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Gwyneth Paltrow levels with us on what she really eats

Dara T. Mathis is a writing wife and mama newly based in the DC area. Her first language is Southern food. She tweets for the love of biscuits @dtafakari.

About that $200 smoothie...

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow just released her healthy-chic third cookbook, It’s All Easy, via her website goop. Of course, none of it looks easy it at all. GP held a Q-and-A for readers about the book to shed some light on the project. Here’s what we learned about Paltrow’s idea of “easy.” 

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1. Gwyneth Paltrow is a pizza-, martini- and french fry-eating human like the rest of us... sort of.

But only during pregnancy and full moons. Although she occasionally slums it with greasy foods, she would still rather smoke crack than eat cheese out of a can. The dairy-free lifestyle maven instead suggests her cashew cheese and cream recipe for a cheese substitute. Um, pass?

2. Her idea of an “easy” recipe for entertaining is fish en papillote (halibut in parchment).

She warns us it’s easy and elegant, though it “may seem complicated.” (You think?) GP also features her favorite recipe for zucchini cacio e pepe with spiralized zucchini. Because, sure, who hasn’t decided on a tired Friday to make noodles out of zucchini?

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3. GP doesn’t believe in food guilt. But she also doesn’t eat breakfast until after exercising.

Also part of her guiltless regimen? A “nutrient-dense smoothie that costs nowhere near $200.” And after she eats her not-$200 ($100?) smoothie, she has a salad for lunch. Guilt? What guilt? Have you seen her abs?!

4. If anyone gives you hell about your healthy diet, Paltrow has the perfect stance: "A mentor once told me powerful people do not need to explain themselves," she advises. You hear that? Powerful people don’t have to answer questions!

We love GP’s Zen approach to eating overall (no guilt, eat junk food, break out that parchment paper and party). She’s totally sweet and genuine about eating healthy, even if it seems a bit inaccessible at times. She also gives great tips about searing scallops and taking creative lunches to work.

If nothing else, It’s All Easy looks like a gorgeous, stylish book for people who know exactly where the cashew cheese is located in the grocery store. The rest of us might have to settle for that cheese in the can. Or crack.

Before you go, check out 37 green smoothies and juice blends you'll actually want to drink.

About that $200 smoothie...
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