My Progress Morning Routine + Quinoa Breakfast Bars

By Jessica Hylton - - Updated
Here’s my Progress Morning Routine! It helps me to wake up, feel energised, and get the day started! I’m also sharing a recipe for delicious, protein-packed quinoa breakfast bars!
 Jessica in her kitchen cutting some breakfast bars.
In January of last year, I started meditation. Little did I know at the time that it would pave the way for something I would do to start every single morning: my morning routine. Today I wanted to share with you my progress morning routine! I truly love my morning routine at this point. It doesn’t take very long time, and it makes me feel like I can have a day filled with positive progress, motivation and good vibes. It can be easily adjusted if I need to get somewhere early in the morning. What’s important is that when establishing your own morning routine, you do what suits you best.

Why a morning routine?

A morning routine really helped me to establish a system in place that my body, mind and soul needs to feel grounded and calm and ready for the day. The first time I realised how important it was when we were on vacation, and I didn’t do it at first. I felt so out of whack that I ensured after that to work my morning routine into every day of my life. It helps me to prioritise my health and do what matters most.
Jessica in her kitchen, taking a sip from a mug.
I truly believe a morning routine helps everyone. It’s just a nice, basic set of steps you do every single day to keep you in a rhythm. It doesn’t have to be complicated, and it can also even be just one step if you don’t have a lot of time in the morning. Whether it’s to drink a tall glass of water when you wake up, go for a quick run, or even to just spread your bed, something that makes you feel great and gets you started. I hope that in sharing my own morning routine, you can see how I get motivated daily to keep on what I like to call the path of progress. Instead of swirling around in my head for hours, this makes me feel good from the very start.

1. Wake up, drink a glass of water and make my bed. Time Dedication: 3 minutes

Jessica picking up a pillow from her bed.
Yes friends, I’m one of those people that make their bed every day! Honestly, working from home can mean temptation-ville! I used to have to lock my bedroom door to block out that temptation. Since I’m starting to spread my bed in the morning though, it wakes me up immediately, and makes me feel like I’ve already accomplished something! Re drinking water, a tall glass literally wakes me up. It always seems to amuse the Mr. that seconds after drinking the water I do a body shake from top to bottom, then bottom to top, and essentially look like a robot booting up! Okay okay, I laugh at myself too about that!

2. Journalling/Morning Prayer/Affirmations: Time Dedication: 5 minutes

Jessica sitting on her bed, writing.
One of my besties Racquida introduced me to journalling late last year, and honestly, it is one of the most calming things ever. On top of that, she bought me this adorable journal! I love to write a few thoughts out, and to write down three things that I am grateful for that I can’t buy/don’t cost money (I first heard this from Mattie James). It really helps to set my priorities and brings me into a state of appreciation. After journalling, I say a quick prayer thanking God for the day, and that I know it’ll be an amazing day! If I need to, I say some affirmations – “I am enough” “I can and will conquer today” “I am doing important work” to get my confidence up. Depending on the day I’ve had, I’ll journal right before bed too to get all the thoughts out.

3. Meditate: Time Dedication: 10 minutes
Jessica in her living room, in a yoga pose.

Oh, meditation! I mean, I could go on about this forever, so I wrote a separate post addressing it. Needless to say, this ten minutes in the morning reminds me to be mindful (so necessary for me!), to respond instead of reacting, and to remember that even on hard days, I can come back to a place of peace and calm in my mind.

4. Exercise/Yoga: Time Dedication: whatever fancies you

Jessica on a yoga matt doing a yoga pose.

The thing I love about exercise is that if you still haven’t woken up mentally, it’ll wake you RIGHT up! I love doing yoga in the morning, but sometimes I do a HIIT workout too. That’s when I’m bouncing off the walls for sure.

