It’s been said time and time again that attaining a morning ritual or taking solo time before the pressures of the day begin, can truly help success, productivity and happiness.
Call us nosy, but we’ve always been curious about how other people spend their mornings before they arrive in the public eye, polished for their day.
We wonder, what did they eat for breakfast? Did they meditate? Did they stretch? Did they hit snooze? Did they have to only worry about themselves or a family…? So many curious questions!
Follow along as we step into the mornings of a wide range of successful ladies from all over and to uncover what habits put the spring in their morning step…
This week we chat to the gorgeous Amelia Watson – face behind the incredible creations of Kitchen of Amelia….
Amelia is a 21 year old full time law student, part time foodie and health nut. She spends her days studying, taking photos of food, working out and having fun with her friends and family.
Tell us, what does your morning look like as you roll out of bed…
My type of morning depends on the day of the week – I have two morning routines which I alternate between. If its one of the three days a week where I have class I am out of bed at 6am and straight to the gym (normally eating a protein ball in the car on the way). I smash out a 40 minute work out, then like to spend 15 minutes in the sauna relaxing, manifesting and planning out my day ahead. I then head home for a shower and, most importantly, breakfast before heading off to class for the day. If its one of my days at home, I still get up at 6am. But I spend my first half an hour sipping on warm lemon water, and doing my daily gratitude and reading a book – currently its ‘The Calorie Fallacy’ by Dr Libby. I really relish this half an hour to myself as it allows me to relax and get in the right frame of mind for my day. Then I like to move my body. I generally aim to do half an hour of yoga and a half an hour or so walk outside in the fresh air. Then it’s home for breakfast before the study begins!
Upon rising…What’s the first thing you drink?
Water! I normally start with just plain room temperature water – a big glass which I leave on my bedside table the night before. I then move on to hot lemon water with apple cider vinegar with a pinch of cayenne pepper or ginger. Perfect to help kick- start your tummy for the day.
What’s the first thing you eat?
Breakfast! Anyone who knows me knows that I cannot go without breakfast. I love variety in my breakfasts so they generally consist of anything from a big green smoothie, porridge with courgette or carrots, or leftovers from dinner – normally roast vegetables with eggs. I always try and incorporate some kind of vegetable into my breakfast and whatever I end up with is normally dictated by how much time I have in the morning.
What’s your favourite way to move your body in the morning?
I generally alternate my morning workouts depending on the day of the week. Three days a week I head straight to the gym for a high intensity session – I love getting sweaty and working hard in the morning because it makes me feel like I have accomplished so much by 7am! On the other days, I like to start my morning with slower and more gentle movements like yoga and walking. I love to walk in the morning, I find it is a great way to clear my head and appreciate the day. Luckily I live in a beautiful area with heaps of different options so I never get bored!
How important is stillness or quiet space first thing?
I’ve recently started learning that it is very important! I treasure my mornings at home where I can take things slow and really relax before starting my busy day. I’ve recently created a ‘dream board’ above my bed so my favourite thing to do it sit there and look at my board (while sipping my lemon water) and think about all the things I am going to achieve one day – this helps keep me motivated on days where I am tired or super busy. Another big part of quietness in the mornings is not looking at my phone until the end of my morning routine. Some days this is a challenge, and my goal is to make it until breakfast without taking a peek.
Describe your ultimate morning, no obligations…
I’m lucky enough that I generally get to indulge in my ultimate morning a couple of times a week – I guess this is the benefits of being a student! My ultimate morning would begin with a bit of a sleep in, then half an hour of relaxing in bed, sipping my lemon water, reading my book, cuddling my cat. Then I would be off outside for a big walk with a friend or my mum – if we are really dreaming, it would be along a sunny, warm beach. Then I would come home to my favourite breakfast – porridge with lots of peanut butter and fresh berries.
Please share your favourite breakfast recipe…what’s your go-to?
Over the winter my go-to has definitely been porridge – these Cacao Peanut Butter Zoats are just the best!
½ cup oats (gluten free if necessary – or buckwheat groats work just as well!)
1 cup plant based milk
½ cup water
1 tsp chia seeds
1 courgette finely grated
Sprinkle of cinnamon
1 tbsp of cacao
1 dessert spoon chocolate protein power – I use Clean Lean Protein by NuZest NZ
Toppings: Peanut butter, berries, nuts, seeds, anything you can think of really!
1. Place all ingredients except for the protein powder in a saucepan and leave overnight to soak. This helps to make them creamier, and aids digestion, but is not essential.
2. In the morning place your pot on the stove over a medium heat – you may need to add a little more milk/water if it has all been absorbed.
3. Bring the oats to the boil and stir constantly to help thicken. Once thick and creamy (around five minutes) turn off the heat and stir through the protein powder.
4. Pour your oats into a bowl and add your favourite toppings – peanut butter is a must!
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