Mornings should be the least stressful part of your day (in my opinion at least). Waking up stress-free is an awesome way to start your day. I find that if I wake up stressed, there’s a good change the rest of my day will be stressful…it’s like that saying “waking up on the wrong side of the bed”.
Plan your mornings
I like to plan my mornings out the night before (as best and often as I can) in order to avoid feeling stressed when I wake up. If I’m not organized first thing in the morning, it stresses me right out. I find that if I can reduce the amount of things I have to do before starting my work day, the less stressed I am. Anyone else relate?
There are lots of things I like to do the night before to ensure my mornings are easy, including showering and drying my hair, picking out an outfit, preparing my lunch and thinking about what I’ll have for breakfast. If I know I won’t have a lot of time to prepare lemon water, coffee or a smoothie in the morning, I’ll also get that organized the night before.
But first, coffee
If you’re a coffee drinker, preparing your coffee the night before is key. It’s just one less thing you have to worry about in the morning and it will save you a couple dollars from having to stop to grab a coffee. Preparing your coffee the night before can be as simple as investing in a programmable coffee maker, preparing a cold brew or incorporating the tasty beans into a breakfast bar.
Here are three easy ways to make your morning coffee routine tastier and less work:
1. COLD BREW
Cold brews are the perfect solution for when you’re running out the door in the morning. My husband loves a good cold brew prep the night before…and they’re super simple to make.
All you have to do is grind up your beans, add them to a French press, pour cold water overtop, cover the French press and stick in the fridge. Check out Kicking Horse Coffee’s guide to making a cold brew here.
2. BLACK BEAN COFFEE BROWNIES
Starting your day off with a brownie doesn’t get much better. These black bean brownies are protein packed, low in sugar and provide a boost of caffeine. If you’re a real caffeine lover, you might want to pair these with a cold brew.
My favourite black bean brownie recipe is by Fraîche Nutrition (they’re also gluten-free) – I just substituted the coconut oil for applesauce and the instant espresso for a tsp of Kicking Horse Hola (ground).
3. CHOCOLATE COFFEE SMOOTHIE
This is a glass of health that won’t just tide you over but will also give you that kick of caffeine. It’s SO good! Chocolate, coffee and banana…how can you say no?
1 cup of brewed, cooled coffee (I used Kicking Horse Kick Ass)
1 frozen banana
1 cup milk (I used rice milk)
1/4 cup rolled oats
1 tbsp cocoa powder
2 pitted dates
Pinch of cinnamon
Blend everything together. It’s easy as that!
You can prepare this the night before by organizing everything you’ll need so that in the morning you just have to throw it in the blender.