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Our New Morning Routine

March 16, 2014


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Whoa! We always feel bizarre whenever we shoot a video at home. We used to do it so often, but then we moved over to the studio when we realized that our film life/personal life balance became overrun. But shooting back in our home now gave us a bit of a nostalgic feel. And without makeup! And without showering! Without proper mics, also! Not even with good lighting! I feel like a newbie again!

Anyhow, we wanted to share what our morning routine was like. I don’t like using the phrase “New Year’s Resolution” often, because those are always destined for failure, from my experience, but our resolve to be more active definitely started in 2014. When we were in Canada and didn’t have much to do, we went to the gym all the time. And we loved it! We wanted to bring that back with us to Korea and to exercise more regularly than before. We’re doing that here as well, even though the gyms here are a lot less equipped than what we’re used to, but – still – we’re using it more than before.

Also, our morning routine has changed a lot since our Day in a Life video. Our breakfasts now have changed quite a bit. I know people say that you should eat a big breakfast because it’s better for you, and you eat less throughout the day as a result, such and such, but we don’t really do that. Since we work out in the morning, we find that eating a lot for breakfast really makes us more sluggish in the gym. So we just eat powerballs and protein shakes and coffee and juice, really. Once we’re in the studio is when we eat a bigger meal.

One of the things we cut out in the video is my ramble about the importance of water. That’s really the first thing I do in the morning. Wake up, go right to the fridge and down a big glass of water. I’ve read so often lately about the importance of hydration, and about how drinking more water makes you sharper during the day and less piggy-ish when you’re eating. Having water right away in the morning gets your brain juices flowing and your metabolism firing, so…I do it.

Afterwards is when the preparations for Martina’s awakening take place. Another thing you didn’t see in the video is that I’ll make the coffee, and then pour a mug for Martina, and I’ll wake her up by going over to her sleeping in bed and blowing the coffee aromas at her and trying to wake her up that way. Go ahead and puke rainbows! I’m a caring husband! Mornings are really difficult for Martina, not because she’s a lazy fartsucker, but because sleeping is really painful if you have EDS like she does. She wakes up a lot more when she sleeps than most people because she has to relocate her joints, so she’s never really had a full-night’s sleep. I’ll do what I can to make her mornings as easy as possible. Coffee helps transition into her awakening :D

The Powerballs we make are lovely and we highly recommend you give them a shot. Here’s our recipe for them


First put the coconut in the oven to toast, then do all the other mixing.  But don’t forget about it and burn it like I always do.

– 2 cups old fashioned Gluten Free Oats
– 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
– 1/2 cup chia seeds
– 1 cup slivered almonds
(or Instead of a full cup of almonds, add half almonds, half protein powder)
– 2 Tbs goji berries
– 1/4 cup Cacao Nibs
– 1 1/2 cup toasted coconut flakes

In a giant bowl, mix all that dry good stuff together. Once it’s all evenly distributed:

Blend In:
– 1/2 cup honey
– 1 1/2 cup peanut butter
You can use other butters instead, like almond butter, peanut/pecan butter, etc

Mix the dry stuff with the honey and butter until the whole thing is solid enough to make a ball that won’t fall apart. You might find that the mixture’s too dry, in which case we just add some more honey until it becomes more solid.

– Handful of raw sunflower seeds
– Handful of green pumpkin seeds
– Handful of chocolate chips

We usually put these three into one of those Magic Bullet thingies and grind them up into a powder. We use this to coat the balls.

That’s it! The chocolate chips are on the outside rather than mixed in, so that the first thing you taste is a bit of sweetness.

The powerballs are very dense and require a lot of chewing. They’re delicious, but they don’t dissolve in your mouth like junk food. We wash down each bite with some coffee. We also take these to the studio with us so we can have a quick snack from time to time.

Yeah! So that’s our Powerball recipe. They’re great. Hope you like them as well!

