vitamin functions; symptoms of vitamin deficiency; and the best sources for vitamins. 

Fantastically bright and colorful photographs fill every page, giving the book exceptional eye appeal. The cover image reflects the book’s strikingly bold color scheme and will display well. The celebrity of the ever-smiling Lana also will boost sales. The book makes a wonderful gift for people who want to transition to healthier eating; who already are eating in a healthy way; and who prepare food for children. 

Juicy Delight

Reviewer: Living Without Magazine, Summer 2004 

Noted yoga practitioner Wai Lana shares years of personal research in this new compilation of 88 juicy recipes, Wai Lana's Favorite Juices (Wai Lana Productions). Dazzling color photographs of succulent fresh fruits and vegetables accompany the author's favorite recipes, which are simple to follow. There are mouth-watering formulas using fresh produce from every season, creative smoothie combinations, and even delectable uses for pulps, such as making pineapple carrot muffins. Summer is the perfect time to begin, so start juicing today!

Wai Lana’s Favorite Juices 

Reviewer: Alaska Wellness, March/April 2005 

This is a beautiful book with bright, colorful, full-page photographs of every single fruit juice, vegetable juice, and smoothie recipe that is presented. The type is large and easy to read, and each open page offers both photograph and recipe so that it’s easy to see exactly what you are making. In fact, the photos are so clear and lovely that it’s hard to decide if this should be a coffee table book or one for the kitchen. 

Some of the tempting recipes include: Mango Berry Fusion (mango, raspberries, lime juice, and milk), Singer’s Cider (pineapple, pear, lemon, ginger, and cayenne), Evening Calm (cucumber, celery, lettuce, apple, and basil leaves), Carotene Dream (carrots, kale, and green onion), and the unusual Quiet Thyme (sweet potato, carrots, Jerusalem artichokes, sunflower sprouts, and thyme). There are also some sassy smoothie treats, such as Brownie Shake (using carob), Berry Explosion (using protein powder and fresh ginger root), and Silken Strawberry Whip (papaya, strawberries, avocado, maple syrup, and milk). 

The book includes an introductory section on vitamins, minerals, natural supplements, spices, and herbs, along with ways to include these in the various recipes for extra healing. There is also a section on desserts (Pineapple Cashew Mousse, Mango Pudding) and “pulp possibilities” (using pulps to make muffins, patés, and soups or, as Wai Lana notes, “nothing goes to waste in my kitchen”). In addition, every recipe includes a note as to the healthy benefits you are receiving by enjoying your drink. Bottoms up! 

Wai Lana's Favorite Juices
Reviewer: Austin Fit magazine, April 2004

Wai Lana, already recognized as a popular yoga instructor, has now taken her healthy living knowledge out of the yoga studio and into the kitchen. Her book, Wai Lana’s Favorite Juices, contains tips on the health benefits of fruits and vegetables, displays charts of essential vitamins and minerals, and includes more than 80 recipes for drinks, smoothies, and desserts. 

Lana insists that the addition of fruit and vegetable juices to a diet brings benefits such as improved health, vitality, sleep, increased stamina, stress reduction, decreased cancer risk, elimination of toxins, improved digestion, weight loss, and a more youthful appearance. 

“Fresh fruits and veggies provide essential vitamins and minerals that act as antioxidants. Antioxidants (vitamins A, C, and E) help protect our bodies from cell damage caused by overexposure to sunlight, pollutants in the air and water, toxins and additives in our food supply, nicotine, alcohol, and radiation coming from various objects in our environment,” she says. “Antioxidants rejuvenate your skin, help lower cholesterol, energize your body, and keep your mind alert.” 

Through this book, readers are taught to “appreciate the connection between the food choices we make and the health we experience. Quality nutrition and self-control are both an essential part of a yoga diet and lifestyle. So whether you’re fasting, trying to lose weight, or just getting healthy, a juicing habit can curb your appetite and make a yoga lifestyle easy, energizing, and delicious.” 

An appealing part of the book is the emphasis Lana places on proper nutrition for the family. For example, she introduced a diet of juices to her children while they were still young. 

“Naturally, my family and yours fare best—physically, emotionally, and mentally—when [their] bodies are properly nourished. Proper nourishment also curbs cravings for overly processed, fatty foods that produce low energy, poor health, and, ultimately, disease.” 

On the recipe pages, Lana not only lists the ingredients for each drink or dessert, but also includes the benefits of the juice and the best times of year to purchase the fruits and vegetables. A “boost” option or additive, such as wheat grass or bee pollen, also can give the drink an extra nutritious kick. 

“One of the fastest, easiest ways to replenish vitamins, minerals, and enzymes and undo the damage caused by poor eating habits is to drink the juice of fresh fruits and vegetables. In fact, on an empty stomach, fresh juice can be absorbed into the bloodstream and start renewing your energy within 15 minutes,” says Lana. 

Not only do Wai Lana’s recipes sound delicious, but the colorful photographs of the different drink and dessert options practically pop off the page, making your mouth water. One of my personal favorite juice recipes was the Mango Milk. Blend 1 to 2 cups of milk with 1-1/2 cups of mango and in less than five minutes you’ll have a super smoothie! 

