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

Laura Kosann
Co-founder, The New Potato

The moment I wake up—usually around 6:30 a.m.—I head to my coffee machine and make either a quick cup with a pod, or a fresh cup of French press coffee topped off with steamed soy or almond milk. Then I turn on the Today show and get back into bed. My Australian shepherd, Scout, curls up with me in bed (he’s far lazier than I am in the morning) while I catch up on emails and the news from some of my favorite sites and Twitter.

Once I’ve had that time to myself, I decide whether I’ll do breakfast at home or on my walk with Scout. If it’s at home, I’ll usually have something like Greek yogurt and Early Bird Granola mixed with either blueberries, blackberries, or raspberries. Sometimes I’ll also sprinkle in some chia or flax seeds. Alternatively, I also love making fresh scrambled eggs with a little olive oil and Himalayan sea salt.

If I decide to have breakfast on my walk, Scout and I head down to Juice Press where I get an on-the-go smoothie. Usually it’s spinach and kale, banana, dates, almond butter, and almond milk. I’ll get a Glo juice for later if I’m feeling dehydrated. Then we head towards the Le Pain Quotidien kiosk in the park to play a little fetch while I get myself a second cup of coffee!

In the mornings my walks with Scout take up most of my time, so I try to make them long and fast—three to five miles. I use that time to regroup and think about the day ahead. I guess you could say walking is a certain type of meditation for me. When I get back to my apartment, if I’m very lucky I’ll have time to do a few stretches or yoga poses before I shower. We interviewed [Broadway star] Patina Miller a while ago and she gave us some super quick ab and arm workouts to do at home, so that’s been something new I’ll try every now and then. 

Danielle Kosann
Co-founder The New Potato

I usually wake up around 6:30 or 7 a.m. and make a Nespresso right away. If I remember, I try to drink a glass of water with lemon before I have coffee, but I’d say it’s 50/50. I really can’t function until I’ve had coffee. I usually get back into bed for 20 minutes or so, drink my coffee, watch the news, and catch up on some emails from the night before. I’ll also often make a to-do list, which really helps me clear my mind for the day.

Two to three times a week I’ll get a quick workout in, and then I’ll try to take my time while I shower and get dressed. After I shower, I use coconut oil all over (except for my face), which is the best thing for me for dryness. For my face, I use La Mer eye cream and moisturizer in the morning, and C E Ferulic Serum from Skinceuticals.

I really like breakfast, and get bored if I have the same thing everyday, so I switch it up a lot. I like to make raw oatmeal—just oats, soaked in almond milk for 10 minutes—with fruit (blackberries, blueberries, and figs), or some Greek yogurt with fruit and a little peanut butter. If I’m too rushed I’ll get something on my way to the office. Right now, I love the Peanut Butter Acai Bowl from Liquiteria, or Balthazar toast with almond butter and jam from Bluestone Lane. And I always get another coffee, or an almond latte, on my way to the office.

What’s an even bigger eye-opener than coffee? A dip in 56-degree water, which Tony Robbins enjoys (?) every morning. You won’t see Team USA soccer player Ali Krieger doing that on game days, though—mornings are all about sleeping in and taking it easy, the Rio-bound athlete says.

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