I was reading In Style magazine this week, February 2015 issue with Jennifer Aniston on the cover. She seems lovely.
In the story on her, there was one of those tiny little sidebar corners of the page that was titled The Diet and had a brief description of the protein shake it said Jen drinks every morning.
It reads that the ingredients include: sugar-free chocolate almond milk, frozen cherries, half a banana, blueberries, raw walnuts and chocolate Stevia drops.
Alright. I got excited. I didn’t know what amounts these ingredients were in, but I’ve made a lot of smoothies and was willing to guesstimate, I was eager to try it.
Whelp, I got it mostly wrong, but mine was super healthy and delicious. It gave me a natural high and filled me up for hours on about 275 calories!
It turns out that if I had just Googled it, her actual shake ingredients are on their website, but they include almonds, not walnuts, and they are sprouted almonds.
Oh for God’s sakes, now raw almonds aren’t good enough? Why sprouted? I bet they cost more. Sheesh.
Sometimes these health guru things can just get exhausting, amirite?
Jen’s shake includes some chocolate vegan protein powder and something called maca powder from Peru (?) and some trace mineral drops from a lake or something, all which sound expensive.
From what I can tell, the trace mineral drops are mostly magnesium, which you can easily get from food, but I may end up trying it. I’m a sucker like that.
Truth be told, I may be a tich skeptical about health supplements. I’ve spent a bloody fortune on things that did nothing and some hurt me.
Once I went to a masseuse here in L.A. who sold me some fancy dirt pills.
I am so not kidding. I made my husband take them, too, I totally got him on board. The pamphlets on this stuff were life changing.
These were going to save our lives!
We both got mysterious burning gut infections that took a while to get rid of. Then we figured out it was um, surprise, the dirt pills.
I mainly believe in eating real food, whole food, and it doesn’t all have to be everything organic.
If you don’t eat the peel, doesn’t need to be organic, boom.
I had pasta this week twice, the real kind man, and a piece of pizza yesterday. And I’ve lost weight this week.
Balance is what I’m striving for. Life goal.
I am so not no carb and all vegan, but I did make my version of Jen’s shake yesterday and I’m pretty sure it helped saved my life.
1.) One cup unsweetened chocolate almond milk, I bought Blue Diamond brand at Whole Foods.
2.) One half of a small to medium banana, preferably frozen.
3.) One half cup frozen sweet pitted cherries.
4.) One half cup frozen blueberries, I like the little wild organic frozen ones at Trader Joe’s.
5.) Four raw walnut halves.
6.) About a tablespoon of dark chocolate chips sweetened with Stevia.
I used maybe 30 mini chips, I just eyeballed it- 60 chips is only 55 calories.
I got this really wrong, because Jen’s shake has liquid drops and I used chips, ha ha.
The brand of Stevia chips I buy is at Whole Foods and it’s called Lily’s.
7.) A teaspoon of vanilla extract.
8.) One to two packets of Truvia sweetener. (Optional, I like it sweet.)
Directions: Just put all the ingredients in a blender, liquid first then solids, and blend, baby blend!
Calories: About 275.
Hope you enjoy and cheers to our health.