Wai Lana will soon be releasing another book, Natural Kitchen. To find out more about her or her books, visit 

Better Health, A Juicy Idea
Reviewer: Riverine Herald, March 8, 2004 

With increasing attention on nutrition, people are becoming more conscious of bad habits that lead to poor health. 

Maintaining a balanced diet and staying fit are on most people's wish list, but finding the time to prepare a meal that is both healthy and delicious remains a challenge. 

Wai Lana, one of the foremost personalities in the world of yoga, is now making the road to health easy, fun, and delicious with her amazing new juice book, Wai Lana's Favorite Juices. 

The book features 88 beautifully photographed and mouth-watering juice, smoothie, and dessert recipes that are sure to please the entire family—kids included. 

Whether an individual's interest is in tasty recipes, yoga, beauty, losing weight, or just feeling good, Wai Lana makes a healthy lifestyle easy and attractive to everyone. 

Her recipes deliver satisfying and nutritious meals that can help curb the appetite and shed unwanted pounds. 

With her wealth of knowledge, Wai Lana helps readers appreciate the incredible health benefits experienced from nature's most potent and revitalizing supplement—fresh juice. 

Wai Lana's juice book gives people on the go a quick and easy way to have a delicious as well as highly nutritious meal. 

Her luscious recipes deliver a wellspring of health-preserving vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and enzymes that easily prove vital nutrition and great taste are meant to go hand in hand. 

Beautifully done
Reviewer: Vegetarian Baby & Child, April 2004

Wai Lana may be best known for her grace and beauty on her self-titled yoga program shown on the Wisdom Network. Now, she has not only created a yoga program for children, she's also written a beautiful collection of juice recipes suitable for lacto-vegetarians and vegans.

Besides having bright colorful photography throughout, this new book is informative and full of more than 80 creative recipes. Wai Lana offers readers nutritional information, tips on produce selection, storage information, ideas to boost the nutritional potential of the recipes, information on spices and herbs, recipes for fruit juices, vegetable juices, smoothies, and desserts along with recipes for using pulp. It is a complete resource for anyone interested in learning more about juicing or looking for new inspiration.

The vast majority of the recipes are vegan, and those that aren't are easily converted. Of the recipes we've tried, our favorites include Tropical Ambrosia, Berry Mango Bliss with soymilk, Carrot Cake Cooler, Summer Crush, and Fall Harvest.

This book is beautifully done and would look great on any coffee table. I prefer to keep mine in the kitchen. It really has become one of our favorite recipe books in this smoothie-crazy home.

On the road to health

Reviewer: New Times Naturally! Magazine, March/April 2004

One of the foremost personalities in the world of yoga is now making the road to health easy, fun, and delicious with her new juice book. She has a TV series on PBS nationwide.

Smooth, healthy drinking
Reviewer: L.A. Daily News, February 2004 

If you're not eating the recommended five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables daily (and the majority of Americans are not), pull out the blender and whip up some cool, irresistible smoothies or other delicious juice drinks in a jiffy.

You'll find plenty of refreshing, indulgent flavor combinations and creations including Silken Strawberry Whip, Raspberry Cream Pie, Mango Berry Fusion, and more in Wai Lana's Favorite Juices by Wai Lana. 

Wai Lana, a yoga teacher and television personality (seen locally on KOCE, Channel 50, at 8:30 a.m. weekdays), features more than 80 juice, smoothie, and dessert recipes with gorgeous color photos that transport you to an island paradise. 

"Juices and smoothies are often more satisfying and more of a pick-me-up than a sandwich or a bowl of pasta," says Wai Lana, adding that she often has juice or a smoothie for an energizing meal, especially for breakfast. Wai Lana, emphasizes that "the fresher your drink is, the better. Fresh juices and smoothies are loaded with nutrients like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and enzymes. Fresh tastes better, and it's healthier." 

Make your own juice (fruit or vegetable) with a good-quality juicer whenever possible, and dilute fruit juices (with up to half water), especially for children and those in frail health, she advises. "Nothing beats fresh from the garden or off the tree." 

Although most smoothies contain ice, Wai Lana opts to make hers without any. "There are some frozen fruits in some of my recipes, but they're combined with other nonfrozen ingredients so that these drinks aren't overly cold," she points out, noting that she tries to minimize the amount of iced cold drinks in her vegetarian diet. 

Turning bad habits into healthy ones
Reviewer: Fresh Facts Newsletter , week of February 8, 2004

Trying to wean yourself and your family members away from sugary colas and other calorie-laden and carbonated beverages? You’ll be inspired to get your blender and juicer out of the kitchen closet after reading Wai Lana’s Favorite Juices, the recently released juice and smoothie recipe book created by PBS syndicated TV host and yoga teacher Wai Lana.

"For many years I’ve kept nutrition simple by adhering to one standard—the brighter the food, the better," explains the Malibu, CA-based fitness guru. The jewel-like colors of her fruit and vegetable juice and smoothie creations will appeal to kids and grownups alike.

To ease headaches and anxiety, try the Red Raspberry Zinger, a blend of raspberries, pears, basil leaves, and sparkling water. 