Anyhow, we also make different juices in the morning, as you can see. They’re mostly mixtures of Spinach and lemon with different additions, most of the time apple and ginger, though we oftentimes use oranges and carrots as well. We use a Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer and we really love it. We wanted a juicer that could juice green stuff, like spinach, and we didn’t realize that not all juicers can do that. So if you’re interested in juicing greens, this is the juicer for you.

A while ago, Martina went to this health food class in Toronto in which she learned about the Spinach/Lemon/Apple combo, but – back then – it was done in a blender. Meaning, you ate as much as you drank. We did that for a while, and if you don’t have a juicer putting that all into a blender with a bunch of ice water makes for a healthy drink as well, it just wasn’t…great. We just prefer something easier to drink that doesn’t fill us up as much as the bodies of lemon, apple and spinach do, you know? Though, we sometimes take some of the spinach pulp from our juicer and mix it in with our juices if we feel we aren’t getting enough fibre. Not all the time. We’re torn. Let us know what you think!

EDIT: Martina here! I wanted to add that I found a recipe online for taking the veggie pulp and making flaxseed veggie crackers! I’ll let you know how it is once I do it! I already used our juicer to make homemade tofu and soy milk!!! Amazing right?!!

Another thing I know some people might get confused by: our coffee is a French Press, but we call it a Bodum. That’s like calling a tissue a Kleenex. You can use any French Press you want, of course, but we like using the Bodum. We’ve used other ones before and we find that the metal warps over time, and then you get coffee grains floating in your coffee after a while. We haven’t had that issue with the Bodum. We still hate cleaning it, though. Getting rid of the grinds you can only do with water, but I don’t want to dump all the grinds down the sink, so we have to go to the bathroom, fill the bodum with water, and then toss the water with the grinds down the toilet. It’s the only dish we have that can’t be washed in the kitchen. Blarrrggg!

Lastly, we didn’t share our workout routine because that wouldn’t really make for a good video. We see on the front page of Instagram all the time these videos of superbuff people with giant boobs doing these insane workouts with smiles on their faces. We’re not that fit. Working out for us is gruelling with lots of sweat and not enough air to breathe in to form sentences. We don’t do Crossfit; if we did, you’d hear us talk about it all the time ;) But I started getting into running, and run 3-6 miles per run, 4-5 times a week. I’m not by any means fast. I’m sweaty and sore most of the time, but I’m doing my best to get good at running.

So that’s it for our morning routines! Hope you weren’t too bored with this little slice of our lives. You see us most of the time going out and playing around in Korea, but you never really see what we do for the first couple of hours of our days. Hope you found it somewhat interesting, and you can see a bit more of what makes us tick :D

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  1. Omg, where can I get a honey senpai mug?!

    6 years ago
  2. I’m a bit late on this but I’m a new fan and so in love with you both (specially because I move to Korea in 3 weeks! gah!). How many power balls do you each eat?

    6 years ago
    • Also what items are super hard to come by in korea? So i know what to bring with me and what to buy there. TY!

      6 years ago
  3. Holy Smokes! the power balls are indeed delicious! I told my mom about them and we decided to make them together. and she totally love them aswell! thank you!

    6 years ago
  4. Haahaha, I just had the same reaction. Looking at Breville juicers on Amazon instead. $100-$150 seems much more reasonable to me!

    6 years ago
  5. Martina – would you consider showing us some of your fun new recipes (especially the cauliflower pizza crust!) in your cooking segments? I know it’s not really Korean culture related…but I’m curious :3

    6 years ago
  6. HURRY CLEAN THE KITCHEN DON’T LET THEM SEE HOW SLOPPY WE ARE OH GOD! <– That is so my Mom whenever we're having company come over haha! Also, Martina, my friend brought to my attention that we're very close in age and I must say it's awesome to see someone else my age still sleep with plushies. I'm not alone! YAY! :D Yay for being big kids! :D

    I don't really have a 'morning routine' as much as an 'afternoon routine'; Yay for working the night shift with hours well into midnight! XD I usually get up literally an hour before I have to be out the door, shower and all that good bathroom stuff, dress and get ready for the day and grab a protein bar, vitamins and bottle of water to eat before work, grab a Slim Fast shake for lunch and leave for work. On weekends, I usually get up and get online right away haha!

