Growing up I, like most kids, loved waking up to a bowl of sugary cereal. What I loved even more were my mom’s homemade breakfasts. She enjoyed cooking for me and my sisters. My absolute favorites were her bran muffins, egg sandwiches, and apple-walnut oatmeal. I’m going to be totally honest: I did not inherit my mom’s love of cooking. As an adult, I’ve been guilty of skipping breakfast altogether only to end up feeling hangry later. That’s why I’m realistic about my breakfast choices. I rely on quick, healthy meals that are perfect for women who are constantly on the go.
Keep scrolling to learn my five favorite morning meals, including what I love to indulge on for weekend brunch. (There are a few beauty secrets in here as well!)
I start each day by drinking a large cup of warm water with lemon and pressed ginger to flush out any toxins in my body. The vitamin C in lemons helps fight free-radical damage and boosts collagen production, which keeps my skin looking clear and youthful. I am not a big coffee drinker—I love the taste but always end up feeling hyper and unfocused. My go-to for an extra boost of energy in the morning is English breakfast tea. My favorite is Numi’s Breakfast Blend.
I recently discovered The Alchemist’s Kitchen in NYC, which makes gluten-free avocado toast. This is one of my favorite meals and is also so easy to make at home. They use corn bread and add sprouts and chili flakes—it’s delicious! I usually add a little Cholula, my favorite hot sauce, and an egg.
What’s even better about The Alchemist’s Kitchen is what’s downstairs, a new beauty discovery I’m very excited about called Higher Dose. It’s an infrared sauna that you sit in for 45 minutes. The benefits are endless! This detoxifies your body seven times more than a traditional sauna, stimulates collagen production, increases serotonin, and burns calories all at the same time. It’s a great way to start off the day. I leave feeling energized yet calm and glowing.
My Pilates instructor introduced me to a new juice company that I’ve been obsessed with, especially on days when I want to sleep in or am rushing out the door. LuliTonix’s juices are different than cold-pressed because they are blended and maintain all of the beneficial fiber in fruits and vegetables to keep you fuller for longer. My favorite is called Kick. The added mango perfectly balances the taste of the greens. One of the company’s more unique juices is called Black Magic. It contains activated charcoal, which actually is pretty magical. It is commonly used in medicine in order to absorb toxins in the gastrointestinal tract. Drinking this in the morning always helps me feel sharp and focused.
Let’s be honest: Sometimes you really, truly don’t have the time to whip something up in the morning. This sounds so simple, but a handful of almonds and a banana sustain me whenever I’m rushing to a meeting and only have 10 seconds in the kitchen.
Moving on to the weekend! After a busy week, I love to indulge in my favorite breakfast foods and test out new restaurants. My friends and I recently took a road trip to The Inn at Pound Ridge, a Jean-Georges restaurant. Everything on the menu is amazing, but I stick with my top picks, which are huevos rancheros and eggs Benedict.
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