My Morning Routine 2014

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Good morning, sleepy heads!

Honestly i don't really know what's so fascinating about those "bedtime/morning routine" posts but since they fascinate me too for some reason, i'm going to do one as well. Yay :)

Step 1: Waking Up

8 o'clock. The first thing for me to do when getting up - after hitting my alarm clock until it shuts up - is to gently wake up my body with a glass of water. I usually go for room temperature or warm water, sometimes lemon-, orange- or cucumber-infused. This flushes my system, gets my metabolism going and is altogether a nice refreshment. If i have time, i will also read a chapter from whichever book i'm reading at that time.

Step 2: Yoga

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8.30. After finally crawling out of bed i do a short yoga sequence.
This particular sequence is called the Sun Salutation and should best be performed - you guessed it - around sunrise. And no, i don't get up at sunrise everyday, however i do always make this the first activity of my day. 

Personally i find Yoga to be the best way to start my day because it acts as a whole-body warm up that will stimulate your physical and mental concentration, and provide you with energy, flexibility and a calm mind. This sequence in particular helps improve strength and flexibility of the muscles and spinal column, whilst also toning your abs. Breathe deep and stretch it out, baby!

Step 3: Green Tea

Right after my morning walk or yoga session, which usually takes me about an hour, I sit down to work on a text at home or go to uni or to work. My teapot - which is a beautiful Chinese teapot that i love very much - filled with green tea (pure, vanilla, citrus, jasmine, peach or Matcha - at the moment vanilla green tea with some fresh organic mint leaves is my favourite!) helps me to concentrate and carry on my workload

I used to be quite a coffee-freak at one point, but not any more! Don't even need black tea. Green or white is all i need to get ma juices flowin' :)

Step 4: Breakfast Time

10 o'clock. My favourite time of the day, whoop-whoop! Since breakfast is the fuel that will get you through your day, i never skip it and try to make it as saturating as possible. Depending on the day that lies ahead, i will make my breakfast either light, average, filling or super-filling OR the Sunday treat version which is only for Sunday's or your "cheat day" as some people call it. Can't go without banana though!

a) The light option: Bananas

You need:
- Bananas. Ripe, sweet, gorgeous bananas. I recommend: monomeal of 3-8 bananas.

b) The average option: Banana Mash

You need:
- 3 ripe, soft Bananas
- 1/2 teaspoon ground Cinnamon
- optional: 1 big tablespoon pure applesauce, cut apple slices, pinch of ground ginger, almond slices, raisins...

c) The filling option: Banana Buckwheat Porridge

You need:
- Buckwheat flakes *
- Cocoa powder, raw, unsweetened, de-oiled, around 1-2 tsp
- Bananas (i usually go for 1-2 mashed and 1 sliced)
- optional: flaxseed, nuts, berries, cinnamon, raisins, dates, honey, agave syrup...

d) The super-filling option: Chia Chocolate Pudding

You need:
- Chia seeds, around 3 tbsp
- 1 cup water or almond milk (i like to use 1/3 water, 2/3 milk) - let chia and liquid sit in your jar/mug/bowl for at least 30min or best overnight!
- Banana
- Cocoa powder, raw, unsweetened, de-oiled, around 1 tsp
- optional: blended or mashed berries, almond purée, vanilla, honey, agave syrup...

e) The Sunday option: Pancakes

You need:
- Buckwheat or oats, ground
- Pumpkin purée
- non-dairy milk or yoghurt (i'm using soy milk)
- Banana
- Cinnamon
- Baking powder
- Vegetable oil
- optional: sweetener, Chocolate ganache (cocoa powder, shredded coconut, agave, soy milk), pear, Beurre d'érable (maple butter) or other nut butter...

Personally, my latest obsession is the Banana Buckwheat Porridge, but here are some other great breakfast options:

Banana Chia Pudding
Date Coconut Porridge
Appel compote, muesli & chocolate pudding
Sun-kissed Smoothie
Green Jungle Smoothie 
More Morning Smoothies
Green Tea Ice Cream
Coffee Ice Cream
Oatless Oatmeal
Oats with Strawberry Banana mylk
Pink Porridge
Overnight Oatmeal (breakfast in a bottle) 
Winter Breakfast in a Jar
Warming Winter Smoothie Bowl
Muesli Smoothie Breakfast Bowl
Apple Pear Porridge with Banana mylk
Oatmeal Banana Pancakes 
Apple Oatmeal Pancakes
Green Tea Pancakes
Chocolate Oatmeal Pancakes (with zucchini) 

Now I'm ready for the day!

* Despite its name buckwheat does NOT contain wheat! It is not even a grain, nor a cereal and is gluten-free. Buckwheat is derived from the seeds of a flowering plant related to knotweed, sorrel and rhubarb. If you don't care about eating gluten-free or raw, feel free to sub the buckwheat flakes for oats :)


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