    I have more of a 'routine' when I get home though; I usually grab some super late dinner, check stuff online, workout, wash up and then sleep. XD

    I totally agree with your views on working out! I started working out a week ago and I've noticed I've been so much more energized! Even at work, when I'm usually really tired and not wanting to work, I feel so energized and ready to go. Eating healthier helps a lot too! That's why I've taken to protein bars and vitamins before work, slim fast shakes at lunch and a healthy dinner when I get home. And tons of water. It gets so hot at work, so I down 8 bottles easily. XD I also usually wait an hour or two after dinner before I work out and it feels good! I'm already full on adrenaline from work, so coming home, I'm ready to go! Eating fruit when you get hungry between meals really helps too. Strawberries and green apples always kill my desire for something sweet. :)

    I really want to get a juicer now! I'll have to look into the one you guys have and give it a go. :)

    6 years ago
  7. I’m relieved to know I’m not the only one who wakes up early and works out in the morning. I’m actually not a morning person AT ALL, but two years ago, I promised my best friend that we’d get fit together, and to this day that promise is kept…Except during winter. Neither of us like working out when it’s cold outside. We also don’t do it on weekends. I have about a week or two left before I get to say bye bye to waking up late and not working out. orz;;

    I get up at 8 during spring and fall, and 5 in summertime. I usually have almond milk, homemade oatmeal with strawberries and blueberries (and other fruits), and of course water! If I feel like putting in the effort, I’ll make blueberry oatmeal pancakes. After breakfast I drive to my friend’s house and wake her up. Then, I workout for about 4 hours–yes, 4! Nothing is too intense, however, so I’m no WWE wrestler. x3 I lift weights for 30 minutes while walking on a treadmill, then 30 minutes again without the weights, then I usually play tennis with my friend for the remaining time OR go swimming. Then, it’s shower time and we leave to get a big lunch and cry over Attack on Titan.

    By the way, that recipe sounds delicious!! I’m gonna try it on my first day of spring workout. u<

    Oh! One more thing, your house is adorable! It's modern and so cute and purdy. All the furniture looks so adorable; it fits you two a lot! ouo Two adorable people living an adorable life. <3

    6 years ago
  8. Hi Simon&Martina!
    I have a question for your open the happy: Do you guys watch any other vlogs? If so what do you recommend? :)

    Btw, you guys are the cutest couple I know, your relationship is so amazing and inspiring! <3 It is so much fun to watch you have fun together ^^

    6 years ago
  9. Sorry if this info is already here…I didn’t read all the comments. This kind of juicer, called a masticating juicer, is also meant to be used for juicing greens, such as wheat grass or spinach: http://www.omegajuicers.com/juicers/juicer-8004.html It will also do carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, and many other things. It’s still a bit pricey, but not as much as the Kuvings. And no, I don’t work for them nor am I in any way associated with them. I’m just passing along information. :)
    Anyway, those Powerballs sound delish and I’m going to write down that recipe and try them. Thanks for sharing that! Keep up the good work, guise!

    6 years ago
  10. I live out in Sejong and I was wondering where you buy your ingredients for your powerballs? because I would like to start making them!

    6 years ago
  11. Just thought I’d mention, I made the powerballs today! Well, they weren’t quite power ‘balls’, as I couldn’t get the consistency quite right (didn’t wanna add too much honey as I don’t want to be able to taste it… not a massive fan of honey, though I do use it a lot in baking). Anyways, I made mine kinda into a giant flapjack type thing, threw it in the fridge and will hopefully be able to cut it up into bite-size pieces in the morning ^_^
    Taste test wise, I actually think it’s really yummy, I don’t really like many of the ingredients in it, but somehow they all work together! Yum!
    Much love x
    p.s. My consistency issue might be due to the fact I subbed cacao butter (can’t have peanuts and didn’t have anything else to hand), plus I popped it all in a food processor!

