Collagen and medicinal mushrooms are two supplements that I have committed to adding into my diet every single day. I'm working on a couple of posts to explain their benefits more, but suffice it to say, I believe that these supplements are two ways to get the absolute biggest bang for our buck in terms of health benefits. (Update: Read more here about the benefits of collagen supplements.) They have tremendous gut-healing, immune-boosting, and inflammation-lowering benefits (to name just a few). The two easiest ways I find to incorporate them into my diet is by adding them to smoothies or to my coffee. I use various mushroom elixirs from Four Sigmatic in my smoothies, and I like to use the mushroom coffee mixes in my coffee.
Now that the weather has warmed up, I love mixing them into a large batch of double-strength iced coffee so that it's always ready to just pour and go!
I start by brewing double-strength organic coffee in my chemex coffee maker. The reason I like to brew it in the Chemex is because it filters out the acidic and bitter compounds that most coffee makers don’t, so it's smooth and delicious. And, it filters out the oils as well, so the coffee can be brewed and stored in the fridge for later use and still taste great.
Once I brew the coffee, I pour it into a large mason jar and mix in several scoops of collagen peptides, and several scoops (or packets) of the mushroom coffee. I personally prefer the mushroom coffee tin as opposed to the packets. (Use code healthyhomehelp for 10% off purchases at Four Sigmatic!) Add one scoop of each per serving of coffee that you've made. Since you're mixing them in while the coffee is hot, it's easy to incorporate. I also like to add some brain octane oil because I'm big on getting LOTS of good fats into my diet wherever I can. It's totally flavorless but provides healthy fat and a brain boost!
Then, just stick it in the fridge to get cold, and you've got immune-boosting, gut-healing, inflammation-lowering coffee ready to go!
*This post was not sponsored by Vital Proteins or by Four Sigmatic. However, it does contain affiliate links.