Jennifer Aniston has long been one of the hottest actresses in Hollywood. In the '90s, we were all taking pictures of "The Rachel" to our hairdresser and now we're all asking our trainers how we can get her lean physique. Aniston, 45, says she exercises four to five days a week, doing circuits, spin and yoga, but it's her low-carb, gluten-free diet that plays the biggest role in keeping her trim. And if low-carb, gluten-free has you reaching for the nearest Kit Kat, just wait until you see what she has for breakfast.
Aniston has given us the recipe for her signature breakfast smoothie (“Don’t forget the trace mineral drops!”) and we swear it’s actually delicious. “Everyone says I should market it!” she raves. Not a bad idea. Though the rich, chocolatey drink tastes suspiciously like a milkshake, it’s teaming with vitamins, antioxidants and fibre. Take a look (and before you freak out about the wacky ingredients, check out the cheat sheet below)...
1 cup chocolate almond milk
1/4 tbsp trace mineral drops
2-3 drops chocolate stevia
Handful of ice
1 cup frozen cherries
1 scoop vegan protein powder, chocolate flavour
1/2 tbsp maca powder
1/2 frozen banana
Handful of blueberries
5 sprouted almonds
Place liquids in blender, followed by solids. Blend and enjoy.
Trace mineral drops: These support biological functions, such as digestion and hormone regulation. The most common trace minerals are iron, which is needed to carry oxygen in red blood cells; zinc, which has numerous benefits including boosting immune function; and selenium, a powerful antioxidant that stops the development of free radicals.
Chocolate stevia: Stevia has no calories and is 200 times sweeter than sugar. Naturally derived from a plant, it's a great alternative.
Maca powder: Maca is a root that belongs to the radish family. It's rich in vitamins B, C and E and provides plenty of calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, phosphorous and amino acids. It helps balance female hormones, relieve pesky menstrual issues (amen!), clear skin and alleviate anxiety and stress.
Sprouted almonds: These aren't as weird as they sound—they're just regular almonds that have been soaked in water. "Sprouting" makes it easier for your body to absorb the many nutrients. To make, simply put some almonds in a bowl, cover with water and leave overnight.
Want to mix up your smoothie repertoire? Gwyneth Paltrow been touting the benefits of blending your vegies on her blog, Goop, for ages. The actress-turned-health-guru has heaps of recipes on her site, including an anti-inflammatory strawberry and gingersnap smoothie and a hydrating, alkalising and energising hula hydrator smoothie.
This is an edited extract from US InStyle.