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 lovely young Ella Farrugia, the 14 year old with a passion for veganism, wholefoods and photography.
We found Ella through her gorgeous (and growing) Instagram account – The Curious Avocado.
Tell us, what does your morning look like as you roll out of bed…
My mornings typically involve me waking up at 6.30am, lying in bed for a few minutes to wake myself up and take a few deep breaths. Then I get changed into my uniform, head to the kitchen and drink a few cold glasses of water. I find myself doing a lot of multitasking in the mornings and most days I’ll be making my lunch for school whilst making my breakfast. So I am usually cooking up some brown rice pasta on the stove, chopping up veges and washing greens as well as heating up some oats or blending a big banana smoothie. Then I’ll set up for my mini photoshoots of my breakfast which usually means I’m walking all over my house getting different plants and materials to add to the photo. Then I’ll finally get to dig into the breakfast and then I’m off to school.
What’s the first thing you drink?
Water! Every morning I try to drink between 500ml-1L of water as soon as I get up. I feel that this really helps to wake me up, get me energized and sets my digestion up for the day.
What’s the first thing you eat?
A huge bowl of nourishing goodness! I am a self-proclaimed breakfast enthusiast and can’t even think properly if I don’t start my day with a whole heap of delicious plant-based foods. Breakfast, for me, dictates how my whole day will pan out and what I eat for brekkie is usually dependant on the weather. If it is a chilly Auckland morning, I love starting my day with a big bowl of oats cooked in brown rice mylk with plenty of warming spices. If it is a nice and sunny day, I love making a smoothie bowl or some nice-cream. My go-to combos for those has to be bananas and blueberries with heaps of toppings like buckwheat and strawberries.
What’s your favourite way to move your body in the morning?
I’m the kind of person who prefers to work out at night, mainly because it’s hard to fit things in before school. But in the summer months I love going for long runs on the beach as soon as I wake up and then coming home to a delicious breakfast afterwards. Otherwise, I get out of bed and I usually stretch for a little bit to wake up all my muscles.
How important is stillness or ‘quiet space’ first thing?
So important! I find that I’m so much more productive during the day if I start out my mornings with just a few minutes of quiet to gradually wake myself up and mentally prepare myself for the day ahead. I love taking time to take a few deep breaths as I find that this really helps with mental clarity and it always helps to start my day on a positive note.
Describe your ultimate morning. No obligations…?
My ultimate morning would be waking up at sunrise and heading down to a beach for a morning run. Then I would take my time making an acai bowl then getting the perfect photo of it. After that I would spend hours wandering around a farmers market and filling a bag with beautiful organic produce.
Please share your favourite breakfast recipe…what’s your go-to?
3/4 cup of wholegrain organic oats
1 ripe mashed banana
1 heaped teaspoon of maca powder
½ teaspoon of cinnamon
½ cup filtered water
½ cup (or more if desired) of plant based mylk- I like to switch it up between rice, oat and almond
A dash of pure maple syrup (optional)
Toppings: anything goes but my favourites are strawberries, sliced banana, coconut flakes and buckwheat.
Add all the ingredients expect the maple syrup (if using) to a small saucepan over a high heat and stir well. When it comes to a boil, reduce to low-medium heat and cook until thick and creamy. Remove from the stove top and add a little more mylk if it’s took thick for your liking. Pour into a bowl, drizzle with maple syrup and if you wish, decorate with toppings.
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