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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!