There's no denying that Adriana Lima, 35-year-old Brazilian actress and Victoria’s Secret model, is in ridiculously good shape. (She gets paid to pose in next to nothing, after all!) But her morning smoothie recipe has got the editors at Eat This, Not That! a bit puzzled. According to recent news, her go-to beverage is made with a cup of water, half an avocado, and a bit of honey. If she feels like beefing it up a bit, she’ll replace the water with a cup of almond milk or a half-cup of yogurt. (Doesn’t sound like the yummiest of sips—amiright?!) Not only is this drink sparse in substance, it also lacks water-based fruits and vegetables. Yes, avocados are technically berries, but when they’re part of smoothie recipes, it’s typically for one reason, and one reason only: to aid the absorption of the fat-soluble vitamins found in the produce—and that’s the issue. Thanks to its short ingredient list, Adriana’s recipe doesn’t contain many vitamins to be absorbed. Drinking a smoothie bright n’ early is the perfect opportunity to receive a burst of healthful compounds like lycopene, beta-carotene, and good ol’ vitamin C, so it’s definitely a missed opportunity.
The bottom line: Adriana Lima has got the right idea, she's just missing a few key ingredients! Snag the model’s base recipe and then add in your own favorite fruits and veggies to start your day with a cocktail of nutrients. A combination of kale, mango, and strawberries, for example, would pair nicely with the avocado and make for a flavor-packed tropical smoothie. For even more produce-based flavor combos, check out these delicious weight loss smoothies!