Because my days are hectic and I'm always on the run, morning's have become a critical part of my day. About a year back, I implemented a rule: be up before 6 am and take an hour to myself with no phone, social media, or email—disconnected from everything to focus on setting a positive tone for the day, anyway I see fit. I firmly believe you set the tone for your day before you leave the house, and I do so by following my ritual daily—weekends included.
My morning rituals and what I do to get my day started:
1. Wake up by 6 AM
2. 10-15 meditation
3. Contemplate getting back in bed
4. Grab a cup of coffee
5. Journal/gratitude list
6. Make a quick breakfast
7. Drag myself to the dining room table
8. Read daily affirmation (Sign-up for weekly custom affirmations)
9. Get dressed for 9-5
10. Realize that two hours flew by and it’s time to rush out the door while I catch up on emails
Most people don't know it, but I love to cook—especially breakfast. But because I have a 9-5, and have to be out of the house by 8 am, I don't have time to cook a [proper] breakfast during the week. So, I need something simple, but tasty, and recently I've been loving Kite Hill's yogurt with added berries, granola, and chia seeds. Since going semi-vegan, finding a good yogurt has been difficult, but Kite Hill's yogurt is thick, creamy, and [slightly] tart—everything you need for breakfast.
Kite Hill is new to the market, and they began with the vision to create plant-based foods that would have the quality and taste of traditional dairy products. Their products are nut milk based and created using simple ingredients; they offer a variety of products from yogurt and pasta to cheeses and spreads.
Recently, they introduced new flavors to their Traditional Cultured yogurts—Blueberry, Strawberry, Peach, and Vanilla. What I love most about these flavor options is you're able to eat them plain or create your [own] flavors by adding fruits, berries, nuts, and seeds to the plain-flavor. My favorite creation is adding fresh raspberries, strawberries, chia seeds, toasted sunflower seeds, and honey to the Greek plain-style flavor, and for an added punch during snack time, I like to add in savory flavors for a yummy spread to eat with crackers and veggies.
Head over to your local Wholefoods to find these tasty tubs of yogurt. And if you're looking for a dinnertime option, try their sweet and buttery Ricotta; it adds the perfect amount of creaminess to any pasta dish.
With Kite Hill, you'll never know the dairy is missing, and no matter how you enjoy it, your mornings are in for a tasty treat.