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Morning Rituals – swell

Morning Rituals

Buckwheat Rawnola with Goji Berries and Cinnamon
Raw Holiday Breakfast Crepe Plate
Favorite Sandwich

I have a lot more mornings to myself, even when my lady isn’t on tour.  Sometimes I’m very productive, other times I do very little until work!  For the past week I’ve been starting my mornings with rawnola and dried fruit and a sprinkling of cinnamon.  It’s a little less elaborate than this holiday breakfast crepe I made for two back in December…

On lazy mornings, and afternoons, and evenings, I like to make and eat my favorite sandwich while listening to the radio.  It’s GF toast spread with stoneground mustard (ooh!), raw tahini (ahh!) and Bubbies sauerkraut (mmm!).  So simple yet so tasty.  Also good with sunflower sprouts or spinach on top.

Anyone else have favorite morning rituals?

33 Responses to “Morning Rituals”

  1. Megan says:

    OMGGGGG! Love the owl dish!

  2. Katie says:

    I’ve never thought to put saurkraut on toast! Yum!

  3. Blaine says:

    I am JUST about to pull rawnola out of my dehydrator! Do you have a favorite recipe? I just tried a new one with almond butter (yum) but I’m thinking it’s a little heavy on the sweetness…

    My mornings always see an enormous green smoothie with acai, blueberries, and cherries – I sit down and read for 30 minutes to an hour in my favorite chair while sipping away.

    It’s my sure-fire way to instill a sense of calm to a crazy day of classes, assignments, and work.

    The owl bowl is cuuute!

    • a-k says:

      I don’t really use recipes for the most part, I just kind of throw some things together and hope for the best! One made with almond butter sounds really tasty and actually inspired me to add some tahini to my most recent batch, though I think a sweeter nut butter would be even better. My rawnolas always have cinnamon in them, and usually cardamom and ginger. I also like agave or maple syrup, but not too much since I’m not big on really sweet things.

  4. Jes says:

    The rawnola and fruit are so colorful–a bowl of that would certainly brighten my morning. And that sandwich? It’s all of my favorite things in one, I can’t believe I didn’t think of it myself!

  5. fiveseed says:

    I feel such pressure in the morning to hurry up and get going. I tend to put away last night’s dishes, make a smoothie, and start working while drinking it.

    -YW (A Green Spell and Five Seed)

  6. cmb0096 says:

    Sauerkraut, huh?! Did you ever find a good gluten free bread recipe that you liked?

    I am a total morning person, and I love sipping something warm and checking my e-mail…it is the little things :-)


  7. Keith Kirby says:

    Many mornings for me start at 03:45, not much time before I train. Breakfast is a must for me, one of my favorites is organic steel cut oatmeal with walnuts and fruit (fresh and/or frozen). In the interest of time, I make a huge pot of oatmeal then portion it out in bowls. It keeps well in the refrigerator. In the morning, I reconstitute it with either rice/almond/hemp milk and heat on the stove in 5 minutes. It leaves me with belly full of yummy nutrition and minimal dishes.

    Oh yeah, after a glass of lemon water, a solid cup of organic water processed decaf coffee.

  8. Chantal says:

    The healthier I get, the more of a morning person I’ve become, and over these months/couple years, I’ve realized that I actually love mornings. Like you, I get to spend a lot of mine to myself (pre-partner waking up) at that time and I do that hour or so to get in tune with what will be the rhythms of my day!

    But either a ‘tropical fruit’ or berry smoothie with superfoods has definitely been our morning ritual pretty much since we met…

    Also, that owl dish is the cutest thing ever!

    • a-k says:

      I used to be a big night owl and am becoming more of a morning person too! It’s nice, I feel like I get so much more done in a day.

  9. kseni14 says:

    Breakfast is definitely the most important meal of the day. I can skip lunch, I can skip dinner, but I can’t skip brakfast. If I do….better don’t get in front of me, because I can bite someone =P

    Also, I would die of starvation if I didn’t eat anything on the morning because I don’t have lunch until 4PM (sometimes 5PM). Yeah, this are my stupid school time tables T_T

    On normal days I’ve breakfast at 6:30 with all my family, listening to the news on the TV and talking: I love this moment because it’s the only meal we are all toghether.

