Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides

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I get a lot of questions about collagen, its benefits and why I take it. It’s true: collagen has become very popular, in the last couple of years, and for good reason!

Collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies, and plays a big part in all of our connective tissues. It promotes healthier hair, skin and nails, supports bone and joint health, provides healing for our intestinal wall, improves quality of sleep and supports a healthy inflammatory response.

After bone and muscle growth peak (around age 20), collagen-production begins to decrease. It is because of this constant decrease that supplementation is important!

Skin

Over 70% of our skin is made up of collagen, and without it (and as it continues to decrease), our skin loses elasticity and firmness, and begins to create sagging skin and fine lines. Amino acids in collagen (like glycine) can assist in hydration and elasticity improvements, reducing wrinkles and dehydration.

Vital Proteins Recommendation: Beauty Collagen. VP’s Beauty Collagen’s come in different flavors (Strawberry Lemon is my fave), and contain even more essential beautifying essentials, like hyaluronic acid (which adds more hydration to the skin), as well as probiotics.

Joints & Bones

Collagen helps maintain the integrity of your cartilage, which protects your joints. Since our collagen-production decreases, as we age, we’re more at risk of developing degenerative joint and bone disorders, such as osteoarthritis. Taking collagen, regularly, can help improve osteoarthritis symptoms, as well as bone & joint pain, in general.

One study took 73 athletes, who consumed 10 grams of collagen, daily, for 24 weeks. They experienced a significant decrease in joint pain, while walking, and at rest, compared to a group that did not take it (source).

Since collagen helps to lower inflammation, this can help support join pain, as well.

Vital Proteins Recommendation: Bone Collagen supplements, which contain supplements that help boost healthy bones. Also Cartilage Collagen, which contains Type II Collagen Peptides and Glycosaminoglycans, including naturally occurring Chondroitin Sulfate.

Muscles

Collagen is also essential for keeping your muscles strong and functioning properly.

Studies suggest that collagen supplements help boost muscle mass in people with sarcopenia, the loss of muscle mass that happens with age (source).

In one study, 27 frail men took 15 grams of collagen while participating in an exercise program daily for 12 weeks. Compared to men who exercised but did not take collagen, they gained significantly more muscle mass and strength (source).

Vital Proteins Recommendation: Collagen Peptides is the VP “tried and true” supplement, and it’s wonderful!

Gut

The gut is populated by billions of bacteria, which are essential for nutrient transfer. When foods pass through our digestive tract, molecules that form nutrients transfer into our bloodstreams, through the barrier of the gut lining. The barrier is designed to allow healthy nutrients to pass through, but often, sensitivities, like gluten or dairy, can cause larger gaps, which allow more than just nutrients to get out… and back in. “Leaky gut” causes a myriad of health issues, which is due to the body attacking those intruders, which leads to digestive problems, fatigue, sluggishness and skin issues.

Because collagen is a primarily component of the cells that line the gut, it’s a fantastic ingredient for supporting the digestive system.

Glycine and glutamine, another amino acid in collagen, are beneficial for promoting digestion and even supporting a healthy gut barrier.

Vital Proteins Recommendation: Beef Gelatin, which only dissolves in hot liquid, works like a gel, helping to heal the digestive tract. A wonderful way to focus on gut-healing.

What you can do

Aside from supplementing with collagen, there are a few things you can do to help slow down the collagen breakdown: Limiting as many damaging environment factors, like cigarette smoke and consuming alcohol) can help prevent further loss of collagen already present in your body.

Consuming proper nutrients, in your diet, such as Vitamin C, which is required for collagen-production. Consuming lots of nutrient-dense foods will be beneficial!

Daily usage

I’ve been using Vital Proteins products, for the past two years, daily. I love Vital Proteins because it’s free of any additional fillers or additives, and provides convenience (dissolving easily). I like to add it into smoothies, hot beverages, baked goods, etc. Collagen works best when blended with your liquid of choice, leaving it frothy with lighter consistency.

Supplement Facts for Collagen Peptides.

Supplement Facts for Collagen Peptides.

