By Danielle Walsh, Bon Appétit
Welcome to My Morning Routine, where we take a look at how people kick-start the day. And by "people" we mean celebrities.
After she spent most of February walking in Fall/Winter 2013 Fashion Week shows for Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta, Michael Kors, and Anna Sui, you'd think bombshell model Karlie Kloss would take a breather. But she's hard at work again, appearing on (and promoting) the cover of the brand-spanking-new food and fashion magazine for women, Cherry Bombe. (It comes out in May.) We caught up with the busy supermodel to talk about her almond milk lattes, her purse full of cookies, and what kind of breakfast she makes when she actually does take a break and can sleep in.
The thing about my day job is that it's always different. In the last week, I've been in four different countries and four different time zones. But that's the fun of my job. Today I had an easy day, I got to sleep in. But if I have to work at 7 a.m., I wake up at 6:15, jump in the shower, throw on some clothes, grab a shake, and run out the door. I'm usually late everywhere I go, which is a habit I'm trying to change. If I'm sleeping in my own bed in New York, I love to make just really yummy, clean, boring protein shakes with chocolate protein powder, almond milk, and banana or blackberries.
There's a little coffee shop near my house in the West Village, Mojo Coffee, that I love. So even when I'm running out the door on my way to work I always make time to stop at this little coffee shop on the corner because they make a mean almond milk cappuccino, and it's not easy to do.
I never know if the catering on set is going to be absolutely awful, so I always have something in my bag. Right now, my Chanel bag is stocked with all sorts of goodies. I carry a picnic in my purse at all times, with things like hot chocolate packets and oatmeal packets--things you can just add hot water to on the go. And I like Kind granola bars, or an apple--I like to have little things that I can just eat. I'm the Queen of Snacks. All the other models always know that I'm good for a snack and especially for a cookie.
I always have Karlie's Kookies in my bag, especially at shows. It's a healthy cookie because it's vegan and it's made of almond flour, oats, dark chocolate chips, agave, and olive oil, so it's something you can indulge in and not feel too guilty about. They're the cookies I made with Christina Tosi from Milk bar. I love going over to the bakery and working with Christina--she always sends me home with a tub full of cookie dough for my fridge. I sneak a spoonful of that in the morning for sure, on my way out the door. Now we have two different cookies, the Perfect Ten, which is the original, and then there's the 5boro cookie, and they both donate money to an organization called FEED. You can buy them online too, and we're able to ship them internationally--worldwide domination, one cookie at a time.
But on days I don't have to work, I like to sleep in. I like to make a shake, go to the gym, then have breakfast around 2--I'm all about breakfast, it's my favorite meal of the day. Mainly because there's so many yummy sweet options like cereals, yogurts, pancakes, and crepes. Egg whites are also a staple for me--they're a great source of protein and I can always have them no matter where in the world I'm working. I love my egg whites swimming in Cholula hot sauce or ketchup.
That's another fun thing about my job--I get to travel so I get to try all sorts of different breakfast options all over the world. I'm in Paris right now, so--I'm gonna make you jealous--I had the most delicious chocolate croissant from this famous Parisian bakery called Angelina's. I like to have fruit in the morning, too, and in Italy, they had the most delicious mangoes, even apples, grapes. I don't know if it's because they don't use pesticides or if they don't use chemicals, but the fruit in Europe is delicious.
I'm a big fan of chocolatey things, chocolate in general, any form of chocolate. So If I can incorporate chocolate in my first meal of the day, I'll do it. Like chocolate chip pancakes. I like things that taste kind of like candy and are supposedly healthy--like chocolate protein bars--but in reality they're probably not very healthy, but I feel like it's slightly better than a candy bar.
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