    6 years ago
  12. Shock! No espresso machine?

    Last time we were in Japan we brought back a boiler. Most people we know there seem to have ditched kettles in favour of boilers as they hold the water temperature (saves energy) and always available. Ours cost nearly nothing but can be set to a specific coffee orientated temperature. Aren’t these things popular in Korea too? I’d have thought EYK studios must have one.

    Our kettle is now retired as it was competing for space with the IH Rice Maker.

    6 years ago
    • Yeah but your office is awesome. I’d expect no less or they’d be a mutiny (pirate ninja style of course).

      6 years ago
  13. hiya guys! it’s really cool to see you being so healthy nowadays! very inspiring!! Also Martina, I feel your pain, i also have something which causes me to wake up many times a night and so i never ever get a full night’s sleep… *sigh* I’m terribly jealous that you don’t seem to have perma-bags under your eyes like i do…… *grumbles* … i can only hope to ever be able to find a guy as sweet and devoted as Simon!!! about the juicing though, it *is* healthier to drink smooties, as you are losing a lot of the vitamins and fibers when you juice instead, but honestly, if you can’t handle the texture, juicing is still better than nothing at all!

    6 years ago
  14. Yay! I’m so happy that you use the Iron Man and Honey-sempai mugs that I sent last year!!!

    6 years ago
  15. you guys rock :)

    6 years ago
  16. Hey, just thought you guys should know that the juicer you use is a masticating, instead of a centrifugal (which has that spinning basket of death) Just you thought I would share since masticating is so close to another word…

    Also just thought you might want to know that you are DRINKING CYANIDE! SInce you juice the whole apple you are juicing the seeds, which contain trace amounts of cyanide. In fact, apple juice you buy in stores juice the seeds, and contain higher amounts of cyanide than what is considered safe for bottled water. But the good news is that it isn’t much… I mean, you haven’t died yet.

    6 years ago
    • I was half joking about the actual toxicity of the amount of cyanide in seeds. It’s in there to make the seeds poisonous but mostly unpleasant tasting, so animals don’t chew the seeds up, and pass it through their system. I still think it is worth noting, if it takes 5 seconds, why not just chop around the seeds before juicing? Especially if you are going on a detox cleanse (which Simon and Martina are doing in the video)

      6 years ago
  17. Dude that sink pedal is so cool. I need one of those.

    6 years ago
  18. alright, at last i have evidence that martina likes [or at least has watched] Austin Powers!! OMG how many times have i watched those movies!? they’re pure GOOOOOOLLLLLLD member…. >.>

    6 years ago
  19. The world needs more thoughtful people like Simon. Good job!

    6 years ago
  20. I read martina’s edit in the nerdy voice she does. Hehhehe and please show us more health recipies!!!! If you can, can you pblish a recipe montly? Make it like a new wegment or something

    6 years ago
  21. How far into Archer are you? (I want to be able to talk about it with you guise but I don’t want to ruin anything.)

    6 years ago
  22. I want that too… cause, you know, what is life without coffee?

    6 years ago
  23. I love Archer and John Stewart, too! While recovering from wrist surgery (I broke my wrist when I slipped on some ice) I’ve been watching my Archer DVDs during the day and John Stewart (and the Colbert Report) at night.

    6 years ago
  24. Mori Senpai is DA BEST.

    We juice in the morning too at our house! We still use the blender (we just juice the wheatgrass cause we can’t throw it in the blender) because we like the FIBARRRRR

    Our juice usually consists of
    spinach/wheatgrass juice/some korean herb that grows out back
    green apple
    boiled veggie juice/water


    6 years ago
  25. Simon, you might want to be careful about too much running because it is bad on your heart, like it jiggles the cage and wears it down and can be very stressful on your heart… Also it is bad for your joints, and will tear easier the more impact you put on your knees. They suggest walking long distance, or hiking, as much better for you healthwise as well as burning more calories.