My routine

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I start each morning with a warm cup of lemon water, with an added scoop of gelatin. Gelatin is the only VP product that doesn’t dissolve in cold water, or baked goods; it’s essential to dissolve in warm/hot water.

Then, as the day progresses, I usually add in one more scoop of another VP product - usually the Collagen Peptides into my Chocolate Avocado Pudding, Dairy Free Lattes or Smoothies.

VP just came out with their new Collagen Waters, which is like a healthy Gatorade - perfect for after a sweaty workout class!

Whenever I’m baking, I always make sure to add in a scoop (or two) of peptides, as well!

*** The gelatin and collagen peptides are completely tasteless and odorless, which is SO amazing for adding it into anything and everything!

Collagen Sources

VP Collagen Peptides are sourced from grass-fed, pasture-raised bovine hides from Brazil. They also have a Marine Collagen (vegetarian-friendly), which is sourced from wild-caught, non-GMO Red Snapper off the coast of Hawaii. Collagen is not vegan! Their Spirulina and Beauty Boost supplements are, however, vegan!


I really do recommend supplementing your diet with collagen, in order to make up for the regression of collagen in the body. It’s a wonderful source of easily-digested protein, that’s very convenient (because it literally has no flavor)!

xoxo,

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Chia Pudding!

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Let's talk chia seeds:

Just TWO tablespoons of chia seeds contain eleven grams of fiber, which helps aid in digestion!

These seeds can absorb up to twelve times their weight in water and create a sort of gel that expands in the stomach, helping feed friendly bacteria, aiding in comfortable elimination and feeling fuller longer.

They help deposit nutrients throughout your body, and contain antioxidants, anti-cancer properties and are anti-inflammatory.

My go-go chia snack? Chia pudding!


Chia pudding is SO easy, healthy and delicious!

Ingredients

Directions

Mix all ingredients, and put in fridge, overnight, to firm up. Then, top with your favorite fixings! *I enjoy cacao nibs and raspberries.


Let me know what combinations you try, when you make your own chia pudding!

xoxo,

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Vegan Pesto, Plantain Pizza (Grain-Free, Nightshade-Free)

Mouth-watering!

Mouth-watering!

About a month ago, I started working with a Morphogenic Field Technique practitioner, who focuses on energy fields and muscle-response. We ruled out nightshades being a food I’m currently sensitive to (the nightshades causing additional inflammation signals in my body, because my gut is in need of healing). That’s a story for another day (and please reach out if you’d like to learn more).

Nightshades are a family of flowering plants that include some very popular fruits and veggies, like tomatoes! Tomatoes which come on top of pizza, which is one of my favorite foods (and might as well be a food-group of its own)! As a pizza-loving woman (who consumed pizza on the regular), what was I to do?! Not stop eating pizza, I’ll tell you that much! Instead, I was able to cater my pizza-making to fit my current dietary preferences… which included being nightshade-free!

I stumbled upon a plantain pizza crust recipe, first, on Organic Olivia’s website. Plantain’s are a fabulous gut-healing food, FYI!

My old-favorite pizza crust mix, from Simple Mills, still fits the bill for my dietary restrictions, but I was wanting to create something completely from scratch (and one that had even more healing-properties). I had been reading a lot about the use of plantains in grain-free cooking, recently: tortillas (instead of corn), chips (these are my favorite) and even cooked in some coconut oil (YUM)! A plantain pizza crust seemed like a no-brainer.

The recipe is super-easy, and not time-consuming! I literally picked up plantains, at Whole Foods, on my way home, from Pilates, and was devouring this ‘za a couple of hours after! THAT EASY! Again, I created this recipe after checking out Organic Olivia’s recipe.


A note on the toppings:

Gotham Greens Vegan Pesto.

Gotham Greens Vegan Pesto.

Gotham Greens’ “pesticide-free produce is grown using ecologically sustainable methods in technologically-sophisticated, 100% clean energy powered, climate-controlled urban rooftop greenhouses, located in New York and Chicago. They provide customers with a year-round local supply of premium quality, pesticide-free produce, grown under the highest standards of food safety and environmental sustainability”. Their produce is amazing!

