I Tried Jennifer Garner’s Signature Smoothie, and I Get Why She Drinks It “Every Day”

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Jennifer Garner Smoothie
Credit: Kiersten Hickman

Another day, another celebrity smoothie recipe. It seems like every celebrity is online sharing some kind of smoothie or juice that they swear by, and Jennifer Garner has one that is critical for her morning routine. In one of her Instagram videos, Jennifer shares her signature smoothie recipe with chocolate protein powder, spinach, and blueberries. So of course, I had to blend it up and give it a try myself. Is her smoothie about to become one of my signature breakfast staples? Let’s find out.

How to Make Jennifer Garner’s Signature Smoothie

Here’s the gist: In a blender, add chocolate protein or collagen powder, ground flaxseed, chia seeds, almond butter, unsweetened plain almond milk, fresh spinach, ice, and fresh blueberries. Blend on high until smooth.

Credit: Kiersten Hickman

My Honest Review

For anyone who loves a chocolaty smoothie in the morning, this is absolutely your kind of breakfast vibe. This smoothie is like sipping on a chocolate milkshake, which, honestly, I can get behind.

I’ve always felt that smoothie combinations are a personal preference. In the same way you have all the toppings you love to add to a bowl of yogurt or oatmeal, what you put in your smoothie is all based on your tastes. And while there were a lot of high-quality, tasty ingredients in Garner’s smoothie, there are a few tweaks I would have liked to make if I were making this for myself each morning.

First, I would have used peanut butter instead of almond butter. Again, this is a personal taste; I’m not the biggest fan of almond butter and prefer the fattiness and saltiness that comes from a creamy peanut butter.

Second, I wanted more blueberries, and probably would have used frozen blueberries instead. It adds a different kind of texture and sweetness to the smoothie that I know I like. I’m a big fruit smoothie kind of person, and felt the chocolate collagen in this recipe was overpowering the tangy blueberries.

Lastly, and to circle back to my first point, the most overpowering taste in this smoothie was the chocolate. As I mentioned, I prefer a fruity smoothie, so next time I’ll likely use one fewer scoop of chocolate protein powder and sub with more blueberries. I’m already getting a good amount of protein from that first scoop and the almond butter (or, in my case, the peanut butter), so I don’t feel the need to add a second scoop.

3 Tips for Making Jennifer Garner’s Smoothie

  1. Play with different flavors: While Garner prefers a chocolate protein powder, feel free to get creative! I think a vanilla protein powder would also taste great with this combination of flavors, or even a greens powder would pair nicely with the spinach and blueberries in this recipe.
  2. Make it thick: If you want an even thicker smoothie (or maybe even a smoothie bowl you can eat with a spoon), add even more frozen elements to this recipe. Try freezing some of the almond milk into cubes, or use frozen blueberries instead of fresh.
  3. Make it creamier: While it may seem like adding more milk would make this smoothie creamier, there are other ingredients you can add that will give it that texture you desire, like a half an avocado or a banana. Believe it or not, frozen riced cauliflower also works well for making a smoothie creamy!

This article originally published on The Kitchn. See it there: I Tried Jennifer Garner’s Signature Smoothie, and I Get Why She Drinks It “Every Day”