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How I Do Mornings + Chocolate Protein Oats from Oh, Ladycakes

How I Do Mornings + Chocolate Protein Oats from Oh, Ladycakes

Words Ashlae Warner

So it should come as no surprise that the first thing I do when I get out of bed each morning is walk downstairs, fill the electric kettle (I’m not one to promote unnecessary consumption but if you haven’t upgraded your stovetop kettle to the adjustable temperature pour-over kettle— WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?) (not only do you get to control the water temperature (!) but the body and handle design make for a super smooth pour), and drink a big glass of room temperature water while I wait for the other water to boil. Once the water is ready, I make my favorite cup of pour-over and savor it from the comfort of our couch (or bed). I do this every single morning of every single day and it’s been my routine for as long as I can remember. Even on days when we have to be out of the house by 6AM, I’ll wake up an hour before Thom just to ensure I get that little chunk of quiet time to myself.

Depending on the day, I might go to the gym. But probably not because lately I’ve been really good at talking myself into doubling up on workouts which means I only lift weights ~*two days a week*~ and yes it’s basically the best idea I’ve ever had (but I don’t think it’s something I can sustain much longer because bodies are weird). So maybe I’m going to the gym. Or maybe I’m whipping up a protein-heavy breakfast and eating it across from my handsome husband (who actually never makes my coffee, despite what these photos convey). Or maybe I’m packing up breakfast (and second coffee) (and Thom’s first and only tea) and eating it from the heated passenger seat of our car because, if it’s a weekday, chances are we’re leaving our place. Which not only means we’re probably taking breakfast and warm beverages to-go (beverages that actually stay warm thanks to our handy travel mugs), but it also means I’ve got to tidy up before we head out for the day. Cleaning before we leave is a really weird habit I developed over the course of however many months (nine?) we’ve been living in our tiny loft. When we get home at the end of the day, the last thing I want to do is run the vacuum or wash a bunch of dishes, so I take the extra 15-20 minutes each morning to give our place a quick clean. And you know what? It makes a huge difference in our ability to come home and unwind at the end of a long day.

Oddly enough, weekend mornings aren’t that much different from the weekdays. I still wake up at the same time but try to stay in bed until 7AM, if I can. I’ll sneak downstairs to make my first mug of pour-0ver then head back to our bed to catch up on the news (lately I’ve been avoiding it throughout the week) (#mentalhealth) or answer emails. Or, you know, just mindlessly scroll through that reaaally addictive photo sharing app. When Thom finally wakes up (he’s a night owl and definitely not a morning person), we make breakfast together and eat it at the dining table. Sometimes he makes blueberry pancakes. Sometimes I’ll make (not protein) waffles. And sometimes we go the no-fuss route and he’ll heat up a pastry from one of his favorite bakeries and I’ll whip up a quick breakfast to match.

Speaking of breakfast! Mine are almost always heavy on the protein. I try to eat 130+ grams of protein each day and it makes it really easy to hit that goal when I start my day with a solid 40 grams. Some mornings I guzzle a protein shake and other mornings I make a single-serving vanilla protein waffle, but lately I’ve been on an oatmeal kick because the protein powder burnout is real and I need to use every trick in the book to mask the flavor of that nasty stuff: extra cacao, lots of tangy yogurt, fruit, and nut butter are pretty good at that. The thing I love most about the oatmeal recipe is that it literally comes together in minutes and can easily be taken on the go. It’s got a good mix of protein and carbs and fat and it keeps me satisfied for hours. Like, so many hours that some days I’ll forget to eat lunch (guess who hates when I forget to eat lunch?) because I’m still so satisfied FROM A SERVING OF OATMEAL.

So, tell me, how do you do mornings? I wanna know.

Head to Oh, Ladycakes for the Chocolate Protein Oats recipe and more about her routine.

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