My zero waste morning routine is a stabilizing part of my day. I do my best to keep my mornings as simple, healthy and waste free as possible. Since I’m a full-time freelancer and blogger, I’m on the computer for a majority of the day. This obviously doesn’t allow for much physical activity, or socialization. For this reason, I’ve crafted a morning routine that will center me, get my creative juices flowing and put me in a happy state. I do my best to keep my mornings as waste-free as possible too, and I hope it inspires you to do the same. To help you get started, I’ve partnered up with Brush with Bamboo to giveaway a 4 pack of organic toothbrushes, an adult travel case and a tongue cleaner. Check out the bottom of the post for details on how to win! It’s an Instagram and national giveaway only (sorry international followers), but it’s super easy to enter! Now without further ado, here’s my zero waste morning routine.
I love drinking water out of my stainless steel cup. It’s not only cute, but it’s also less likely to break if it falls. This is important because I tend to leave it on my bed frame a lot while I work (I don’t have an end table to put it on). Plus, I love the “kindness matters” text on the front.
Next, I like to fit in some time for exercise. I love yoga and that’s my typical exercise of choice. I rarely do anything else. Usually, I do yoga every Tuesday and Thursday morning for about 20 to 30 minutes.
It’s important to get in some form of physical exercise whenever possible. Also, I’ve been using the same yoga mat for years (it’s technically my mom’s but I do yoga more than her so I use it more often). I never felt the need to buy another, as it would be a waste of materials (and this one works just fine).
After my workout, I like to make myself some tea. I have a mint plant I got from the farmers market I’ve been growing on my windowsill. I’ve been drying out the leaves to save for tea.
To dry out the leaves, I cut off the stems with the best leaves (usually gathering about 4 to 5 stems), gather them together, tie them with twine, and hang them upside down to dry. After a day or two they’re all dried. That’s when I collect the leaves and compost the stems.
I add the dried leaves to my tea strainer ball, plop it into my favorite mug, and pour hot water over it. I let it steep for about 5 minutes, then drink up. Mint is great for promoting healthy digestion, and easing any stomach troubles (making it ideal to drink in the morning).
Alongside my tea, I like to eat breakfast. My favorite breakfast meal lately has been a nice oatmeal bowl topped with chia seeds, cinnamon and farmers market strawberries. I buy the rolled oats, cinnamon and chia seeds in bulk whenever possible and they definitely last a while. The strawberries I get plastic-free from the farmers market: They come in a compostable carton that I typically just return every weekend.
This meal literally makes my mouth water. Here’s how I make it:
- 1 cup of rolled oats
- 2 cups of water
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon of chia seeds
- 4 strawberries (or two big strawberries)
- 2 to 3 teaspoons of raw local honey or local maple syrup
- Bring water to a boil in a pot on the stove. Add in the rolled oats and lower heat to a simmer. Let it cook for 10 minutes or longer (if you like yours creamier), stirring occasionally.
- When it’s done, all the water should have evaporated. Add in cinnamon, chia seeds and sweetener of choice (raw honey or maple syrup). Stir until mixed well.
- Add the oatmeal into a bowl. Wash and cut strawberries into slices. Garnish on top of the bowl however you like. You can sprinkle a little more chia seeds and cinnamon on top for aesthetic if you’d like (as I did). Eat up!