There’s a time and place for posting #breakfastgoals photos on Instagram of stacked buckwheat pancakes and gluten-free toast topped with the perfect avocado rose—and that time is the weekend. During the week, breakfast is without a doubt is a lot less fussy, which is why smoothies have become the a.m. meal of choice to fuel you through your most important days.
In need of something to shake up your smoothie game? Nutritionist Ariane Hundt, MS—who’s also a personal trainer and the creator of tough-as-nails Brooklyn Bridge Boot Camp—has the perfect combo that satisfies your sweet tooth, combats stress, and packs a mean protein punch. Sounds pretty magical, right? Here’s what’s inside: almond milk, 1/2 avocado, dark cacao powder, ashwagandha, turmeric, and a scoop of Vega One Nutritional Shake.
“This is what I recommend to my clients who have stress-induced sugar cravings,” she says, adding that stress, lack of sleep, and hormone fluctuations (hello PMS) are the three big reasons why women crave sweets in the first place.
“The avocado is creamy, which combined with the dark cacao signals to your brain that you’re having something comforting,” she says. “Dark cacao has been found to give your brain a dose of instant happiness because it boosts serotonin and dopamine.” An added bonus: having something a little sweet in the morning will keep cravings at bay throughout the day.
And of course the protein powder is essential for providing enough energy to fuel your day. What makes Vega One Nutritional Shake so great is that it’s super low in sugar (less than 1 gram) and packed with vitamins A, C, E, and K, as well as calcium, and iron—to name just a few. And all that’s in addition to the 20 grams of protein per serving.
Okay, so what’s the deal with the ashwagandha? Hundt says it’s her favorite adaptogen because of its calming effect. And in case you haven’t already heard of the amazing benefits of turmeric, it’s an anti-inflammatory, which Hundt says is also a natural antibiotic and boosts brain health.
The Ultimate Protein-Packed Breakfast Smoothie
2 cups almond milk
1 tsp dark cacao powder
1 scoop Vega One Nutritional Shake
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp ashwagandha
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