Wai Lana’s children often call her the Ginger Queen because of her fondness for this flavor, which helps stimulate metabolism and promote weight loss. For an easy Sweet Ginger cocktail, blend fresh ginger with pineapple and plums.

Need an energizing breakfast for on the run? Citrus Sunshine fills the bill, a tantalizing blend of pink grapefruit, tangerines, and persimmons.

To get your daily dietary fiber without too much bulk, Wai Lana created Blackberry Blend, a mix of fresh blackberries, frozen banana, and water, which can be boosted with protein powder and maple syrup. 

Need a burst of energy mid-morning or late afternoon? Sweet Clover combines clover sprouts, broccoli, arugula, and apples for a green beverage that helps to purify your blood.

During flu season, mix up a batch of Miss Scarlet as a preventive tonic: red bell pepper, tomatoes, cauliflower, beet, and cilantro. 

Find your spirits lagging this winter? Winter Revival blends red potato, carrots, parsley, and horseradish root to get you out of the doldrums. And no matter what the weather, who wouldn’t benefit from a glass of Liquid Sunshine, a creamy juice blending arugula, apples, parsnips, and parsley. 

Delicious and Nutritious

Reviewer: Children of the New Earth Magazine, Winter 2004

Maintaining a balanced diet and providing children with meals that are both healthy and delicious remains a challenge. But now life in the kitchen has become just a little bit easier.

Wai Lana, one of the foremost personalities in the world of yoga, whose television series is seen by millions of viewers on five continents, is now making the road to health easy, fun, and delicious with her wonderful new juice book—Wai Lana's Favorite Juices, which features 88 beautifully photographed and mouth-watering juice, smoothie, and dessert recipes that are sure to please the entire family—kids included.

Wai Lana's juice book gives people on the go a quick and easy way to have a delicious as well as highly nutritious meal. Her luscious recipes deliver a wellspring of health-preserving vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and enzymes that easily prove that vital nutrition and great taste are meant to go hand in hand.

Celebrate Cucumber, Inside and Out

Reviewer: Herbs for Health, August 2004 

Drink it or wear it, either way you can have cucumber’s cool this summer. In her book Wai Lana’s Favorite Juices, yoga practitioner Wai Lana offers a recipe for Cucumber Cooler, an energizing, thirst-quenching. and cooling summer drink. Using a juicer, process 1 apple, 1 cup green grapes, and ½ cucumber. You can juice the other half of the cucumber separately and apply the juice to help cool sunburned skin.

Reviewer: Home Health Products, March 2004

Wai Lana, known for yoga, is now making the road to health easy, fun, and delicious with her new juice book, Wai Lana’s Favorite Juices. The book features 88 photographed juice, smoothie, and dessert recipes. Wai Lana’s juice book gives people on the go a quick and easy way to have a delicious, nutritious meal. Her recipes deliver a wellspring of health-preserving vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and enzymes that prove vital nutrition and great taste are meant to go hand-in-hand.

Brace Yourself for Winter

Reviewer: Conscious Living Magazine [Australia], Spring 2004 

With winter not far away, those inconvenient colds and flus will be threatening our enjoyment of all the season has to offer. What better time than now to prepare yourself with some delicious ammunition against illness…

Yoga guru has 88 twists on juices
Reviewer: Miami Herald Newspaper, January 20, 2004 

Are you struggling to eat your five servings of fruits and veggies daily?

Dust off your blender and let Wai Lana's Favorite Juices add some color to your diet with its 88 mouth-watering juice, smoothie, and dessert recipes.

Who can resist a treat like Carrot Cake Cooler? It tastes like carrot cake, but without all the fat and calories. Or Berry Explosion, rich in antioxidants. And for you health nuts, there's Sprout Sensation, with brussels sprouts, jicama, green bell pepper, apples, and garlic.

Wai Lana, one of the foremost personalities in the world of yoga, shares her recipes to help readers get in touch with nature and appreciate the benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Lovely color photographs accompany the recipes, as well as a summary of the benefits and tips on altering the recipes. For instance, jicama can make the Sprout Sensation grainy. To avoid this, strain it before serving. And the benefits: The sulfur in brussels sprouts and garlic helps prevent cancer and tumor growth. Garlic and apple juices help remove toxic metals, such as lead, from your body. And garlic also fights viruses and harmful bacteria.

I bet your soda can't do all that.

FRUIT JUICECarrot Cake Cooler

2 carrots
2 apples
1 cup pineapple
1-inch piece fresh ginger
1 pinch cinnamon, ground cardamom, and/or pumpkin pie spice

Blend or juice all ingredients.

SMOOTHIEBerry Explosion

1 cup frozen berries of choice
1 ½ frozen bananas
1 cup milk
1 cup water
2 tablespoons cashews or cashew butter
2 tablespoons honey
1 scoop protein powder
½-inch fresh ginger root (optional)

Blend all ingredients until smooth.


4 brussels sprouts
1 cup jicama
1/3 green bell pepper
2 apples
½ clove garlic

Blend or juice all ingredients.

Each recipe yields one serving.