Updated: May 23, 2019
Coffee is one of the most popular beverages in North America - so much so that it's less common to come across someone who doesn't drink coffee every,single,day. than to find someone who does.
For many people, a cup of coffee or two per day can have some positive health benefits - it's a good source of antioxidants, and can improve athletic performance and focus. For some, however, coffee (and namely the caffeine in it) can cause jitteriness or other unpleasant effects, especially if it's consumed on an empty stomach while running out the door... (can you relate?)
The fact is, that most people rely on at least one cup of coffee to get them going in the morning.
If you're one of those people, I'm going to let you in on a little secret - did you know that there's a way to make your morning coffee have more energizing effects, keep any caffeine jitters away, keep you fuller and more satiated, and avoid afternoon energy slumps?
Enter our Superfood Drink Blends.
They're loaded with healthy, energizing fats, as well as easily-digestible protein from grass-fed collagen, and even fibre from coconut butter!
Adding these ingredients to your coffee not only makes it creamy, frothy, and delicious, but they help keep you full and energized longer, and reduce any jitteriness that you may experience from caffeine.
How do they do all this?
Adding fats, protein, and fibre to your coffee can help slow down the pace at which caffeine passes through your stomach is absorbed by your intestines. This is great for giving you more sustainable (and less jittery) energy, and makes you less susceptible to afternoon energy crashes. In addition, each ingredient is powerful on it's own, too!
Here's the lowdown on two of the star ingredients:
MCT Oil: Our organic MCT oil, derived from coconuts, can supply lasting, sustainable energy for your body and brain.
MCTs, or medium-chain-triglycerides, are special because their shorter chain length allows them to be broken down and utilized by the body much more quickly than other types of fats.
They can also be easily converted into ketones and then used as energy by the brain, making MCT oil perfect for those following a ketogenic diet. (Note - all of our Superfood Drink Blends are unsweetened and keto friendly!)
MCTs are touted for their ability to increase the release of hormones that promote the feeling of fullness in the body (source) making them a great addition to your morning to help keep you satisfied until lunch.
Collagen: Our collagen peptides, sourced from grass-fed cows, not only supplies protein, but is super nourishing for your gut, skin, hair, nails, and joints.
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body. It is found in our muscles, skin, blood, bones, cartilage, and ligaments.
Our own collagen production slows down with age, and supplementing with collagen can provide your body with the specific building blocks needed to increase its natural production. The amino acids that make up collagen are sometimes lacking from our every day diet, so supplementing is a great way to increase your intake of these!
While collagen is often studied for its effects on the skin, such as increasing hydration and decreasing fine lines, it may also have some very beneficial effects on conditions like Osteoarthritis or may help athletes who suffer from joint pain (source, source).
Personally, we love collagen as an easy-to-digest source of amino acids (the building blocks of protein) that blends perfectly into our morning coffee or tea!