Miyoko’s makes 100% non-dairy cheese, butter, and other goodies from organic, real foods like nuts, legumes, and other plant-based ingredients. They use traditional creamery cultures, age-old cheesemaking techniques, and modern technology, and their products lead the way into the future of food innovation. They use real ingredients (no fake anything, like fillers, additives, gmos, colors or flavors). Their cheeses are delicious and their “Mozz” melts like real cheese!


INGREDIENTS

When peeling a plantain, it’s best to slice the peel, down the center, and then peel, from both sides.

When peeling a plantain, it’s best to slice the peel, down the center, and then peel, from both sides.

  • 3 large green plantains (peeled and chopped) *See photo

  • 1/3 cup water

  • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil

  • 1 TBSP fresh garlic

  • 1 tsp sea salt

  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

  • 1 tsp onion powder

  • 1tsp garlic powder

toppings

  • 1 container Gotham Greens vegan pesto (it’s literally olive oil, pine nuts, lemon juice basil, garlic and seat salt)

  • 3 TBSP Miyoko’s vegan cheese

  • 1/2 pound browned, organic turkey (or other meat, or meat-substitute)

  • fresh spinach leaves

DIRECTIONS

Dough ready to go in the oven!

Dough ready to go in the oven!

  1. Preheat your oven to 450° F.

  2. Place your peeled and chopped plantains into your food processor, or blender.

  3. Add the water, coconut oil, garlic. Blend until smooth, scraping the sides, if needed. Then add salts and powders, and blend again. *Mixture should look like a thick smoothie. It’ll taste a bit like a savory banana bread mix.

  4. Transfer the mixture to a parchment-paper lined pizza stone and spread it evenly into a circle.

  5. Bake for 25 minutes, or until thoroughly cooked and golden brown.

  6. Remove from the oven, add pesto and additional toppings.

  7. Pop it back in the oven until the cheese is fully melted and the crust crisps up some more. (I let it cook for an additional five minutes, with ingredients on top, and this made the crust a bit more soft).

  8. ENJOY!

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Hope you all love this recipe! I find it’s something different and the perfect option for dietary restrictions. Try it with different sauces and toppings and let me know what you think!

xoxo,

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Summer Smoothie Bowls!

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Summertime has got me on a smoothie bowl kick, lately. Berries are in season, and there’s nothing like spooning into that creamy, fruity thickness. During a time of year where hydration is essential, smoothie bowls are a wonderful way to stay hydrated, while filling up on fiber and essential nutrients.

Acai

Typically, acai bowls are most popular. An antioxidant-powerhouse, acai berries are very similar to grapes, their flesh and skin containing many vitamins and nutrients. When you have the opportunity to purchase the berries, DO IT! It’s a wonderful snack, with so many healing properties.

As far as smoothie bowls go, the most common frozen acai packs are Sambazon brand (found in many grocery stores). These are a wonderful, convenient way to make smoothie bowls, however, they come with a few, personal caveats: SUGAR and SOY. Be sure to check the label and make sure no added sugar is in these smoothie packs. Sambazon does sell an added sugar-free acai pack, but those contain soy lecithin, which is an emulsifier, or lubricant (and sometimes called “antioxidant-protector”). For me, as a woman who is always-focused on hormone health, soy is something to steer clear of (aside from small doses of fermented soy).

Dragon Fruit

Dragon fruit (also called (pitaya”) is said to have a taste similar to a kiwi or a pear. Personally, I think it’s damn close to acai, and the perfect headliner in a smoothie bowl! Dragon fruit has high amounts of fiber and magnesium, and a very low calorie (as well as sugar) count. It’s filled with essential antioxidants, and is very healing for the liver. PitayaPlus carries convenient, frozen smoothie packs, to easily create your own smoothie, or smoothie bowl. An added-bonus (and why it’s my favorite): DRAGON FRUIT IS THE ONLY INGREDIENT! No added sugar or soy!

smoothie bowl essentials

What creates the perfect smoothie bowl? Well, the beauty here is that it’s up to you! I find having a good frozen to non-frozen ratio is important, for creating thickness, but not too much thickness (haha, clear as mud, right?!) I love added nothing but fruit: banana, blueberries and strawberries.

