How many of you drink a cup of coffee every morning? Or several cups of coffee every day?

Every time we consume food or beverage, we have the opportunity to either benefit our body, or do some damage. I talk a lot of about the importance of positive impact on the body and an anti-inflammatory diet in this blog post.

But let’s talk coffee. About 62% of adults drink coffee in the U.S. And that’s just the U.S. And think about what most of us are putting into our coffee. Sugar. Synthetic creamers made with inflammatory processed oils high in Omega 6s that inflame and damage the body. Maybe even synthetic sweeteners like Splenda that change our gut bacteria, leading to obesity. In fact, recent Israeli study suggests that 'artificial sweeteners enhance the populations of gut bacteria that are more efficient at pulling energy from our food and turning that energy into fat.' Yikes, right!? 

But the solution doesn’t have to be to kill that morning cup of coffee that you and I, and most people look forward to. There are things you can add to your cup of coffee that benefit you greatly, and enhance your quality of life!

I’ve been starting my mornings lately by combining a CBD-infused coffee, and a high-protein, no sugar skin beautifying Collagen Creamer.

My choice of bean is Strava Craft Coffee come by way of Denver. Unlike commercially produced and roasted coffees, Strava carefully and conscientiously identifies top growers and regions, building lasting relationships, and small batch roasting to bring out the potential in every bean.  They’ve already been roasting some of the best coffees for a few years now, and are committed to running their business as a socially responsible member of the coffee community, with a commitment to quality products and equitable treatment of farmers, laborers and everyone in the supply chain. This year they broke new ground with innovative coffees infused with hemp based CBD. More on the benefits of CBDs here, but generally speaking, CBD is one of the best ways to give the body anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and anti-anxiety support consistently. There are many ways to consume it, but since you’re already drinking a cup of coffee every day anyway, why not drink a cup of coffee that comes infused with a high-quality CBD.

I drink FOCUS or PEACE & WELLNESS blend almost every morning now to start the day with an overall sense of well-being and enhanced work performance. I find that not only do I feel more focused which is a benefit of the CBD in and of itself, and because I’m not as anxious, I’m directing energy to where it should be directed.

I can definitely drink coffee black if I have to, and I used to add a little organic dairy cream if it was handy, but in late 2017, Vital Proteins launched a coconut based collagen creamer and I haven’t gone a day without it since! Their formula offers lactose-intolerant coffee drinkers the smoothest, creamiest cup of coffee I have ever EVER tasted, with all of the benefits of collagen consumption, and without the junky crap found in mass market nondairy creamers. In fact, Vital Proteins Collagen Creamers are made only with real-food ingredients and are free of artificial sweeteners, refined sugars, dairy, and gluten. 

As the most abundant protein in the body, collagen is responsible for the maintenance of healthy hair, skin, nails, bones and joints. Collagen helps restore the skin’s moisture, improving the elasticity, tone and vibrancy that’s already within you, but that decreases naturally as you age. I have several friends and followers who are now die-hard Vital Proteins devotees after experiencing better skin, and longer thicker hair and nails after regular consumption. And some of these were vegans who gave it a chance and then modified their diets just for the purpose of consuming collagen because the results were so dramatic! 

The Vital Proteins Coconut Collagen Creamer that I now cannot live without offers 10 grams of clean collagen protein from grass-fed, pasture-raised bovine. If you are going to consume collagen, it’s imperative that its grass-fed for the same reason you want to consume pasture-raised eggs. Commercially raised cows are grain-fed, which deposits inflammatory omega 6s into their tissues. Then you consume it, and experience inflammation. Grass-fed cows - like the ones used in the Vital Proteins collagen and gelatin products - have ANTI-inflammatory omega 3s in their fats and tissues, so it’s actual beneficial to consume grass-fed meats, fats and connective tissues in small amounts!

So that’s it. With two small modifications to my daily cup of coffee, I have made it a beneficial and more healthful experience leading to increased daily wellness. This can be applied to many other facets of your lifestyle and dietary practices, and will be a feature of blog posts to come. If you have any specific posts around this topic that you would like to see, just leave a comment below this post!