5. After I’ve showered, I make some matcha latte. Time Dedication: 5 minutes

Jessica making a smoothie in her kitchen.

love matcha latte !! It takes like 2-3 minutes for the water to boil, one minute to add the ingredients to my blender and another 1 minute to blend it all together. It has almost 100% replaced my coffee habit, and helps to keep me energised while keeping me really calm. I love using my Silk Protein Nutmilk in my matcha latte for a boost of protein in the morning. Adding more protein into my mornings actually ties into one of my 2018 self-love goals, so this helps to get me on the right track already. What this means is that I get 5g of protein in my matcha latte (I use ½ cup milk) thanks to the Nutmilk, which is an amazing way to start the day. You could even replace the ½ cup water and use a full cup of milk to amp that up to 10g protein!

6. Breakfast Time! Time Dedication: Anywhere from 1 minute to as long as you can
Jessica cutting some breakfast bars in a kitchen.

Why did I say 1 minute for breakfast?! Because meal prepping breakfast is the EASIEST way to shave time off of your morning routine! I love meal prepping my breakfast because it means I can pop it into the microwave for 1 minute, or the toaster oven for like 5 minutes. Even when I have a lot of time to make breakfast (rarely), it helps to have something pre-made to help my brain. Speaking of which – I made some Quinoa Breakfast Bars for you today! I wanted to try something different, and quinoa has a beautiful neutral flavour that adds beautiful to these bars. They taste like eating muffins!
Hands holding a plate of breakfast bars.
Breakfast is another place that I love to add protein into. I used Silk Protein Nutmilk here too in the bars for its smooth texture, to keep the bars vegan, and of course, to add in protein. You could even drink a glass with your bars instead of matcha latte. One cup has 10g of protein, so you’ll be starting your day off strong for sure.
Side by side pictures of breakfast bars on plates.
I find that when I start my day with a good amount of protein, I’m definitely on the path to progress. I feel energised, awake, and most importantly, nourished and filled.

Then I start my day! See? Not difficult, and super grounding. After a morning routine like that, I feel like I can do anything!

 Breakfast bars on a plate with a carton of nut milk in the background.

Tips For Starting Your Own Morning Routine:

  • Test it out, and try a few different things! Don’t feel like you need stick to something because you think you should. I tried several different practices in the morning before sticking to one routine that quickly felt natural to me. Play around, and do what feels good for you.
  • Don’t become a slave to your morning routine. Let me say this – I LOVE completing every single step of my morning routine. However, if I have an early morning appointment, or something else that must be done, I might skip some steps, or rearrange them. Maybe I’ll do yoga in the evening instead, or journal right before bed. The whole point is that, let me say it again, it makes you feel good. It shouldn’t make you feel stressed, or make you late! Being flexible with it is okay, and not something to feel guilty about.
  • Start from the night before. I totally get that if you’re not working from home, adding a morning routine on top of your scrambling breakfast and packing lunch may seem impossible. If you always feel like you’re rushing, create a to-do list the night before of what you need to do the next day, including what can be done the night before. Can you maybe pack lunch the night before? I find that creating a list every night anyway helps make the next day go better. I know for a fact that my brain can’t think of a nice and logical list while I’m rushing!
  • Don’t skip breakfast. No matter what your routine is, breakfast is a crucial part of it. If you’re like me and want to have a high protein breakfast, then using Silk Protein Nutmilk is the easiest way to go. In just a cup, you’ve already added 10g to your dish.

Overhead shot of breakfast bars on a table.

I hope you enjoyed this post! What do you do in your own morning routine? I would love to know!

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  Here's my Progress Morning Routine! It helps me to wake up, feel energised, and get the day started! I'm also sharing a recipe for delicious, protein-packed quinoa breakfast bars! via
Overhead view of hands holding a plate of breakfast bars.

