Create Your Morning Routine
Morning routines. We all have them. We all get up in the morning and do something, and then do something else, and then something else. But how do our morning routines serve us?
Whether we realize it or not, how we start our morning off affects how we feel for the rest of the day, and by extension, our entire life. We can set ourselves differently by doing different things in our first minutes or hour of consciousness each day. Having a morning routine that helps us start our day off cool, calm, and collected can make a HUGE difference in our lives. It doesn’t need to be complicated, just meaningful.
What does your current morning routine do for you?
Do you start off with a cup of coffee that has you running on caffeine highs and crashes for the rest of the day?
Do you start off with pushups that leave you energized?
Do you start off with meditation that leaves you calm and focused?
Do you start off with email that leads to more internet and more internet and…
What kind of food do you eat in the morning? How do you feel two hours later? Four hours later?
Here are just a few ideas for creating your own routine:
Cup of tea and a book
Organize tasks for day
So how would you like to start the next beautiful day of your life? What routine would bring peace and happiness to your day?
In keeping with the morning theme, here’s a great breakfast recipe! Quinoa is full of protein, so it will keep you going longer than most of your other breakfast cereals will.
1/2 cup quinoa
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 1/2 cups almond milk (or other milk alternative)
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons brown sugar (or maple syrup, optional)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
1 pinch salt
Heat a saucepan over medium heat and measure in the quinoa. Season with cinnamon and cook until toasted, stirring frequently, about 3 minutes. Pour in the almond milk, water and vanilla and stir in the brown sugar and salt. Bring to a boil, then cook over low heat until the porridge is thick and grains are tender, about 25 minutes. Add more water if needed if the liquid has dried up before it finishes cooking. Stir occasionally, especially at the end, to prevent burning.
Heat leftover quinoa with some cinnamon, almond milk, dried or fresh fruit, nuts or seeds, and maybe a little maple syrup or honey. Enjoy!