Happy Valentine’s Day! To me, there’s nothing sweeter (or more romantic) than a peaceful morning with your special someone. On this day of love, I’m sharing with you a few things that make these cold winter mornings truly bright.
In the dead of winter, I truly adore the earliest part of the day. Waking up from the warmth of my bed and entering the cool of the rest of the house, making a few things that start my day off perfectly, and spending a good bit of time leisurely reading blog posts, Tweets, and articles often mark these early hours for me. I am often up at or before 8 am, and the sky looks milky gray dusted with light orange and pinks.
It seems there are three things that mark these early mornings: oats, green smoothies, and coffee.
I cook my oats simply: usually in whatever plant milk I have in the fridge with a pinch of salt. At the last minute, I add a spoonful of frozen blueberries, then serve with nut butter on top.
Green smoothies vary from day to day but often follow the same basic structure: plant milk or watered down orange juice, greens, a bit of fruit.
I always drink my coffee with a splash of creamer–usually just unsweetened almond milk. Sometimes I’ll add a couple drops of vanilla extract to my cup, and on these cold days it feels so warming to brew my coffee with a hint of cinnamon in the grounds.
With my morning essentials in hand, I set about my reading rounds. There’s nothing quite like a greens and caffeine to start your morning right.
What gets you up in the A.M.?