How Vegetarian Food Blogger Cookie and Kate Starts Her Day

updated May 30, 2019
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Welcome to Kitchn’s series My Healthy Morning, where we show you how one person greets the day in a way that makes them feel their best. Each post will chronicle how that person defines healthy for themselves, and the habits and recipes that make their morning a little bit better.

If you’ve ever scrolled through Pinterest or gone down a deep rabbit hole on Instagram searching for pretty food photos, then there’s a good chance you know Kathryne Taylor of the wildly popular vegetarian food blog Cookie and Kate. Kate’s site has been around since 2010, a long time in blogger years, and it was one of the first food blogs I personally followed with regularity. Her recipes are attainable yet special, healthy but not too healthy. She’ll post a recipe for broccoli salad and it will be followed up with a recipe for a classic hot toddy. In 2017 Kate published her first cookbook, Love Real Food, which is now an Amazon best-seller.

We recently had the opportunity to visit Kate at her home in Kansas City and have her walk us through her healthy morning routine. Here’s what we learned.

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What Does Healthy Mean to You?

Healthy, for me, is finding balance through sustainable habits. I’ve found that the quality of my food choices makes a huge impact on my energy and mood, but there’s more to being healthy than food alone.

On a daily basis, I aim to sleep for seven to eight hours, eat three square meals, and move around in some fashion — whether that’s yoga, walking my dog, or hitting the elliptical machine on freezing winter days. That’s it! If I’m taking care of those aspects, I usually have plenty of energy for my work, friends, and family.

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My Healthy Morning Routine

I’m not a morning person. I’m really not. I usually wake up around 7 or 8 a.m., but sometimes I’ll sleep in later. My dog, Cookie, always wants her breakfast at 7 a.m. on the dot, so I often I get out of bed to feed her and then snooze a little longer. I used to use a digital alarm clock, but my little brother made fun of me for it so now I use my iPhone!

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I try to make my bed in the morning because it’s nice to start the day on a productive note. I keep my pillows to a minimum so that just takes about 30 seconds. Once I’m up, I chug a few glasses of water right away because I’m always thirsty. Apparently some people aren’t thirsty in the morning?

Then, I get started making some coffee and a simple breakfast. The worst part is hitting the button on my noisy coffee grinder. I’m trying to cut back on my coffee consumption a bit and I’ve realized that I tend to drink as much coffee as I make. So, I’ve switched from a bigger French press to my grandmother’s little French press. I like my coffee black.

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I don’t have the energy to make fancy breakfasts in the morning. I usually default to my childhood favorite, toast with peanut butter on top. These days, I make whole-grain toast and load it up with almond butter and some honey. Since I’m trying to eat more fruit on a daily basis, I top my toast with defrosted frozen raspberries. Maybe that seems weird, but they’re nice and jammy once they defrost in the fridge overnight. Frozen berries are a lot more affordable than fresh, too, especially when they’re out of season.

Then I’ll empty the dishwasher, make myself look half-decent (I usually just wear yoga clothes since I work from home and like to exercise after work), and take Cookie outside. After that, I crank open my laptop and get to work on a blog post or project. I do my best writing in the morning after the coffee kicks in. I try not to check my email first thing, but I usually get my news from The Skimm at some point.

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This year, I had big plans to start off the day with 30 to 45 minutes of reading. I haven’t exactly followed through on that one. Maybe that will be my February resolution!

Thanks, Kathryne, for sharing your morning routine with us!