We Snagged The Exact Breakfast Recipe TV's Biggest Action Stars Rely On For All-Day Energy

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It would be an understatement to call Rosario Dawson a busy woman. The actress, famed for her roles in Sin City, Rent, Men in Black II, and more, currently stars as Claire Temple in five of the Netflix/Marvel series, including Daredevil and Jessica Jones, in addition to running a sustainable fashion line, doing philanthropic work, raising a daughter, and partnering with Quaker to spread the word about their classic oats.

It's not a surprise then that she's figured out a few tricks to keep her energy up during long days on set—and it all starts with her choice of breakfast. "What I've noticed over the years, especially on all the different Marvel shows, is that when people are really working on their fitness and energy levels, they always add oatmeal to their smoothies," she told mbg. "It blends completely, so it just makes it nice and thick. Those shakes are completely different from the ones that don't have it in there—you get way more energy from them."

She shared her go-to shake recipe with mindbodygreen, a Mexican chocolate flavor profile that combines the oats with protein powder, cocoa, and fiery spices. Try it for yourself—we bet it'll make you feel like a superhero.

Rosario Dawson's Mexican Chocolate Energy Shake

Serves 1


  • 1 cup almond milk, unsweetened
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa nibs
  • 2 tablespoons roasted almonds
  • ½ teaspoon arrowroot powder
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • ½ frozen banana
  • ½ cup raw, Old-Fashioned Quaker Oats


  • Blend until smooth. Drink immediately.

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