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The cure-all tea that SLT’s founder swears by

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Welcome to My Morning Routine, where Amanda Freeman and other good-life gurus share their personal (frequently surprising, often healthy) morning rituals—to help you make your a.m.’s more awesome. 

Amanda Freeman
Founder of SLT

I usually wake up at 6:30. I’m not a snoozer at all—I get up and at ’em. I brush my teeth and wash my face first thing. In the morning, I just use water. Getting ready for me is so minimal because I usually wear exercise clothes and I don’t wear makeup. But I do put on sunscreen every day.

I always have a tea in the morning. My nanny introduced me to moringa tea—it’s a plant out of India, and she believes it is basically the cure-all for everything. When I was breastfeeding, she told me to have moringa with your milk if you’re constipated or if you have diarrhea. How it helps with both, I don’t understand, but it solves everything.

I always try to watch on NY1’s In the Papers. I don’t really read the paper, and it’s shocking where I’ll find out some horrible thing happened way later than everybody else and I’m embarrassed. In the Papers is my eight minutes of getting the news. 

I used to always work out in the morning, but because I have a baby and I work, I like my mornings with her—it’s guaranteed quality time. If I can get into an 8:30 SLT class, I’ll do that sometimes. I do it at least three times a week. I’ve been using the Megaformer for five years, but it doesn’t get easier. I’m definitely not a pro. The only way you’d know I own the studio is because I know the moves and can transition fast—it’s not like I’m doing the hard version of everything. I always find it challenging, and what I like is that every class is different.

I’ll do a 305 class now and then, or Bari or Shadowbox. But my regular workouts are SLT, running, and yoga. 

Usually, if I work out at 8:30 I have breakfast right after. If I left for work I pick up breakfast on the way. I like oatmeal with a lot of stuff in it, like fruit and nut butter. There’s a place that puts apple cinnamon in it, which I love. I’m not a caffeine person, though I’ve started drinking matcha. I get that later in the morning.

And if you’re in the Southampton area on Saturday, August 6, come take an SLT class—Well+Good is hosting, as part of our Surfside Series! Classes are available at 8:30, 9:30, and 10:30 a.m., and we’ll be giving out free beach bags. Click here to sign up—each class is $40 ($20 if it’s your first time).

Looking to spice up your oatmeal bowl? Here are seven creative recipes to up your porridge game. And if you’re not near an SLT studio, try this core-burning workout from the studio’s director of training and development.