What is a Beverage with Benefit?

Friday February 15, 2019

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As part of our daily routine we drink several beverages a day.  These beverages can add to our health, “be a benefit”, or they can detract from our health.  Consider the difference between a glass of water and a soda pop.  If you are working to achieve a healthier lifestyle, you can have fabulous tasting, fun, custom beverages and be nourishing your body at the same time.

What is a fat coffee?

Fat coffee is where you add high quality fats to your coffee most commonly MCT oil, coconut oil, or grass-fed butter.  However, it has evolved to include any fat that you enjoy in your coffee including ghee, coconut cream, heavy cream, cacao butter and coconut butter.  

The biggest reason is energy. You receive an extra energy burst from the combination of caffeine and the fat.  The second benefit is that fat is satiating, so you can go longer without hunger.

MCT oil gives instant fuel for the brain and muscles hence why it is so popular. If new to taking MCT oil start with a tsp and work up to a tablespoon over time, or you may experience gastrointestinal distress.  Grass-fed butter is from cows that are allowed to forage and graze for their natural diet of grass.  Grass-fed has higher amounts of vitamins and nearly five times more CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) than butter from grain-fed cows. CLA is great for skin and is shown to help you burn more fat.


Why add a collagen boost to my fat coffee?

Adding collagen is another great option.  It is tasteless and mixes easily into hot or cold beverages.  One scoop provides about 8-10g of protein.  This is a great supplemental amount to start your day with well supported adrenals, that means better stress management.  Protein also helps you feel satiated for longer. 

Collagen is an important structural protein in the body.   Important for healthy skin, strong hair, nails and the integrity of bones, joints, muscles and connective tissue (tendons, ligaments, arteries and blood vessels)
 

Why boost my smoothie?

Smoothie’s are packed with easy to digest nutrients and a popular beverage to support health.  However, many are also high in carbohydrates and specifically fruit sugar.  Balancing your smoothie with the addition of fat, protein and additional greens will ensure it the health boosting drink you were aiming for. 

Adding green powders is an easy way increase the nutrient content and add servings of vegetables to your smoothie.  Protein helps slow the rise in blood sugar that results from consuming the fruit and is satiating so you won’t find yourself hungry and hour later.  Yogurt and nut butters usually add about 3-5 grams of protein while a scoop of protein powder is closer to 15-25 grams of protein and has a balanced amount of all the amino acids.
 

Other great “Boosts for Benefits” include:

Tonic Herbs

In herbal medicine, a tonic herb is used to help restore, tone and invigorate systems in the body or to support general health and well-being.  Some are adaptogens, some modulate or boost your immune system, and many are great source of antioxidants and nutrients.  Most have been used in traditional medicine for centuries.

Each one has its own individual strength and you can match it to support your personal health goals. Tonic herbs gently support the body systems over time and are best enjoyed in one to two cups of your favorite beverage daily over several months.  Most can be found in tea or powder form to easily incorporate into your beverage.

Great tasting additions to your beverages include Baobob, Lucuma, Shatavari, Mucuna, Moringa, Turmeric, Holy Basil (Tulsi), Nettle, Gynostemna, and Schisandra.

Adaptogens

Adaptogens are tonic plants or herbs that help manage or “adapt” your stress response on a day to day basis.    They support your adrenal system, help balance your hormones, and regulate your systems adjusting to how much support you need in the moment.  Adaptogens help you recover from the everyday mental and physical stressors in your life.  Commonly used include Ashwagandha, Rhodiola Rosea, Maca, Eleuthero (Siberian Ginseng) and Panax Ginseng.

Medicinal Mushrooms

Known for having both adaptogen qualities and immune supporting qualities.  As well, medicinal mushrooms are a rich source of nutrients and many have unique benefits of their own. For example, Lion’s Mane supports memory and brain health.  Reishi, Chaga, Cordyceps, Shitake, Lion’s mane, Turkey tail, or try a blend for the synergistic effect of many mushrooms combined.