Quinoa Breakfast Bars

Delicious, protein-packed quinoa breakfast bars!
by: Jessica in the Kitchen
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 9 servings
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
  • 1 ½ cups cooked quinoa
  • 5.25 ounces gluten free certified old fashioned oats 1 ½ cups
  • cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup Silk Protein Nutmilk
  • 2 flax eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flakes optional
  • 2 tablespoons dried cranberries optional
  • 2 tablespoons cacao nibs optional
  • 2 tablespoons pepitas pumpkin seeds (optional)


  • Preheat your oven to 350°F/180°C. Grease an 8x8 baking dish and set aside. In your blender of food processor, grind down the oats.
  • In a bowl, mix the "oat flour", baking powder, baking soda, sea salt and cinnamon together. Add in the quinoa, maple syrup, Silk Protein Nutmilk and the flax eggs. Mix everything together until combined. The batter should be wet. Fold in the coconut flakes, dried cranberries, cacao nibs and pepitas to combine. I like to reserve some to sprinkle on top, or even add more on top. You can even fold in different ingredients here if you'd like.
  • Pour the mixture into the 8x8 baking dish and spread until even. Top with your additional toppings if desired. Bake for 25-30 minutes (I did 30) until the bars are set completely.
  • Allow the bars to cool. Slice into bars - 9 or 12, and serve! Enjoy!


Calories: 187kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 343mg | Potassium: 182mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 10g | Calcium: 94mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. Awesome routines and you are glowing :-)) These quinoa oat bars look fantastic as well, Jessica.

  2. Pat says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your routine. This has been a huge struggle for me for years. Do I dress first, walk the dog and exercise? When to add prayer and my Bible reading? I have established the habit of setting up the coffee the night before (it’s on a timer), setting out my clothes the night before. I am trying to pack my lunch the night before but haven’t been consistent. Also, I make a batch of steel cut oats over the weekend and heat them in microwave every weekday morning. I’m encouraged to give it another try.

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Pat,

      Oh thank you so much!! I know – it can be so confusing sometimes. I try to say instead – what would make me happy if I did this *one* thing in the morning? Then I add that in. If there’s room for more, I add those in. But the key is to do at least one thing that can improve my morning/get me going for the day. I love the steps that you are taking to get a morning routine and also what you do before bed the night before!! I hope what I said really helps and that you have even better days because of it!

  3. Judy says:

    Your routine inspires me! One question I have: In the recipe, you list “flax eggs.” Never heard of this. Can you explain? Would regular eggs work? Or egg whites?

  4. Judy says:

    Beautifully written article Jess and so very useful. Can’t over-emphasize a morning routine that keeps you grounded. I appreciate that your stressed that your routine should help and not stress you. Excellent point. Looking forward to the next OOTK post.

  5. Phyllis says:

    Jessica: these bars look delicious. I have one question: what are flax eggs? Can you regular organic large eggs? Thank you for all your blogs, very interesting and inspiring!

  6. Brigittebeans says:

    …I thought I’d like to make these nut-free so my daughter could take them to school, so I just replaced the nut milk with (…wait for it…) *almond* milk. What a dolt. It’s Mummy-Brain, for sure. Oh well! We’ve really enjoyed these! I use a product called Egg Repalcer by an Australian company called Orgran, and it’s great. So versatile. I’ve been chucking in tons of wholesome add-ins: hemp, crushed nuts, chopped dried fruit, chia, protein powder, banana chips… I even added some stale biscuits that I broke up, because, why not? Thanks for a truly inspirational and unique recipe! …I’m only just dying that I can’t get Silk here in Sweden! I used to guzzle the stuff, and they’ve come up with so many interesting kinds since I’ve left!

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Brigittebeans,

      Oh gosh haha!! I hope she gets to try these one day too! I totally love your additions so much and your changes too! So glad you enjoyed and thanks for sharing with me!!

  7. Wendy says:

    These bars sound wonderful. I was wondering what would the measurement be for oat flour as opposed to grinding oats?

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Hi Wendy! its pretty one to one in equivalency. So you can just use one and a half cups of oat flour for this recipe. I hope this helps and thank you so much for reading!

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