A Morning In Her Shoes – Emily Hope

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 me nosy, but i’ve always been curious about how other people spend their mornings before they arrive in the public eye polished for their day.  

I wonder, how did their day start…have they eaten breakfast yet? Did they meditate? Did they already run 8km? Find out…

We will be asking a range of successful ladies from all over to find out what habits put the spring in their morning step.

This week we have the lovely Emily Hope, Nutritionist behind ‘Hope Nutrition’. Emily is in her third trimester of pregnancy and shares her healthy lifestyle with us from her home in the gorgeous Malborough.


Tell us, what does your morning look like as you roll out of bed… what habits or rising rituals do you have that keep you on top and in the game?

Upon rising…

I often spend the 10 minutes between the snooze button and my alarm going off lying in bed with my hands on my blossoming belly feeling our wee bundle kicking around. It’s such an amazing feeling knowing your future family is in there so it’s quite a special ritual that I’m really enjoying at the moment. After that, it’s up and out of bed for a 30 minute walk with the dogs around the farm or vineyard, depending upon where the cows and sheep are grazing!

Ritual - Hank

What do you drink?

Always a cup of warm water with the juice of a lemon from our tree before anything else. I pop the kettle onto boil before my walk and by the time I arrive home, it’s at the perfect temperature to enjoy straight away. I have it down to a fine art now!

What do you eat?

It really depends what I feel like or what I gather on the morning walk, especially in Autumn. If I pick up some juicy figs or feijoas wandering through the orchard, I’ll have Chia Rice Porridge, Actual Brown Rice Porridge or homemade muesli with figs or feijoas and Greek yoghurt. Otherwise, it might be gluten-free toast topped with Pic’s Peanut Butter and sliced banana or a smoothie if I’m feeling like something cold and creamy!

Chia Rice porridge with feijoas, medjool dates and Greek yoghurt

How do you move?

With a third trimester baby belly, I’m going for a gentle approach to exercise at the moment by swimming or walking most days with a pregnancy yoga class in the weekend.

Do you have a practice of stillness or quiet?

I’m trying to focus on the quality of my breath much more often now, especially in preparation for the baby’s due date as efficient breathing is so important. Pregnancy yoga has been great for increasing my awareness of this. I also turn my phone off at least an hour before bed time to switch off from the outside world and to focus on home and what’s going on around me. It’s also helps me to sleep!

Can you share your favourite go-to morning breakfast recipe?

This Creamy Cacao Smoothie is one of my favourites, especially when I feel like something slightly decadent first-thing but want to fuel myself with nourishing foods.

Creamy Cacao Smoothie

Simply blend the following until thick and creamy:
– ½ avocado
– 1 sliced frozen banana
– 1 Tbspn  Black Chia Seeds soaked in 1/2 cup water for 30 minutes
– 1 Tbspn Pic’s Really Good Peanut Butter
– 1-2 Tbspn  raw cacao powder
– Handful ice

Top with a tablespoon of toasted nuts if you so wish and eat it with a spoon!


Connect with Emily – Hope Nutrition:

Website: www.hopenutrition.org.nz

Facebook: www.facebook.com/hopenutritionnz

Instagram: @hopenutrition