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Smoothie, extracts, Joylent: drinking is the new eating
Smoothie, extracts, Joylent: drinking is the new eating

"What are you drinking tonight?". No, this is not the question that is exchanged between aficionados of the horrible aperitif. Nor the one that runs in the circles of diehard alcoholics. Because drinking is the new eating.

The 3.0 diet is no longer made up of solid but liquid foods: smoothies, extracts, soft drinks. Colored stuff in tall glasses to be swallowed in the morning, to “fill up on” this and that and forget about it.

Considered (or passed off) as healthy, these drinks are popular with fans of liquid diet, of the so-called natural diet, in the veg and nerd world.

If it is true that, to fight the enemy, it is necessary to know him intimately, by continuing to read this place you will discover all the secrets of the liquid diet. And then keep it at a safe distance, or maybe not.

1. Smoothie, which they do so well

Aka smoothies. That's what their mother called them when she threw in them the blackened banana, the mushy peach, the pale strawberries, along with a generous portion of milk: voila, the snack was ready, energetic and vitaminic.

Today, when we are all a bit xenophilic, this porridge halfway between liquid and solid is called, in fact, smoothie, a word that should suggest something silky and inviting, to be sipped with pleasure.

In fact, especially in summer, it is a pleasant solution for a breakfast, snack or snack. From here to making him the protagonist of the midday lunch it passes but so be it.

If you want to give in to temptation (which is then a recovery of tradition) do not act as a mother and choose fresh and rightly ripe fruit: it will be sweet and tasty and you can also not add sugar or the more practical honey, which melts better.

A few drops of lemon juice keeps the color lively but clashes with milk. Which, however, can be replaced with almond milk (very good), yoghurt or nothing: fruit-only smoothies, chosen from the richest qualities of water (better watermelon and berries than banana and avocado) have on their side to be very refreshing and still give a sense of satiety.

Because whole fruit, if possible / appreciated left with the peel, is rich in fibers that fill and, in addition, give a hand to the intestine, which does not hurt.

Don't forget the savory version, starting with the classic tomato gazpacho, to be enriched and varied with peppers, courgettes, cucumbers, lettuce, spring onions, maybe ginger, turmeric or other spices, a pinch of salt and a drizzle of oil.

2. Extracts, beyond the centrifuge

Depopulate. There is no other way to say it. Modern (and very expensive) extractors they have replaced, somewhat hastily, the old centrifuges. The drinks made with these devices are said to be very rich in vitamins and salts that the violent mechanical action of centrifuges in theory damages.

Personally, I have the impression that it is little more than a marketing trap to sell small appliances at exorbitant costs. And although the fruit and vegetable juices made from them are good and colorful, they lack the aforementioned fibers and therefore, in my opinion, something that is only good for us.

It is true that the extractors separate and recover the squeezed pulp, which is then used in other preparations (from soups to carrot waste biscuits, for example) but the question is: why discard and then re-enter the diet?

If you want to save on the purchase of equipment, but spend money on beautiful and ready-made juices, they can now be easily found both in veg restaurants and, to say, at Eataly, bottled fresh, then treated at low temperature and high pressure. to have a shelf life of about one month.

The result of what could be simply excellent drinks is to make them the exclusive food for entire detox days.

I tried it, with a kit purchased from Mantra, a Milanese raw restaurant. From the alarm clock (with orange and ginger) to the goodnight (with an almond extract) throughout the day I drank 3 liters of juice. Only those. Nothing chewable, not a piece of bread, a cookie, not even a fresh fruit.

The nice surprise was that I wasn't hungry in the evening. The bad thing is that my belly has - so to speak - rebelled against all these liquids.

Perhaps, had I resisted (there are those who take mini 3-day treatments) the situation would have normalized. Instead, the experiment ended there.

What I learned: The juices are not bad, really, the taste is good and the smell even better. But they must be included (at least for me) in a normal solid diet.

3. Joylent: drinking like a nerd


It is the European version of the Soylent, a product made in the USA which for reasons unknown to me (but, I guess, related to the formulation) in the original version cannot be marketed on this side of the ocean.

It is a powder mix, to be dissolved in water, which contains exactly everything needed for an ordinary mortal being: from carbohydrates to Omega 3 and 6, from vitamin A to K, from calcium to zinc passing through molybdenum and sulfur (that you always feel a great need, eh!), dosed according to a dietary requirement of 2,000 calories per day. In 5 flavors: chocolate, vanilla, banana, strawberry, mango.


I have not tried this but my boyfriend, nerd enough to be influenced by an article in the Post (the editorial team has adopted Joylent for his lunch breaks and, not infrequently, dinner) and to love the idea of buying its online food from a Dutch manufacturer.

Although, after the enthusiasm of the first few days (think! I don't have to do the shopping! Turn on the stove! Dirty the pots! Let the dishwasher go!) at 4 in the afternoon, at 5 he had already eaten 2 ounces of Tuscan cheese, half a Felino salami, 4 slices of rye bread with butter and anchovies, swallowing it all with a beer. Then I ask myself: what do you cook for dinner?

In short, the re-edition of the Eighties mashers, those that combined with Jane Fonda's aerobics promised weight loss and energy, seems suitable only for those who are not interested enough in food.


From his he is cheap: 2 euros per meal. Enough to decree, as The Newyorker suggested in 2014, the end of food?

The arduous sentence is up to you (I'm going to put on two strings).

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