Picture this: your alarm goes off at 6 a.m. You begrudgingly roll out of bed, get ready for the day, and open your laptop to start work within minutes of waking up. You always intend to have a full morning routine to meditate, work out, and make a superfood smoothie. But then real life happens, and your morning looks more like working until lunchtime without realizing you haven’t had breakfast or snacking on dry cereal because you didn’t feel like taking out and cleaning the blender to make a smoothie (it’s a real struggle). Sound familiar? Welcome to the story I like to call my life. Morning routines have always been tough, especially when it comes to fitting in a nutrient-rich breakfast (I need something that takes under 30 seconds, or else it’s just not happening).
It’s difficult enough to get in a healthy breakfast, so forget about a breakfast based on my nutritional needs. As a lifelong vegetarian, healthy fats are pretty easy to get in my diet (I eat avocado on everything), complex carbs are a no-brainer (I could write a love letter to chickpea pasta and cauliflower crust pizza), and veggies are the base of every meal. Getting enough protein, on the other hand, has always been a challenge. Powders are an easy way to sneak in some protein, so I’ve tried just about every powder on the market; most were chalky, tasted bad, or were full of processed ingredients. Plus, don’t even get me started again on the hassle of pulling out the blender (you know what I’m talking about!). So my greatest health hack for 2021 is not only about getting in more protein, but simplifying my entire wellness routine to incorporate all of the nutrients I need into a delicious and easy product.
My secret? Vega’s Hello Wellness™ line of functional wellness smoothies that contain ingredients tailored to support your entire wellbeing. I love that each product serves a different purpose—from brain support, to gut health, to energy—so you can tailor your selection to specific goals or get all three for a more holistic approach. While they each have different flavors and benefits, each product has 15g of plant-based protein (my vegetarian-self is freaking out). They’re also vegan certified, gluten-free, non-GMO, and contain no added sugar, artificial flavors, or preservatives. Health nuts, rejoice!
Oh, and the best part? Stir it in with almond milk or even just water for a delicious, creamy smoothie ready to go; bulky blenders need not apply. Hot tip: my go-to way to drink them is shaken in a blender bottle. Actually, I lied—the best part is the flavors like Vanilla Cappuccino, Choco Cinnamon Banana, and Raspberry Blackberry (I’m not going to spend even 30 seconds if it doesn’t taste delicious).
My biggest problem with protein powders and supplements in the past is that they feel too overwhelming (what is best for me? Do I really need to use all of this every single day?). But the truth is that health doesn’t have to mean a shelf stocked with jars, bottles, and potions. Instead, you can prioritize the products that fit it all in and focus on the one area of your health you want to work on. I love Vega’s Hello Wellness™ because it simplified my routine—thanks to the tailored ingredients included in the products. For example, in addition to the 15g of plant-based protein, It’s a No Brainer contains Omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin C, You’ve Got Guts has probiotics and prebiotics, and Spring in Your Step is an excellent source of vitamin D (and caffeine from coffeeberry, so it’s like drinking a nutritious latte).
You don’t need dozens of products to supplement the nutrients you need; you might even just need three. Morning routines don’t have to feel impossible, and nutritious breakfasts shouldn’t be skipped on busy days. It’s time we stop thinking health has to be complicated and nutrition has to be time-consuming. 2021 is the year I’ll make the conscious decision to simplify routines and incorporate wellness rituals that won’t cause me more stress in my day, all while filling my body with the nutrients that will make it feel best.
This post is sponsored by Vega, but all of the opinions within are those of The Everygirl editorial board.