We all know starting the morning off right sets us up for success throughout the day. Knowing just what to do with the limited time we have can be daunting, so we turned to our Aveda Ambassador Vanessa Packer, who is a wellness expert and founder of modelFIT, for some inspiration. Here she shares her go-to breakfast options, gym bag essentials and a recipe for her detoxifyng Ayurvedic Chakra Tonic that’s so energising, it may even replace your current cup of joe.
Living Aveda: You’re a busy wellness entrepreneur in NYC, how do you ensure your mornings get off to the right start?
Vanessa Packer: In the morning it’s essential to hydrate. I drink a lot of water–lemon water or alkaline water–and my Ayurvedic Chakra Tonic. I like to keep breakfast light with a green juice or if I need a little more, I’ll make a smoothie. Heartier options include a big fruit salad with fresh mint or herbed avocado toast on multigrain seeded bread. I try to listen to my body to see what it needs. I don’t eat if I’m not hungry, but I also don’t wait to eat if I am hungry.