    Just make sure you have really good running shoes if you are not worried about your heart bouncing around but worried about your joints. As for the heart cage… There is no fixing that!

    And Martina I am very sorry to hear you have EDS and that it impacts your sleeping D: I have PTSD and traumatic nightmares each night, with the side effect of shivering/cold sweat plus my body gets all tense and then my limbs fall asleep and I wake up in the morning having to use one arm to move the other dead one… LOL! It is a lot more funny then painful, unless my neck twists in the night and I wake up all sore. They also say that for sleep pains you should not sleep on your belly (which is like my favorite way to do it sadly), because your back doesn’t get proper support… They say the best way is on your back or side!

    IDK I feel like you guys are my long distance pen pals and thus my friends so I wanted to let you know a few things <.< *crawls away embarrassed*

    6 years ago
    • Do you have a bicycle? They say that bicycles can be really good for workouts and better then running. Oh I really hope your knee turns out to be okay, but if I was you I’d stop running after the eight weeks and find a new work out routine.

      6 years ago
  26. I am really confused with the power balls…how do you put coconut into a toaster? And how do you get it out? I am missing something here…

    6 years ago
    • Oh no!! It is okay!! It is my bad!! I ended up getting a history lesson over the toaster oven from my friend…T,T

      6 years ago
    • toaster oven, I am thinking?

      6 years ago
      • I have no idea what a toaster oven is… (embarrassing) But I am going to say okie dokie!

        6 years ago
  27. Simon and Martina,

    Do you guys watch K-Drama … How about a top 10 or 20???
    I juice every morning … According to the nutrition expert who helps me with my diet … kale, apples, lemon and a pear should always be in your juice, but I like to vary a lot … Here are some of our favorite recipes

    (we make it for 4 people)

    1 bunch of kale

    4 apples
    1-2 pears
    1 Lemon
    This is the base of our juice, then we change everyday by adding
    6 oranges, OR 6 tangerines, OR 1 pineapple, OR water of 1 coconut, OR celery stalks (good for hangovers and as a liver cleanser), OR 1 cucumber (when its too hot outside) OR 2 beets, OR 4 Carrots, OR parsley stalks (to clean the urinary tract, once every two weeks), OR 2 passion fruits, OR I mix the above mentioned as I please …
    Good combinations are
    Beets with oranges and celery
    Oranges and carrots
    Apples with celery

    Hope you guys try it out
    Take care !!!

    (Bianca) Brazilian Nasty

    6 years ago
  28. I really love the power balls and want to try them at home! I was wondering, can I make them a little softer by grinding them or just adding more honey? My boyfriend has really bad issues with his teeth, and I want to give him something healthy but not as hard to chew (just something easy on his teeth). c:

    6 years ago
  29. What time do you guys typically go to bed/wake up?

    6 years ago

    6 years ago
  31. I was so psyched to find out you guys are so health oriented. My family and I do our best to be as healthy as we can and most of my family is gluten free now. I’m trying to switch to gluten free to, but it’s really hard for me, especially breakfast. I don’t have a very big appitite in the mornings and I have a hard time eating breakfast before I have to leave for school. You guys are gluten free to right? do you have any gluten free easy morning food suggestions? The power balls are gluten free right?

    6 years ago
  32. Martina what type of flowers are the flowers on your new tattoo? I wanted a flower like that but i dont remember the name…. o.o

    6 years ago
  33. oh, simon and martina, help!
    i just bought a coffee maker today :3
    but i need a coffee grinder too! i couldnt find any that were under like 100,000 won. T_T
    any recommendations?

    6 years ago
    • If you have a favorite coffee shop, sometimes they can do it for you, especially if you buy it from them. Just ask! :)

      6 years ago
    • I don’t know about korea, but some stores in america have coffee grinders in the store like you pick your coffee then grind it. it wont be as fresh but it will work till you can find something else.

