Butter coffee and collagen, my new morning elixir

You make read this and think I have lost my mind…who puts butter in their coffee anyway (anyone else read that with an Austin Powers accent) but this is something other cultures have done for years and now I am into it and telling you why. Okay my friends do not stop reading here and just think I am a crazy person if you have never heard of this, it is something that has been sweeping the globe for some time now and I have jumped on that bandwagon and no sign of me getting off!

One thing about me is that I am not good TERRIBLE at eating breakfast first thing in the morning. I know I know it’s the most important meal of the day, and I love breakfast foods however breakfast for me falls more into a morning snack window around 11am. I am  working on creating better habits as well as managing my weight this year, and while researching lots of diets, methods and ideas I came across this movement of drinking coffee with butter first thing in the morning; I don’t know about you but I’m willing to try anything that can help me create positive impacts on my lifestyle and reduce my waistline in a healthy manner so I went for it.

Now two weeks later my friends and I feel great, it has been a wonderful addition to my 20170122_234425morning. I get up and drink water with lemon first and then mix 8-10 ounces of black coffee with 1 tsp Ghee (which is clarified Grass fed butter) and 2 scoops Collagen into my blender and whip it up for a few seconds. It produces a delicious foam to your coffee and just adds a little richness, it does not taste sweet or buttery it just tastes like coffee. The Ghee that I am using is from 4th and Heart and has vanilla bean in it which I love that smell in my coffee so I chose that over a plain variety but I am linking options here to purchase the one I use or Kerry Gold Irish Butter to add to your coffee. The collagen I am using is from Vital Proteins and can be found at some stores or here on amazon. This has been such a win in my mornings, the calorie count for my daily cup of coffee is 104 and this is just perfect for me to get me to that 11 o’clock time where I want to finally eat something without making me binge on the wrong options or eat too much. The high fat content in the butter slows the way your body metabolizes the caffeine in the coffee (or tea) and assists in a prolonged energy instead of a crash and need for more coffee. I can tell you I am down to 1 cup of coffee daily and haven’t seen the same effects I have in years prior when attempting to cut my caffeine intake.

I have had a few people ask me why add the collagen, what is that doing for me? Collagen is something that your body produces naturally but as we age, with a lot of things, production slows down. Adding a collagen supplement to your diet will assist in: healthy hair, skin and nails, provide support for your joints, assist in a balanced diet and help with digestion. For me the one thing I have really seen a difference in is my knees and ankles, I am attempting to up my exercise and step count this year and in the past when I try this my joints tend to ache which turns into an excuse to quit, since the increase of collagen I haven’t felt that soreness that I have in the past. Any other results? Why yes thank you for asking (lol) in the past 2 weeks I have actually lost 6 pounds and 4 inches from my waist and I am psyched! This jump start to my day and my diet is just what the doctor ordered. I hope you give this a try and let me know if you do I’d love to hear if it works for you as well.

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