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Gwyneth Paltrow's Breakfast Juice Recipes


Celebrity diets can be downright horrifying—rarely backed by scientific data and uncomfortably limiting to say the least. Refreshingly, however, Gwyneth Paltrow’s collection of smoothies is anything but questionable. On the contrary, they’re nourishing, substantial, and tasty. No, you’re not going to morph into the actress after one kale green drink, but you’ll be one step closer to healthy, glowing skin and a slim waistline—celebrity attributes that never seem to go out of style.

The following recipes require either a juicer or blender and make one hearty serving. Consider replacing one meal per week with a green drink smoothie or juice and make a mental note of how you feel afterward. Once it becomes a habit, you can start incorporating them into your daily diet. Many find that substituting their normal carb-heavy breakfast with a smoothie leaves them energized and ready to take on the day. It’s all about finding what works (and tastes best) for you.

The Best Green Juice

  • 5 large leaves of kale, ribs discarded, leaves roughly chopped
  • 1 lemon, zest and pith removed
  • 1 large apple, roughly chopped
  • A 2.5cm piece of fresh ginger
  • 1 sprig of fresh mint

Cucumber, Basil and Lime Juice

  • 1 handful of basil leaves
  • 1 cucumber, halved lengthwise
  • ½ lime, zest and pith removed
  • 1 apple, cut into wedges

Note: These recipes can either be blended into a green drink or juiced. If using the former method, be sure to chop the ingredients and blend with about four ounces of water and a handful of ice. To avoid any chunks, use a strainer to pour the mixture into a glass. If you decide to juice, start with the leafy ingredients first and push them through by using the denser ingredients after. Stir and serve immediately.

Almond and Kale Smoothie

  • 75g chopped kale (discard the thick rib down the middle of the leaf)
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 tbsp soaked raw almonds
  • 1 date, pitted
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil

Red smoothie

  • 1 tbsp goji berries, soaked in water overnight and drained
  • 30-40g fresh raspberries
  • 3 large strawberries, stems discarded
  • 1 tbsp Manuka honey
  • 3 tbsp goat’s milk yogurt
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk

Note: Both the Red and Almond/Kale smoothies are prepared by blending until smooth and serving immediately. The main allures of the green drink are minimal hassle and virtually no mess like you’d experience with a juicer. Just a quick rinse of your blender and you’re good to go.

Green drinks provide a number of nutritional benefits such as increased energy and concentration, better digestion and regularity, and improved skin. Additionally, dark leafy greens are packed with antioxidants that fight cancer and heart disease. If you lack an ingredient or two from Paltrow’s recipes, don’t be afraid to experiment by creating your own green drink. Start with a leafy green such as spinach as the base and build from there. Bananas and berries add natural sugar for an easy transition into the world of drinkable veggies.

Paltrow’s 2013 release entitled, It’s All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great was met with positive feedback overall and for good reason. The cookbook not only allows you to choose your favorite go-to green drink (coffee substitute, anyone?), it’s also full of healthy meals such as salmon burgers and huevos rancheros. As the book title suggests, looking good is a nice benefit to healthy eating, but feeling great is another thing entirely. Bottoms up!

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