Aside from the actual smoothie bowl ingredients, toppings are probably just as (if not more) exciting! I love to add a combination of nut butters, nuts, seeds, cacao and sweetness. Ryan and I love the grain-free granola from Truce, and this week, I tried to recreate it, based on their ingredients. Not exactly the same, but good enough!

Smoothie bowl essentials.

Smoothie bowl essentials.

Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl

Ingredients

  • 1 pack, frozen PitayaPlus pack (found at Whole Foods or Target)

  • 1 chilled banana (I leave in freezer for 30 minutes)

  • 1/2 cup frozen, organic blueberries

  • 1/2 cup frozen, organic strawberries

Directions

  1. Blend pitaya, banana, blueberries and strawberries, until thick.

  2. Pour into bowl, and smooth out.

  3. Add your favorite toppings. My current favorites are a remake of Truce’s grain-free granola, Hu Kitchen Hunks, Coyo Coconut Yogurt, or Coconut Cult, extra strawberries and some hemp hearts.

  4. Scoop and enjoy! I like to blend all of my ingredients together, so it’s a delicious mess. What about you?!

Are you a clean scooper?

Are you a clean scooper?

Or a messy one?

Or a messy one?


Ayurveda

As someone who is currently, especially focused on her gut, digestion is essential. Cccording to Ayurveda, it’s important to keep the digestive “fire” hot (which smoothie bowls can dampen, especially in the morning). Because of this, I always make sure to sip a warm cup of tea, while indulging on a smoothie bowl. I find it helps me feel a little less-bloated, and is easier on my system.

If you’re especially interested in following Ayurveda, it’s recommended that Vata’s, especially, consume fruit alone, and nothing else an hour before or after (to help with digestion). I’ve tried this before, and honestly DID feel better. I find that in the smoothie bowl-situation, a cup of warm tea is better than nothing!


What are you favorite smoothie bowl ingredients?! Now that summer is here, it’s fun to think of all of the options! Even hitting up a farmer’s market, and finding fresh fruit, and freezing it, would be an excellent option!

xoxo,

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Organic, Plant-Based Meal Delivery: Your New BFF

Fiber Herb Pesto Pasta, from  Sakara .

Fiber Herb Pesto Pasta, from Sakara.

As a health coach, I have the opportunity to work with individuals, from various walks of life, all with a similar agenda: to become healthier and happier. Becoming healthier and happier is a process that takes work. And often, all of my clients have one, similar brick wall, separating them from their best self: TIME.

There never seems to be enough time. Time to exercise. Time to sleep. Time to breathe. Time to eat healthy, or more so, time to MAKE healthy food.

Time is the ONE constant I see with every client I coach. Why? We’re so busy trying to get everything accomplished, we forget to prioritize ourselves in the process, which results in not enough time dedicated to ourselves.

This post isn’t about priorities, however (but reach out if you ever need help managing them). This post is about options. Options for when you’re constantly on the go, and have no time to prepare healthy meals.

Sakara

Danielle DuBoise & Whitney Tingle, founders of Sakara Life, both grew up together, and attended  IIN .

Danielle DuBoise & Whitney Tingle, founders of Sakara Life, both grew up together, and attended IIN.

I first learned of Sakara, back when I was getting my health coach certification. Whitney & Danielle, two IIN grads, had a goal in mind: to provide individuals with the best food on the planet (plant-based, organic, nutrient-dense and made with love). After noticing the positive effects eating this way had on their health and happiness, they knew they needed to create an accessible opportunity for others to transform their health, as well. And thus, Sakara Life was born!

Sakara creates life-transforming, plant-rich super meals, delivered right to your door. They’re available nationwide. Clean-eating, and no sacrifices. Period.