    Sometimes I get up at 4:30 or 5AM to study (when I have an exam), but I have breakfast anyway….in front of my text book. Usually something I can grab with my hands, like grapes or some crackers, instead of my oatmeal. I can eat almost anything for breakfast…even beans, lentils, rice or steamed veggies. My friends (who eat nothing or just a cup of milk) think I’m crazy xD

    Wow, I suppose you breakfast post inspired me :) )

    • a-k says:

      School schedules always made eating hard for me. Sometimes even my work schedule makes it hard, and I work in a grocery store!

  10. kseni14 says:

    Also (and I suppose it has something to do with sleeping 4 or 5 hours a days) I can’t survive without my cup of coffee and soymilk. Yep, I’m hooked on caffeine =S

  11. Heather says:

    Your simple (but delicious) morning meals look so awesome! I’m trying to get back to simple things. I’ve kinda nixed the gf thing because I don’t think it’s gluten, but rather grains, that kind of weigh me down. Still playing around with it but just trying to lessen it all. Quinoa and buckwheat: win, but everything else? Meh. So very sad.

    I don’t really have a ritual, except tea. I’ve finally traded in tea for coffee and have been loving vanilla rooibos with unsweetened vanilla almond milk. And I usually have a green smoothie, with the hot tea counteracting the cold. I like to relax for awhile before getting my day started so I take the quiet time to snuggle with the fat cat and get some reading done.

    • a-k says:

      At least you’ve got quinoa and buckwheat! Those are two pretty tasty ones if you ask me.

      I like tea, too, and I should drink more of it…Sometimes I can’t resist the coffee at work, but I always regret it :(

  12. Mihl says:

    Your breakfast looks so gorgeous. I love the colour of those goji berries.

  13. Mo says:

    I’ve never had goji berries but seriously wanna try them. There is some good looking food in this post.

    Lately, my morning ritual is: get up, shower, go for a walk around the neighborhood. I like going when hardly anybody is out because it’s so peaceful and the mountains are covered in snow this time of year.

    • a-k says:

      You should check out Asian markets for cheaper deals if you have any in your area.

      Your morning ritual sounds wonderful! I wish I felt like going outside in the winter for walking!

  14. Heather says:

    Baked brown rice mochi, miso soup, Japanese pickles, green tea and building amazing machines from Lego with little Elliott, who demands all of the above.

  15. Michal says:

    What a delicious meal!

  16. cila says:

    I am always torn between my extreme love of cooking and breakfast foods and my laziness about getting productive that early in the day. Lately the routine starts with a glass of hot water and lemon juice, and a piece of fruit, followed by a fresh cup of black coffee (beans roasted and fresh-ground by my brother) — If I’m peckish, a couple of more pieces of fruit, maybe with a little oatmeal. It’s been so cold and miserable here in Oregon I’ve been slicing up a pear or apple, adding a few raisins and a sprinkle of cinnamon, then popping it in the microwave for a minute to make an instant warm fruit salad. Yum.

  17. Mary says:

    That sandwich sounds delicious–I love spicy and sour things. Recently I found a really good millet and sweet rice bread at Whole Foods. I’m able to enjoy sandwiches for the first time in months! I want to pick up some sauerkraut and try your sandwich!

    In the mornings, I get up while it is still dark, take the dogs out in the yard, feed them, make smoothies, and load the dishwasher. Sometimes I go back to bed, and sometimes I knit until it gets light out. Then I listen to Morning Edition and walk the dogs. By the time I get back around 9, it’s time to make tea and get to work. I often take naps in the afternoon. I get very grouchy without enough sleep.

    • a-k says:

      I love finding tasty gf breads! My favorite sunflower and wild rice bread right now is by Kinnikinnick (I think I spelled that right), a Canadian company, which is probably why it costs over $6 a loaf…but so worth it when I can space out the sandwich-eatings to every couple of days.

  18. Eric says:

    I haven’t tried Bubbies Saurkraut but I love their relish. I have it almost every day for lunch.

    Very nice photos in this entry. I think my favorite morning ritual is tea and a bagel topped with almond butter :)

  19. Elissa says:

    Do you have a recipe for the Raw holiday breakfast crepe plate? it looks SO incredible?

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