I am a BIG creature of habit which means I have to create rituals that I can keep up with at home or on the road. As many of you already know my morning ritual consists of a detox drink, stretching and a protein, collagen and fat packed coffee that helps by gut feel fab and ready to take on the day, but what you may not know is instead of reaching for the 3 ‘o clock coffee fix, I turn to Matcha Green Tea and golden milk in the evening to help get me ready for bed.
Each drink is packed with tons of health benefits and a whopping 18 grams of protein from Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides. I started drinking collagen, butter and oil in my coffee for a little over two years, and guess what? I actually have less belly fat then ever before. We all know that consuming a healthy well-balanced diet, genetics and hormones play a huge part into the amount of fat we carry in our bodies; however, consuming fat does not make you fat if you are having the right kind and in moderation.
Today, I wanted to share my recipes for 3 protein/collagen creations you can make at home! It is cheaper than hitting the coffee shop and every bit as delicious. Just grab a NutriBullet or an easy to clean blender and you will have comforting and cozy concoctions to get you through the year.
Morning Coffee Kick-Starter
The coffee is great way to increase energy and kick your brain-fog to the curb! You can add a bit of MCT oil and grass fed butter. Grass fed butter is higher in Omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin K2 compared to butter from grain-fed cows. Adding the unsalted butter froths this drink into a creamy latte. You can also add coconut creamer instead of the butter. MCT’s are the medium chain triglycerides from coconut oil which essentially is the pure energy source.
Lastly, by adding Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides you are working to improve hair, skin, nails and joints, ligaments, tendons. If you are not a coffee drinker you can add all of the ingredients to earl grey or green tea.
1 C Black Coffee
1-2 Scoops Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
1/2-1 Tbsp Unsalted Grass Fed Butter
1 Tbso MCT Oil
Combine coffee, collagen peptides, butter and MCT oil in your NutriBullet and blend until frothy. Pour into your favorite mug and sprinkle with cinnamon. Take a few minutes to enjoy at home and inhale the cinnamon with every sip!
Afternoon Matcha Delight
Matcha is so hot right now, but really it has been used for thousands of years in the far east and is now considered one of the worlds most powerful superfoods. Why? Because it is loaded with antioxidants including EGCg which is widely known for its cancer fighting properties and Matcha Green Tea contains 100 times more EGCg than any other tea on the market. Matcha Green Tea also is said to enhance calmness, boost your immune system, memory and concentration. MGT also burns calories, increases your energy and detoxify’s the body. In this recipe I do use Matcha Green Tea Powder. So although, I usually do not recommend added sugar a little all-natural sweetener like Stevia, maple syrup or honey would be great to balance the flavor. The Collagen Peptides dissolve and are flavorless so they are the perfect addition to any beverage.
1 C Coconut, Cashew or other non-dairy milk.
1/2 tsp Matcha Green Tea Powder
1-2 Scoops of Vital Protein Collagen Peptides
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp all-natural sweetener (honey is my favorite)
Warm milk in the microwave. Add warmed milk, MGT powder, cinnamon and sweetener to blender or NutriBullet. Blend until frothy and enjoy!
Sleepy Time Golden Milk
Turmeric is another lovely cancer fighting superfood that I use in everything from smoothies and stir-frys to Golden Milk. Turmeric packs tons of antioxidant power with a compound called curcumin leading the free-radical charge. Curcumin is absorbed and utilized in the body with a little help from black pepper. So although it may be a bit weird, you barely taste it. Curcumin lowers your risk for brain disease, heart disease and may be useful in preventing and treating alzheimers. This healing tonic is one that can be made by creating a turmeric paste and keeping it in the refrigerator or making it in single servings.
1 C Non-Dairy Milk (I like coconut or cashew)
1-2 Scoops of Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
1 Cup of Water
1/2 C Turmeric Powder
1 Inch of Fresh Grated Ginger
1 Tbsp of Cinnamon
2 tsp. of Ground Black Pepper
2 Tbsp of Organic Coconut Oil
Optional: 1 tsp Cardamom
Bring water to a boil and add grated ginger, cinnamon, black pepper, organic coconut oil and cardamom. Turn to medium low head and whip until a paste begins to form. About 3-4 minutes. If paste seems too thick add a little bit more water. When paste is formed and smooth add it to clean jars and store in the refrigerator.
Golden Milk Directions:
Warm milk and blend with collagen peptides, honey and 1 heaping teaspoon of golden milk paste. Top with cinnamon and enjoy!