** Curious about receiving 20% off your Sakara order? More information, below!

nine Pillars of Nutrition

So, why Sakara? The Sakara Life organic meal delivery program is based on a whole-food, plant-rich diet that includes fresh, nutrient-dense, and delicious ingredients. Every meal that comes to your door, is formed on the basis of their nine pillars of nutrition:

  1. No Calorie Counting: Some calories are addictive, others healing, some fattening, some metabolism-boosting. That’s because food doesn’t just contain calories, it contains information. Plus, restricting calories is a stressor, and when your body is stressed, it’s likely to hold onto extra fat.

  2. Plant Protein: If you eat a variety of whole foods of plant origin (vegetables, legumes, 100 percent whole grains and fruits) and not refined food-like products, it is very unlikely that you could be deficient in protein intake.

  3. Eat Your Water: When we eat more water-rich foods, we absorb water more slowly because it is trapped in the structure of these foods.

  4. Greens: Greens are the least consumed food in the standard American diet, and the most essential for inner and outer health. Eating enough greens is one way to get that “glow”!

  5. Good Fats: Fat is one of the body’s most basic building blocks. The average person is made up of between 15 and 30 percent fat! Counting calories usually means you miss out on essential nutrients! A low fat dressing is almost always highly-processed, loaded with sugar and inflammation-causing.

  6. Eat the Rainbow: Beyond simply being a mechanism for conveying calories, food is a source of special ingredients than can prevent and treat disease and transform your health.

  7. Nutrient Density: While awareness of malnutrition in the developing world is high, micronutrient deficiency is rarely discussed in the US.

  8. Sulfur-Rich Veggies: Sulfur-rich foods nourish cells and mitochondria, and specifically help the body to be more efficient in eliminating toxins.

  9. Body Intelligence: They say the gut is the second brain, but it’s really the first one! (Sakara).


Why Plant-Based?

Personal-Benefits

It’s no surprise; there are many arguments about which diet is best for you. Regardless of these arguments, health and wellness communities should agree that diets emphasizing fresh, whole ingredients and minimizing processed foods are superior for overall wellness. Plant-based foods fall under this category!

The results of studies from the Netherlands, Brazil, and the U.S., presented at Nutrition 2018, all found benefits associated with vegetarian-type diets, but they also communicated the health importance of the quality of the food. (Medical News Today). To ensure your meals are as delicious and nutritious as possible, Sakara sources all of their ingredients from trusted suppliers and organic farms that use healthy, sustainable agriculture practices.

Going plant-based doesn’t necessarily mean eliminating meat, all-together, but can include modest amounts of fish and lean meat. Most importantly, choosing a diet heavy in fruits and veggies may help ward off chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes and heart issues and aid in weight-loss. Plant-based diets include higher fiber content, as well. Fiber keeps you "regular" by aiding in digestion and preventing constipation. It helps regulate blood sugar levels. Just one cup of raspberries or cooked green peas amounts to eight grams of fiber or more, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Internal-benefits aside, consuming a plant-based diet can contribute to healthy skin. Vitamins, pigments and phytochemicals, found in fruits and veggies, contribute to gaining that “healthy glow”.

Environmental-Benefits

Personal benefits aside, filling your plates with more fruits and veggies can help the environment, as well.

A study, published in October in the journal Nature, found that as a result of population growth and the continued consumption of Western diets high in red meats and processed foods, the environmental pressures of the food system could increase by up to 90% by 2050, "exceeding key planetary boundaries that define a safe operating space for humanity beyond which Earth's vital ecosystems could become unstable," according to study author Marco Springmann of the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food at the University of Oxford. (Climate Change, CNN).

If the whole world, which continues to grow, eats more like us, the impacts are staggering, and the planet simply can’t withstand it.
Sustaining a healthier planet will require halving the amount of food loss and waste, and improving farming practices and technologies. But it will also require a shift toward more plant-based diets.
Research consistently shows that drastically reducing animal food intake and mostly eating plant foods is one of the most powerful things you can do to reduce your impact on the planet over your lifetime, in terms of energy required, land used, greenhouse gas emissions, water used and pollutants produced.
— Sharon Palmer, a registered dietitian nutritionist and plant-based food and sustainability expert in Los Angeles.

