Ok, we all know that coffee is the quickest way to wake up your sleepy head, right? And those of us that needed a reason to keep drinking it, in moderation of course, can now claim all these health benefits:
- Increased alertness
- One of top 5 foods highest in antioxidants
- Better physical performance
- Aids in preventing and treating many disease including Type 2 Diabetes, Alzheimer’s, Parkinsons and Heart disease/stroke
- Helps protect the liver from cirrhosis and possibly even cancer
- Contains many micronutrients including Riboflavin, Potassium and Magnesium
But what if you could take all of these and amp it up to the next level. What if your cup of coffee could also:
- Improve skin elasticity and help hair grow healthfully
- Help heal leaky gut
- Help balance hormones
- Heal joint pain
Before doing a couple of rounds of the Whole30 eating plan, I had to have sugar in my espresso or at least a little cream. With both of these being no-no’s on Whole30, I had to find an alternative. We tried frothing coconut and almond milk to make our weekend lattes but couldn’t find the best ratio to make it both taste good and froth well.
In between my rounds of Whole30, my sister was in town and she had hopped on the coconut oil in the coffee train so she made it for me. I was astounded at how good it was.
I decided to put all of this together and see what would happen. I was very happily surprised to find out that the Collagen Peptides along with coconut oil blended into my coffee and made a creamy concoction that tasted like a very good latte.
The best part about it was that I found out that the ROCK carries all the ingredients necessary!
The Collagen Peptides recommended by Katie at Wellness Mama, good virgin Coconut Oil by Plant Therapy and Buon Giorno, a locally roasted coffee (both decaf and regular) so I could make a coffee that I could feel good about both physically and socially since I love supporting local businesses.
As for the recipe, this is going to be more like a grandma recipe. You know a little of this, a little of that with no set amounts.
The reason for this is, I make basically what coffee people call an Americano - two shots of espresso with almost equal the amount of hot water – rather than coffee.
I end up with a small cup of coffee that’s 5-6 oz or what any caffeine table will tell you is a regular serving. (I took the photo in a clear juice class so you can see how frothy it gets. It’s pretty, huh??)
If you are one of those that think you are not drinking coffee if it isn’t in the biggest mug your hands can hold (I’m totally not judging…my mom drinks about 4 of these a day (decaf thankfully)…I’m just saying for comparison’s sake.) then you’re going to love this!
You are getting good fat and protein when you drink both the coconut oil and the collagen, so if you’re the type that isn’t hungry in the morning but you still want to jump start your metabolism, drink a big mug of coffee (most are around 16 oz) and use 1 tbsp of coconut oil and 2 scoops of collagen. Voila! Breakfast in a cup. Have a few berries and veggie sticks later in the morning to give you some raw foods and you are set til lunch.
Here’s my pseudo recipe:
Step 1: 2 shots of Espresso
Step 2: Add water in just about an equal amount
Step 3: 1 tsp of coconut oil
Step 4: 1 scoop of collagen
Step 5: Blend all the ingredients in a blender (Magic Bullet / Nutribullet)
Step 6: Serve!
* Want it flavored? add in a little cinnamon or vanilla
**Want it sweeter? Add a little local honey
*** Want a mocha? Try cocoa (or raw cacao) powder, honey and vanilla. I would love feedback from anyone who does try this.