Here's What the Founder of Box + Flow Eats in a Day to Look (and Feel) Amazing

Liv Young may be a workout mogul (she founded New York City’s first boxing and yoga studio, Box + Flow), but that doesn’t mean she deprives herself of sweets or cocktails. Here’s how the PureWow 100 honoree fuels her body with 4 a.m. wakeups, oat milk lattes and the occasional pre-workout Negroni. 

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4:00 A.m.

“This is usually when I wake up—5 a.m. if I'm lucky. I spring out of bed to pop on the Nespresso machine, and as the coffee starts foaming, I take some Picnik coffee creamer, eyeball a tablespoon and pour it in. If you add it while the coffee is spouting, it just gets foamier. I have my hot coffee, an apple and usually a baby sweet potato as well. I’m into sweet potatoes for breakfast. They’re about palm-sized, and I pop them in the microwave for 90 seconds, slice them open and top them with a spoonful of coconut oil, a spritz of coconut amino acids and some seasonings. My toppings change daily though. If I’m going to eat, I’m going to enjoy, so I like to keep it interesting, even at 4:30 in the morning.”

6 A.m.

“Depending on the day, I’m out the door by 6 a.m. to sweat for myself before I teach at Box + Flow. Sneakers on, layers zipped up and ready for action, I typically run a few miles to a yoga class, boxing session or training lab. Workout done, I head to the studio to teach. After I finish teaching (and potentially grab a yoga class if I didn't practice earlier), I can chill. I get coffee at La Colombe or Birch—always an oat au lait (coffee with steamed oat milk), and hopefully a sprinkle of cinnamon on top. I know water should be my go-to, but I gravitate toward flavor, and am really digging the watermelon synergy kombucha lately. Its tanginess offsets the acidic coffee.” 

woman holding a smoothie

10 A.m.

“There’s a fruit cart on my way home after coffee, and the man there sells me very sweet dates, three for $1. It’s a great sugar kick to give me some glucose after so much morning action. I snack on those as I plow into Trader Joe’s to get provisions for the week. Then I head home to make my late morning smoothie. My recipe varies every day, as does my protein powder of choice. My favorite is Amazing Grass Peanut Butter protein, often with a banana, orange zest, fresh ginger, coconut milk, cinnamon, spinach and vanilla extract. Sometimes I add in Dutch cocoa powder (I only use Droste). It’s amazing what you can do with different fruits, vegetables and a Vitamix.”

2 P.m.

“After my smoothie, I do some work, take a quick shower, change and head out to meetings for the day. That often means a late lunch at Lafayette, where I’ll share a roast chicken salad, or Atla, where I’ll get the spicy chicken soup. If I don’t have a lunch meeting booked and I’m running around, I love on-the-go snacks. Dr. Smood's $7 eggplant jerky is a total rip-off, but it’s worth every bite. (I do not share.) I also love turkey jerky, or my friend Jordan's Three Jerks Jerky. I’m also always drinking sparkling water—Hal's black cherry is a favorite. And as disciplined as I am, there are always days when my sugar cravings win, so if there’s a corner store in arm's reach that carries banana Laffy Taffy, I cave. (I only have one or two, though.) Even better, if See's Candy is in the vicinity, I stop in to see my friends behind the counter and score a lollipop. They text me when the new flavors come in, so I guess you could say I’m a regular.”

5 P.m.

“It’s happy hour—and time to make a new playlist before I teach an evening class. Start-up life means cheap cocktails and free Wi-Fi are important. I’m grateful I have friends behind bars who know what I like at this point. I’ll go to Lafayette for the Bourbon Old Fashioned or Burger & Barrel for the Mezcal Negroni. And no, it’s not rare that I pregame before a packed class. Teaching for me is like a personal dance party—a cocktail of my choosing and music I’ve picked. My party, my rules. A sweaty 6:30 class leaves me with all the feels, including hunger.”

7:30 P.m.

“This is actually late for me, considering I’ve been up since 4 a.m. Sometimes I’ll grab a bite with people from class, or I’ll order in Seamless or whip up something quick at home. A few of my favorites are the cheeseburger at JG Melon with American cheese, no bun, extra ketchup and a side salad or, at Jack’s Wife Freda, I’ll split the matzah ball soup or beet dip and a chicken dish. If I’m making dinner at home, it’s with my main squeeze: Sardines. I’m a firm believer in canned fish. I love Bela-Olhao sardines in chili oil served over sautéed curry ginger cauliflower rice with crispy kale, cracked pepper and lemon zest. I use the oil from the can to make a vinaigrette with lemon juice and creamy Dijon mustard. I’ll drink more sparkling water and have half of a CBD gummy before bed. A day well spent and well fed.” 

sarah stiefvater

Wellness Director

Sarah Stiefvater is PureWow's Wellness Director. She's been at PureWow for ten years, and in that time has written and edited stories across all categories, but currently focuses...