Beef is more than 100 times as emissions-intensive as legumes. This is because a cow needs, on average, 10 kilograms of feed, often from grains, to grow 1 kilogram of body weight, and that feed will have required water, land and fertilizer inputs to grow.

In addition, cows emit the potent greenhouse gas methane during digestion, which makes cows and other ruminants such as sheep especially high-emitting. (CNN).

This doesn’t mean we all need to stop eating all the meat, ASAP, but it means it’s important to consider the amount we’re consuming and the effect it’s having on our environment. Adding more plant-based diets could help reduce environment impacts.

For more information on eating plant-based, check out this article, from UCLA.


Meal Programs

Sakara caters to two, primary needs: Healthy, plant-based meals and convenience. Like mentioned earlier, making the time to cook healthy meals is difficult, and they help make this easier.

They have three different programs:

  1. Signature Program (Level 1): Option for 3, or 5-day week. Organic breakfast, lunch, and dinner designed for optimal nutrition. Daily detox teas, to support digestion and elimination. Functional supplements, to maximize results. Certified health coaches, ready to help with questions and support.

  2. Detox (Level II): Similar to the Signature Program, this powerful cleanse is grounded in the foundation of Sakara's signature nutrition program (Level I): whole, organic plant foods and mindful eating. Then it goes a step further, temporarily eliminating common dietary inflammation triggers to release years of toxic build-up, reboot the metabolism, heal the gut and reveal a lighter, brighter, healthier you.

  3. Brides: A 20-day wedding prep program to help you slim down, tone up and beautify from the inside out. Four weeks worth of breakfasts + lunches + dinners delivered to your door, ready to eat. Daily supply of caffeine-free Detox Tea, to eliminate bloat, detoxify the body and get the skin glowing. Your choice of functional supplement to enhance your results: Daily Probiotic Blend, Beauty + Detox Water Drops, or Beauty Chocolates.


In love

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This week, I’m enjoying three days of Sakara-based meals, and am in love! The packaging (which is all reused, recyclable-material) is adorable, and comes with eco-friendly ice-packs, with instructions on how to properly discard of them (unless you decide to reuse, which is even better, now that it’s warmer out).

Each meal comes in separate containers, and contains superfood love notes (as I like to call them), on the lid. All ingredients are listed, on the bottom of each container, along with heating instructions (remember, plant-based doesn’t mean “raw”).

So far, I’ve enjoyed Black Forest Breakfast Cake (with chocolate and cherries), a Black Garlic BBQ Burger (with root fries), and a Veggie Satay Bowl (with savory almond butter sauce). ALL, COMPLETELY DROOL-WORTHY!

What am I noticing already?! Even though I considered myself a “healthy-eater”, by no means was I consuming as many veggies as I should have been! Sakara provides a wonderful reminder to fuel up on water, fiber-filled foods, to help you feel sexy inside and out!

Food is medicine

Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.
— Hippocrates

I hear you; it’s hard to spend money on ourselves, especially when food is so quick to be gone. But lately, I’ve really been thinking about the investment I’m making in myself: health is essential. Feeling good… looking good… it all starts from within.

SPECIAL OFFER: If you’re interested in a Sakara meal plan, you can sign up for your first meal program or 10-Day Reset Kit and receive 20% off (must be first-time clients and NEW to Sakara Life). Go to Sakara’s website, and use code: “XOKATES”.


What does the food you consume tell about you? Are you rushed, most days, unsure of when to eat, let alone WHAT to eat?

I’m with you; life is busy and sometimes, getting by is all we can do. Just remember the way you fuel your body affects how you live, in your body.

“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” - Michael Pollan

xoxo,

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Dairy-Free, Caffeine-Free, Healthy, Homemade Latte

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Starbucks ain’t got nothing on me!

I started making my own lattes a couple of years ago, for a few reasons:

  • I work from home (and can’t head to coffee shops on the regular)

  • I cut out dairy and caffeine (and regular coffee shops only had tea as an option)

  • I wanted a latte I could feel good about consuming, free of bad ingredients!

Now don’t get me wrong! I still hit up coffee shops. I still order caffeine and syrup-filled drinks, occasionally... but not as often. Now, I’ve found a coffee-alternative I can make from home, each day, and enjoy. After all, we drink lattes for the enjoyment-factor, right?!

