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Jennifer Aniston Has the Best-Ever Reason for Skipping Her Morning Workout

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Photo credit: Cass Bird
Photo credit: Cass Bird


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Jennifer Aniston has possibly the best-ever reason for skipping her morning workout. See, the night before we sit down over Zoom to discuss her new Vital Proteins bars (Aniston joined the company in 2021 as Chief Creative Officer), she had a girls night. On the invite list: none other than her Friends co-stars Lisa Kudrow and Courteney Cox.

But missing her sweat session doesn’t phase the actor-producer-entrepreneur. Aniston is as cool as ever discussing her new collab, the Vital Proteins & Jennifer Aniston Bars. “It was so fun,” she says about creating the bars, which feature 14g of protein and come in three flavors: Peanut Butter Fudge, Cold Brew Coffee, and Dark Chocolate Coconut.

In celebration of the launch, Aniston talks with BAZAAR.com about all things wellness, from the origins of her protein bar obsession to how she starts her days mindfully—plus, how the pandemic helped her take a step back.

Photo credit: Cass Bird
Photo credit: Cass Bird

What did you do this morning?

Well, the first thing, I wake up, I meditate. Then the dogs go out for a walk, I feed the dogs. Make my coffee. And then I'd check my phone. I like to not dive into this place of the electronics and everything. And you know, back in the day, we used to not have [cell] phones, right? It's so weird to try to remember what we used to do, this is a relatively new thing that we have these phones right next to our bed. So I think, for me, it's really good to sort of just wake up a little bit, have a mindful wake-up.

I did not work out today, which I usually do. But Lisa and Courteney came over last night, so we were gabbing until late. So I kind of allowed myself an extra little bit of sleep. And you have to listen to your body. You know, that's the main thing I just try to do is just always listen to your body and not punish yourself, like, "Oh, I didn't get this in. I didn't sweat today." I think that's really important.

How did your routine change during the pandemic?

Well, everything kind of changed during the pandemic, our perspective changed. I was on such a, like, a hamster wheel of, wake up, have your coffee, get into the gym—it was just this rigorous routine, and then I'd have to get to work on time. And the pandemic, I think, allowed us to sort of take a pause that none of us have taken, and really sort of sit with ourselves and take inventory on what really is important, what matters, what doesn't really matter, and let the little things sort of slide away that don't that don't warrant the attention that we've been giving them.

And I have to say, going back to work during the pandemic was very stressful. Because as a producer of [The Morning Show], and being in that position, the health and protection of your cast and crew is number one. We were also one of the first shows to shut down. Because we were shooting our show, and this pandemic is sort of like happening around us, and then all of a sudden, it's right in your backyard.

We're actors, we can’t social distance, we're actually wrapping ourselves around each other. And so we said, I really think it's important that we kind of shut down for a second because we're quite vulnerable, actually. Then, of course, the world shut down. But it was really hard to work under those circumstances. Because when you’re actors and creatives, it's hard not to have that human connection. And that tactile connection. It was quite stressful, especially shooting Murder Mystery Two, because Omicron was sort of taking over and everybody was going down, left and right. So if Adam [Sandler] or I went down, we’d shut the whole production down. So it was just about waking up every day, going, "Are you okay? Good. We've made it through another day." That's stressful. It's a lot on people.

What do you do to stay grounded when things feel out of control?

For me, meditation is big, big, big, big. To have a moment in the morning that is for yourself and to tune everything out. And whatever that meditation is for you. There's a couple apps that I abide by that I love, or just sort of do my own TM [Transcendental Meditation], kind of just take that 20 minutes a day to for myself, like I said, before I get into the phone or emails.

What can you tell me about creating your new Vital Proteins bars?

When I became part of the Vital Proteins family, I was testing out all their products and loving all of them. And I'm also a real protein bar girl. I have been since I was a kid on the run, I would grab [them] back in the ‘90s. They weren't always the most nutritious, but they have since become, really, so much better.

So when I became part of their team, I tested out everything, and the protein bars were really big. They were just almost too much, and they were really chewy and the flavors [were] not great. And then I thought, well, I make my shake in the morning and I use the collagen peptide powder, the chocolate. I was thinking...I put maca powder, goji berry, lion's mane [into my smoothie]—why can't we put all of these ingredients into a protein bar and get that nutritional value as opposed to just the collagen peptide? So we did a lot of testing and tasting until we got to these particular flavors. I love this process of creating something and perfecting it.

Well now, of course, I have to know what your favorite flavor is.

Mine's the Coffee Cold Brew, because I love coffee. I love coffee ice cream, I love coffee anything. But then if I have too many of those for a period of time, then I like to switch it to the Chocolate Peanut Butter.

This interview has been edited and condensed for length and clarity.

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