The Original Skinnygirl: Bethenny Frankel
We deem Bethenny Frankel one of the most relatable reality stars out there. She's self-deprecating, occasionally talks too much and, oh yeah, is insanely busy. The Bravo headliner, new mother, author, and businesswoman (remember that multi-million dollar liquor deal?) has launched her latest project: Skinnygirl Daily.
Made up of two parts, it's targeted at making you feel better and increasing your energy, not losing weight. "I don't do weight loss products. I don't believe in false promises," Frankel says. "Nothing is going to make you thin unless you're balanced overall." (Her candor's kind of awesome. She later told us, "I don't believe in the nonsense of $130 creams made by people from NASA.")
The four-a-day pills use B12, flaxseed and grapefruit oils to help burn fat and boost energy; the daily cleanse, a green lemonade powder designed to be mixed with a glass of water, includes ingredients like aloe vera inner heart and dandelion extract, two popular (and natural) digestion aids.
The reality mom decided to tackle the supplement world after tasting her fair share of hard-to-swallow cleanses. "There are so many different things I've tried, and they're very harsh and extreme, and they smell and taste terrible. You're nauseous every time you open the jar, and you're running to the bathroom all the time." We tried the cleanse, and it's definitely do-able and much less intimidating than strict juice mixtures or crazy cayenne and lemon concoctions. With a faint lemonade taste, it's easy to sip, and good at making you drink more water if, like her, you don't like it plain.
Since Skinnygirl Daily is in addition to your daily meals and snacks, not a total replacement, we asked the only logical question: What's a skinny girl to eat?"
"Your diet is your bank account, and you decide where you want to spend. I was exhausted yesterday and had been traveling for three days straight. I was in an airport and for breakfast, at 9 a.m., I had a chicken sausage sandwich from Jody Meroni's Sausage Kingdom. Have I ever had that for breakfast before? No. Will I have it again? Maybe not." Her message, to us, on her website, and throughout her books, is to have something if you really want it. Don't worry if it's bizarre, and don't worry if it's bad for you (if that's the case, simply limit yourself to a few bites.)
Her go-to meals and snacks at home are veggie burgers, soup, and scooped-out bagels with a little bit of cream cheese or butter. On-the go eats? "Anyone can say to bring a handful of nuts with some fruit in it, but that's boring," Frankel tells us. "Sometimes I'll do baked chips or soy chips or Pop Chips. If I'm at home, hummus or peanut butter on whole grain bread."
When it comes to fitness, the new mom says that time management (and Q.T. with daughter Bryn) take precedence. Pre-baby, a routine yoga class ate up almost two hours including commuting time. She switched up her schedule by investing in an elliptical machine in home, fitting in cardio when she can, and doing at-home yoga DVDs rather than actual classes.
"You do what you can, when you can. I'll go to the beach this Friday after four-and-a-half weeks of not exercisingthat hasn't happened to me since I was pregnant. The first day I'm there I'll take a walk on the beach for an hour. Wherever I am, I'll try to pick up where I left off."