The Healthy Trader Joe’s Staple This Philly Food Blogger Can’t Live Without

Welcome to our monthly series, the Wellness Confessional. Every month, we ask one of Philly’s wellness rockstars to dish on everything from their morning routine to their can’t-live-without fridge staples. This time around, Erin Morrissey of Erin Lives Whole (if you haven’t scoured her website for healthy recipes, you are missing out) spills on the surprisingly affordable almond butter she’s always got in her fridge, why she always sits down to eat, and more.

The first three things I do when I wake up are …

Check email—a habit I need to stop; change into my gym clothes; and head out the door to work out. I’m up and out within five minutes every single morning—any longer and I’m distracted!

Morning workouts or evening workouts?

Morning, always and forever. Something about having my workouts accomplished by 8 a.m. every day helps put me in the best mindset and leaves me super energized and ready to take on the day. I used to work out after class or work but would sit there all day dreading it so I switched to mornings and will never look back! Cardio caffeine, baby!

The one item in my gym bag I can’t survive without is …

My hairbands. I buy the cheap ones from CVS and go through a pack a month (where do those little guys go?). But with the amount of hair I have, it’s a non-negotiable.

My go-to post-workout products are …

Frank + Whit Face Serum to put on my face after a shower; it makes it incredibly soft and rejuvenates me after a sweaty workout. I’m also loving Primally Pure natural deodorant. It is the only natural deodorant I’ve found that works and I’ve been using for a while now!

The three items I always have in my fridge are …

1. Trader Joe’s Almond Butter. This is hands-down best nut butter, ever. Salty, creamy and the only ingredients are almonds and salt, plus it literally goes well on everything—trust me.
2. Tempeh. This is my favorite protein to cook with. I’m not a vegetarian or vegan, but I eat tempeh in a different form around four or five nights a week. It’s like tofu in the fact that it takes on the flavors around it, but it’s nuttier and has a heartier texture than tofu! I like to use it in tacos, stir frys, marinated and cubed, the list is endless!
3. Non-dairy coffee creamer. My current fave is Califia Farms Coconut Cream & Almond Milk. When I’m not going to a coffee shop to work, I make my own coffee and am obsessed with trying different non-dairy creamers. I find these creamers even more creamy and delicious than regular dairy creamer.

An indispensable part of my wellness routine that has nothing to do with fitness is …

Not eating my meals on the go. I always make time to eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner sitting down at a table or somewhere quiet. I understand people have busy lives, but I really believe in the power of enjoying your food and not rushing to eat it. It’s helped me become more mindful and present of the food I’m enjoying. It also can be done in 10 minutes.

My go-to motivational mantra for tough workouts and tough days is …

“It might be raining now but it can’t rain forever.” I use this one all the time to help me get through tough times and remember that if I keep pushing through, there will a light on the other side.

The best wellness discovery I’ve made in Philadelphia is …

The rebounder (trampoline) classes at Freehouse Fitness. They are literally a blast, and you literally get to jump on a trampoline … and you leave sweaty as heck!

My ideal treat yo’self day in Philly would include …

I would wake up, head to a Flywheel class (quick, sweaty, and pumps me UP!), then I’d go home and make myself some delicious breakfast. It would probably be avocado toast with a poached egg. I would then head to one of my favorite coffee shops, like Function Coffee Labs or Rally, before shopping around Rittenhouse Square for a little. Dining al fresco at Parc would be next, with a cocktail for a late afternoon lunch, because #selfcare. I’d follow that up by treating myself to a massage at Source Bodywork and then reading a good book in the park.

The best piece of wellness advice I’ve ever received is …

You don’t need to do anything you don’t want to just because you saw other people doing it. I used to think because everyone was doing expensive workout classes, buying expensive workout clothes, eating only healthy foods, that I needed to do that too. It’s a lie. Instead, find out what works for you and ROCK THAT! I’m loud and proud about what I’ve found that works for me, but everyone should have their own things that make them feel good.


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