Many of my clients are surprised to hear that my mornings almost always include a small cup of organic espresso coffee (yum)! I love the whole ritual—the smell of the freshly ground beans, the warm mug to clutch, the little boost of energy it provides, and yes—I even love the taste!
Sometimes I add a bit of MCT oil, maybe a dash or two of cinnamon—but beyond this, there is a not-so-secret ingredient I like to add. It makes for a fantastic taste, a creamy mouthfeel, and an impressive list of health benefits: Further Food Collagen Peptides! This grass-fed, pasture-raised premium collagen offers a variety of flavors to choose from and uses real food ingredients only—so none of that added filler or preservative junk, ever. And you can use my discount code ELISSA for 15% off your first purchase for new customers!
Let’s talk about the benefits of collagen, and what makes it such a great pairing with coffee.
Health benefits of collagen
If you have been following me for some time, you’ve likely heard me talk about collagen’s starring role in our overall health. It is the most abundant protein in the human body and is the “glue” our bodies use to form the connective tissue that makes up skin, blood vessels, intestinal walls, muscles, bones, and beyond. When we’re young, our bodies are amazingly efficient at producing collagen independently. However, as we age (and even while we’re still “young”—starting in our 20s), collagen production slows down. Hence, we experience joint stiffness, sagging and thinning skin, and brittle bones. Since incorporating collagen into my life, I have noticed differences like improved skin elasticity, thicker hair, stronger nails, and more mobile joints!
Why collagen and coffee make a power couple
So we know supplementing collagen is an excellent way to improve our health and overall vitality, but there are a few reasons I prefer to do so by adding it to my coffee—and why I encourage my clients to do the same.
Most of us can agree that how we start our day sets the tone for our minds and bodies. When you get to that early morning workout or set aside that extra time for meditation—you feel the difference, right? The same goes for nutrition. Adding a scoop of collagen to your coffee adds around eight grams of protein to your morning. That might not sound like much, but that is more protein than some foods that are considered great protein sources (a serving of nuts or yogurt, even an egg), and we’re talking just in your morning coffee. Consuming higher protein levels in the morning versus the evening increases satiety, aids in blood sugar regulation, and promotes greater muscle growth!
So why not just take it in a shake or add collagen to a smoothie? While there is nothing wrong with doing so, there is another reason to add it to your coffee instead. Drinking collagen protein in coffee can counteract the adverse effects of coffee, such as jitters or that midday dip in energy. Morning protein consumption raises tyrosine levels in the brain, making you feel more awake and alert while reducing stress levels. Adding that protein is especially important for those of you who drink coffee on an empty stomach. The extra nourishment can help prevent your brain and body from going into fight or flight mode—something we surely want to avoid first thing in the morning!
Why Further Food Collagen is my coffee additive of choice
I encourage you to try Further Food Collagen Peptides in your morning joe due to their high-quality powders, the added benefit of superfood mushrooms, and their delicious flavor options, including chocolate, vanilla, and hazelnut. I personally LOVE the Chocolate Collagen Peptides Plus Reishi Mushroom. Referred to as the “mushroom of immortality,” reishi is thought to promote longevity and liver health—and has long been a favorite of mine. Just one scoop makes my coffee creamy, flavorful, and protein-packed, making for a nutritionist-approved mocha every morning.
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