We have all heard about Gwen’s $200 smoothie last year, right? We all thought … that’s ridiculous. But every time I see her in photos or on TV and look at her absolutely glowing skin, I think to myself … those $200 smoothies sure are paying off!! I have felt like no matter how clean I eat, i just can’t seem to nail that “inner glow”. I am lucky to have good skin due to a great skincare regime that works for me. I am also lucky to naturally look a little younger for my age. But the “inner glow”, summer goddess, clean & fresh faced look has evaded me. So almost two months ago I decided I would make myself the test subject and try to recreate this smoothie for what the rest of the world could actually spend on a smoothie.
First of all here is GP’s original recipe from Goop:
1 cup almond milk
1 tablespoon almond butter
1 teaspoon coconut oil
2 tablespoons vanilla mushroom protein powder
1 teaspoon maca
1 teaspoon ashwagandha
1 teaspoon ho shou wu
1 teaspoon cordyceps
1 teaspoon moon dust of choice: Action Dust to soothe overworked muscles, Beauty Dust for a glowy complexion and healthy hair, Brain Dust to combat mental fogginess, Goodnight Dust when sleep has been evasive, Sex Dust, for, you know, and Spirit Dust to get that extrasensory perception going.
pinch Himalayan sea salt
pinch vanilla powder (optional)
First, let us address the Elephant in the room. Her smoothie is not $200 bucks. Sure buying all of that in brand new large containers probably is if not more. But it is still a very expensive smoothie clocking in around $12 a serving.
So Let’s take a look at these ingredients.
Almond Milk and Almond butter – Almond Milk is high in Vitamin E, low in calories and great for heart health. Almond Butter is a great source of protein and helps level insulin and curb your appetite.
Coconut Oil – Is a medium chain fatty acid and instantly helps with energy. It also helps with immunity and fights infection.
So far … so good! But this is where we go off the rails a bit ..
Next is a Vanilla Mushroom powder specifically from the makers of GP’s favorite “dusts”. You may remember I posted about Medicinal Mushrooms HERE. I have nothing but great things to say about them but the one GP uses is a bit outside of my price range. I can’t argue the cancer fighting and immune boosting properties, though.
Maca – This is known for Hormonal balance. It is a VERY acquired taste. I highly suggest using a very tiny amount to build tolerance for the taste. Or skip it if you feel this is not an add-in you need.
Ashwagandha – This is one of the most powerful herbs in Ayurvedic healing, has been used since ancient times for a wide variety of conditions, and is most well-known for its restorative benefits. Its known to combat stress and improve memory.
Ho Shou Wu – This herb is known to help with joint pain, increase sex drive, maintain youthful hair and help the kidneys. Its actually a good source of iron and contains zinc.
Cordyceps – Again we are talking about a fantastic Medicinal mushroom that is known to fight free radicals and has impressive disease-fighting capabilities.
Last up, we come to the special “Dusts”. These dusts were created by a woman in Venice, CA and combine health and wellness info with Chinese herbs. Each dust is supposed to support something specific. For this particular exercise, I stuck to the Beauty Dust since I was aiming for that amazing glow in my skin. Beauty Dust contains Organic Goji, Rehmannia, Organic Schisandra, Pearl, Organic Stevia
As you can see, a portion of this is all stuff you likely already have in your house or could get access to. Being that I am always tweaking my wellness regime, I had more of these on hand than probably the average person (like Maca).
First thing I did was order the Beauty Dust. I figured I actually had to buy it and try it to be able to compare. I can honestly say this stuff works. It took about one week and I could see better-looking skin. My biggest complaint aside from the insane price for a pretty tiny jar, is stevia. I am someone that absolutely hates the taste of stevia! This was heavy in the stevia flavor which I am sure is there to help make it taste better. It didn’t blend super well for me and the taste was not amazing but not terrible either. I found adding a banana to the smoothie made everything taste better and have a better consistency. Maybe hides the stevia a bit more too LOL
Here is a link to get 20% off a Moon Juice order if you plan on going crazy and actually buying a ton of stuff to try yourself. I found it on their website when I was researching the actual ingredients and figured I would pass it on. Personally I bought it off Amazon for a few reasons. It’s a little more on Amazon but it’s still cheaper by the time Moon Juice adds the shipping cost. 2. Amazon has a great return policy and if I absolutely hated it, I knew I could return it.
