Natural Women: Kat and Beth

2 Broke Girls‘ Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs get healthy and go green

Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs, 2 Broke Girls
Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs, 2 Broke Girls

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Everybody’s favorite TV odd couple, Max Black and Caroline Channing, don’t lead the healthiest lifestyle on the hit Monday sitcom 2 Broke Girls. Between the calorie-dense fare at the greasy spoon where they work and the treats they whip up for their burgeoning cupcake business, it’s a small miracle that they haven’t packed on the pounds. That’s because the actresses who play the mismatched pals do take their health seriously; each finds small ways to eat and live better—and that makes for a happy lifestyle.

KAT DENNINGS (Max)

Are the cupcakes on set a temptation?
Not anymore. I start stealing frosting only when my energy’s low.

How do you stay healthy?
I just started doing an organic food delivery called Paleta. With the hours and mental energy we expend, I have to eat nutritious foods. There was a point when I was eating peanut M&Ms every six hours for energy, plus coffee and cola, and I was getting sick all the time! I feel so much better now. It’s like night and day.

How do you reduce your carbon footprint?
I recycle. I try not to drive if I don’t have to, and I ride a bike. I can’t walk to work… I wish I could!

BETH BEHRS (Caroline)

What simple pleasures or rituals help perk up your mind, body and soul?
I am a big fan of power yoga; I love yoga that is really intense and gets you sweating.

What’s your healthy snack of choice?
Almonds are my favorite. I am not a good cook, so I really need to start learning how to cook healthily. Otherwise I go out to eat too much!

How do you reduce your carbon footprint?
I am really into recycling. My roommate and I are very, very responsible. Also, I want to start composting! I have been doing a lot of reading on the topic. I don’t have an outdoor area right now in which to compost, but in the future, I would love to start.

2 FIT GIRLS

Whether you share Max’s sassy, cynical worldview or Caroline’s can-do spirit, there’s a workout that suits your personality. So, if you’re looking to stay fit over the holidays, order up one of these exercise routines—and hold the fries!

Work Out Like MAX

Cardio Kickboxing: Since you’re not one to keep your feelings under wraps, this class allows you to vent while sweating up a storm.

Krav Maga: Native New Yorkers know how to defend themselves. This self-defense system used by the Israeli defense forces is ideal for use on the street.

Work Out Like CAROLINE

Social Dancing: Group dance classes are a great way to socialize, make friends and potentially meet a guy who doesn’t take after your dad. Two to learn: jitterbug and jive.

Urban Rebounding: Because you know that what comes down always goes up, these fun and challenging mini-trampoline classes feed your optimistic, resourceful nature.

 

Michele Shapiro, additional reporting by Susan Hornik

Originally published in Watch! magazine, December 2012

 

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