Techies in Silicon Valley have been buzzing about Soylent, the meal replacement beverage that purportedly includes all the vitamins and nutrients your body needs in a day, at just 400 calories per bottle. But those who have actually ventured to try it can attest that its flavor leaves room for improvement: Creamy and bland, it resembles pancake batter, but with a thinner consistency. If you're thinking of giving it a go (or are just tired of choking it down), we'd recommend trying this recipe devised by L.A.-based chef and food blogger Julie Tanous instead, which hides the taste and fills you up just the same. "I used a lot of herbs and seasonal produce to bring out flavors and give the essence of familiar meals while keeping the caloric count consistent," she tells InStyle. Read on for the full breakdown.
Kale, Celery, and Apple Smoothie
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 1/2 cups chopped kale, tightly packed
1 stalk celery, roughly chopped
1/2 Gala apple, skin on and roughly chopped
1 bottle Soylent 2.0 ($29 for 12 bottles; soylent.com)
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp Agave nectar (optional)
3-5 ice cubes
Add all ingredients to blender and blend until ice is crushed and mixture is smooth. Add more ice or almond milk to reach desired consistency.