Morning Routines

Photo: Robyn Ribotsky (Wisconsin '18)

Photo: Robyn Ribotsky (Wisconsin '18)

Photo: Sophia Schoenau (Tulane '18)

Photo: Sophia Schoenau (Tulane '18)

I firmly believe that the way you start your morning dictates how the rest of your day will go, so it's important to start your morning off right! After I snooze my alarm a few times, get caught up on social media, brush my teeth, wash my face, make my bed and get dressed (usually in workout clothes, regardless of a planned workout...), it's time to really start the day.

But first, coffee.

When it's a hot coffee day, I take it black. I find that when I drink black coffee, I have more energy and am more motivated to have a better morning workout. When it's an iced coffee day, however, bring on the almond milk, stevia and cinnamon. I put cinnamon on EVERYTHING–mostly because I love the taste, but also because it has some major health benefits! Cinnamon can reduce blood sugar levels as well speed up your metabolism, making you burn more calories, faster. I then like to whip up a protein-packed breakfast (which usually includes cinnamon) to keep me full for longer. Some of my go-to's include:

Fat-free Greek yogurt with chia seeds and berries
Chia seeds are full of protein, fiber and omega-3's, so they are great for sustained energy.

A hearty bowl of oatmeal (add in a drop of natural creamy peanut butter) with sliced bananas, nuts, cinnamon, and stevia
Oats are rich in beta-glucan, the type of dietary fiber that lowers bad cholesterol levels.

Quest protein shake
I use Quest Vanilla protein powder, a scoop of peanut butter, almond milk, banana, cinnamon, and sometimes a sprinkle of raw cacao.

Scrambled egg whites or poached egg with veggies
I like to pair this with avocado and some high fiber crackers such as Flackers.

Not sold on any of these breakfast ideas? For more inspo, check out these four homemade protein-packed breakfasts that are great for early morning workouts.

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