      6 years ago
  34. I eat similar power balls things but ours had protein power so we call them protein balls! :p It’s very expensive but the Vitamix blender is amazing. Carrots, cucumbers, kale or spinach, blueberries, peaches, bananas, apples etc…it blends into a nice non lumpy or seedy liquid (without cutting anything before hand!). It’s amazing. A cheaper version is the Blendtec which is pretty good as well. I’m not sure if it’s true but I thought it was better to mix than juice because you lose nutrients without the ‘pulp’. So many conflicting stories!!! :p It’s great being able to have all these healthy things in one easy drink though isn’t it?! :)

    6 years ago
  35. As always a awesome video for a nice study break. I was wondering if you guys have ever though about adding a recipe tab at the top for the recipes you give us. Oh and how do you guys get North American T.V. in Korea.

    6 years ago
  36. Instantly made the power balls after watching this ….. O_O so goooooooooooooooooood, homemade energy drink and power balls is srsly the best combo to help me get through the last three weeks of school <3 Thanks guys awesome recipe !

    6 years ago
  37. Hey guys, I really enjoyed this video it’s kind of fun seeing ‘behind the scenes’. Anyway, one thing I had to mention, in your blog you say how you wake up and drink a glass of water that I’m assuming is chilled as you say that you go to the fridge. You shouldn’t be doing that! It needs to be room temperature, or even better, warm water with lemon juice. The cold water actually slows down your metabolism.

    6 years ago
    • Lemon juice in water has a lot of health benefits, but in the long term it can damage the enamel on your teeth. The best way is to drink it through a straw (you can buy glass straws) so the liquid bypasses your teeth.

      6 years ago
  38. Hey there! This was really interesting and makes me feel good about my routine too which isn’t too different. I’ve never really discussed mine with peeps so I’m glad to see that something similar to mine works for other people too. Unfortunately I’m a corporate IT wizard, so I have to save doing a real workout until after work, but I get a little half hour bodyweight workout in before breakfast AND IT TURNS MY BRAIN ON! Astounding! If I don’t, I work with the mental capacity of 3 1/2 amoebas until about midday. (Not good for fighting in the IT wars!)

    Do you guys tend to want to eat all the things at nighttime? I usually do bikram yoga or cardio at the gym after work, and it turns me into a ravenous pig, who craves utter utter filth.

    Thanks for sharing!

    6 years ago
  39. You guys watch Archer! (the lot of you just went up in my respect-o-meter again) I’ve been introducing it to everyone and their great aunt. Really enjoyed this video and will definitely try the powerball recipe soon, thank you!

    6 years ago
  40. Are the powerballs possible without the coconut? (As I hear a collective internet gasp) Because no matter how much I try it, I’ve never liked coconut and whenever I even detect it in anything I’m about to eat I lose my appetite. But the powerballs look really good and like an awesome idea.

    6 years ago
    • Me neither, is it the texture for you? Because I just don’t like the texture but can cook with coconut oil…

      6 years ago
      • Interesting. I’m the opposite, I don’t mind dessicated coconut etc but the smell of coconut oil, especially if its heated makes me want to hurl.

        6 years ago
      • I think it really is just the taste for me, because I’m not all too fond of coconut oil either, but I’ll still eat something with coconut oil. I just prefer something that doesn’t make my savory food taste, I dunno, so sweet? Coconutty? But I understand where you’re coming from with the texture thing, I have many foods I don’t like because of texture. First thing that comes to mind is mashed potatoes. I love potatoes otherwise, but they’re just too creamy for me and I always have to eat them with a bite of something else to have a more solid texture. Plus potatoes taste awesome in combos anyway :D

        6 years ago
        • D: that sounds awful, because peanuts are in a lot of places. I don’t know if it’s an intolerance because I don’t really mind the smell or having a piece mixed into something by accident, it’s just one of those things that I honestly don’t like the flavor of it, and I’m sure everybody has SOME food that they just don’t like and won’t ever like. But I am lactose intolerant so who knows what other food intolerances I could have XD

          6 years ago