The Secret Smoothie Recipe That Keeps Adriana Lima in Crop Top Shape – Vogue.com
Crop top season is in full swing, and as the balmy weather calls for a little ab-baring, our minds are actively seeking the best ways to feel happy and confident—not awkwardly exposed. So we turned to Adriana Lima, the supermodel and Victoria’s Secret Angel, who often uncovers her famous midsection in all its well-defined glory. Here, Lima shares four insider tips to getting crop top–ready, plus her favorite energy-boosting smoothie recipe.
Put in the Work
“Unfortunately, there is no magic pill—I actually have to put in hard work to stay fit,” Lima says. Half-hour runs and bike rides around her neighborhood, mixed with CrossFit classes (“I just started recently!”) and frequent boxing at Michael Olajide, Jr.’s Aerospace gym, do the trick for her, but she suggests finding any activity that you enjoy and a friend to do it with. “Just get up and move!” she adds.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
The virtues of hydration for Lima are two-fold. First, the complexion: “Fill your belly with water to have great skin!” As a bonus, it helps cut down on the unhealthy snacking that so often occurs due to thirst. “I spend a lot of time in my car—going to the gym, running errands, and shuttling my kids around—where it’s easy to go through a drive-through or pick up chips and candy from the gas station,” she says. “I keep a small cooler filled with water and some sliced fresh fruit in my car to grab, instead.”
Treat the Skin You’re Showing
A slick of moisturizing body cream or oil along the core and obliques is an easy complement to any crop top. “Drinking water will help you glow, but when I wear clothes that show off some skin, I like to use lotion or body oil with shimmer to keep it silky and smooth,” she says of classic sun-kissed formulas like Tom Ford’s shimmering Soleil Blanc.
Kick-Start Your Morning Metabolism
An early morning smoothie, made with fresh organic produce, is a good way to boost energy and kick-start your metabolism as a pre–crop top ritual. “My favorite morning smoothie is a very simple water-based avocado and honey blend,” Lima says. “On days when I want something heavier, I do a yogurt and milk base—to start the morning off right.” Here, she shares her go-to recipe, below:
1 cup water
Honey to taste
Measurements are not exact—blend to taste, adding more or less of each ingredient, as desired.
Add about 1 cup of cold water to the blender. Halve and pit a fresh avocado, then scoop the meat into the blender. Pulse until the mixture combines and grows creamy, then add a small amount of organic honey to taste. For a richer base, substitute 1 cup of milk and a 1/2 cup of plain yogurt for water, blend, and enjoy.