I’ve posted a couple of my favorite, homemade latte recipes, before. But wanted to share my current favorite, which is filled with SO many beneficial ingredients (and tastes amazing)!


Previously (as tagged above), I’ve shared about my journey in cutting back (and out) coffee, which is very taxing on the adrenals. After realizing that I was suffering from shot adrenals, and hormones, I knew I had to find a better alternative, instead of the daily cup of joe. Nourishing ingredients, like adaptogens, collagen and dandelion were essential, as well.

Adaptogens are superherbs and supermushrooms that help expand your body's capacity to handle mental, physical and emotional stress. They are most-beneficial taken regularly.

Dandelion is loaded with antioxidants, fiber and vitamins that aid in liver detoxification, and fighting inflammation.

Collagen is an easy way to aid in bone, joint, skin and gut health. Gelatin, especially, is very coating for the gut, and helps fight leaky-gut issues.


Adaptogenic, Herbal Latte

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ingredients

  • 1 bag of Teeccino, Dandelion Dark Roast

  • 1 TBSP Rasa, adaptogenic, herbal, coffee-alternative

  • 1 TSP maca powder

  • 1 TSP Sunpotion Yin Power

  • 1 TBSP cacao butter (for creaminess)

  • 1 TSP mushroom powder (use code “KATE10” for 10% off, always)

  • 1 scoop Vital Proteins collagen, or gelatin

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Instructions

  1. Steep Teeccino tea bag in a mug of hot water

  2. Once steeped, add Rasa into french press, along with Teeccino and steep, again

  3. Meanwhile, add in maca, Yin Power, cacao butter, mushroom butter and collagen into blender

  4. Add brewed herbal blend, once steeped, and blend, on high, for 1 minute.

  5. Pour into mug and enjoy!


The question I get asked, the most often, is whether or not these lattes taste like real coffee. And truthfully, it’s pretty damn close. No, it’s not going to taste just like coffee; it’s not coffee. Since making the change, my body has become used to the flavor, and prefers the earthy-taste. Remember, we’re all different. Maybe coffee, daily, works just fine for you. This is just an easy, healthy option for anyone fighting adrenal, or hormone issues, that’s looking for a close-alternative.

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xoxo,

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"Noatmeal" Breakfast Porridge

Grain-free porridge.

Grain-free porridge.

Recently, after talking with my acupuncturist about Ayurveda and Doshas, I realized the effect eating too many cold, raw foods/beverages was having on my digestion. As a “morning smoothie” person, I’ve really been working to start each morning with a warming breakfast instead, that not only fills me up, but is good for revving up my digestion, as well.

This “Noatmeal” porridge recipe was inspired by Be Well By Kelly’s porridge recipe, initially. Now, I’ve been having fun changing up ingredients based on where I am in my cycle (and what’s sounding tasty)!

Currently, I’m just about to then end of my Ovulatory Phase, and if you follow cycle-syncing, or seed-cycling, there are a few foods that are extra-good for you, during this time: sunflower and sesame seeds, chocolate (cacao), and coconut. I wanted to incorporate these into my breakfast porridge recipe.

Anytime I’m making porridge, I have a couple of staples:

  • 1 TBSP coconut oil

  • 1 cup nut milk

  • 1 TBSP of each, hemp hearts, chia seeds and flax

  • Collagen/protein powder

  • Nut butter

  • Toppings

The fun thing about these staples are that you can mix & match based on your preferences (or what’s in your fridge/cupboard)!


Today’s recipe is as follows:


Directions:

  1. Melt coconut oil in pan, on stovetop, on medium heat

  2. Add milk, collagen, hemp, chia and flax - stir until it becomes thick, like oatmeal

  3. Pour into bowl, adding cacao, Sunbutter and cacao nibs.

  4. Enjoy!


Play around with the recipe, yourself, and let me know what combination you enjoy! Fruit is always a fun add-on, as well, if you’re not following Ayurveda to a T — fruit-combining is difficult on digestion!

xoxo,

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