But if you are on a budget or just think that’s a insane amount to spend on a smoothie (Like I Do!) here is my recipe …
After a LOT and I cannot STRESS enough a LOT of trial and error (some were bad …. really, really bad!), here is the cheapest knock off recipe I came up with. I wanted to match the benefits of the original recipe, keep the effects and have it taste as good if not better than the original:
1 cup almond milk: $0.55
1 tablespoon almond butter: $0.43
1 teaspoon coconut oil: $0.07
1 banana $0.19
1 tablespoon of organic turmeric – $0.29
2 scoops organic vanilla protein powder $1.32
½ teaspoon He Shou Wu – Fo-ti Extract – Potent 30:1 – 84 Servings – Powerful Anti Aging – Longevity TonicHe Shou Wu Powder Extract $0.66
1 tsp super fruit mix $0.30
pinch Himalayan sea salt – Fraction of a cent
Total Price -$3.80 or less (depending on where you get your ingredients and if organic is important to you or not)
Some of these ingredients can be found cheaper but I opted for organic and easy to open and seal pouches.
I kept the basics of the recipe. I added a banana for sweetness and flavor. Plus potassium never hurt anyone. I swapped ashwagandha for turmeric. It has a ton of benefits (click here to see our post on the benefits of turmeric) and helps boost your immunity. I kept in the Vanilla Protein powder. You can also buy the brand I linked to at Costco but its a bit cheaper on Amazon (or health food sites too) especially if you do Subscribe and Save. Next, I am a firm believer in medicinal mushrooms and that is a huge part of the original recipe. So I kept in the Ho Shou Wu and went for the more potent version. Last, I added in the Super Fruit Mix as the primary ingredient in the Beauty Dust is Goji. The superfruit mix has Goji and Acai which help with collagen as well.
Since I have been drinking these for a few weeks I actually found an easier solution for me personally since I am ALWAYS running short on time in the AM. This version also has more of the things I left out of the original recipe but would have liked to have added like Maca and actual Ashwaghanda. Its a little more money per serving but also the quick/lazy version with a few extra additions not in the budget recipe. I use this Organic Coccoa Complex mix instead of all the add-ins listed above. It has the mushrooms, maca, and Ashwaghanda in it already. Since it has Cocoa powder in it and the almond Milk and butter mixed with banana, it actually tastes like a dessert!
Personally, I love it! The same company also offers an Organic Berry Superfood complex that I ended up adding in too as that has the Acai and Goji Berry in it. It also has the added bonus of chia seeds. This is where we get all that powerful Vitamin C and collagen boosting goodness. *NOTE: This does have stevia leaf in it. But it must be a much smaller amount as it is not nearly as noticeable!*
They are actually both currently on sale for ½ off and they give you their Super Greens for free. The super greens is also a solid smoothie base/addition but NOT for this recipe. The taste would not be very good at all. I think I saw the sale runs until the end of March. I should note that even at full price this is still a solid value. The bag is 20 servings. Which is $1.60 at full price (or .80 cents a serving with the sale price).
Here is my totally lazy version of the smoothie recipe above:
1 cup almond milk $0.55
1 tablespoon almond butter $0.43
1 teaspoon coconut oil $.07
1 banana $.19
2 scoops vanilla protein powder $1.32
1 scoop Organic Berry Superfood complex $.87
1 scoop Organic Cocoa Complex $.80
Which brings it to $4.23 or less.
I really wish I had taken before and after pictures of my skin for this. I already have pretty good skin due to my eating and skincare routine but the one thing I was missing is that “inner glow”. I can honestly say this has really helped me get that! I have gone totally off of BB creams and just use my daily moisturizer. I had increased energy for sure!! I also feel less stressed. I seem to be eating smaller lunches too and not experiencing that mid-afternoon slump. All in All, I feel like this was very successful. I ended up with a very comparable product that works just as good for 60% less than the original price!
Do you have a go-to smoothie recipe? Have you tried mine? Let me know!