Coffee that doubles for health and beauty benefits… and touts a creamy, sweet pink whipped topping? SIGN US UP RIGHT?! In the spirit of Valentines day, this morning I whipped up a batch of pink keto whipped cream to put on top of my daughters Pink Low Carb, gluten-free pancakes. It looked so fun and delicious that I couldn’t resist putting a dollop of my coffee concoction as well. This is a must try recipe if you love making yourself smile in the morning and you want the beauty benefits of the ingredients.
12 oz fresh ground organic dark coffee
1 scoop collagen peptides (collagen should ideally be Types 1-5, but types 1 & 3 carry beauty benefits for skin hair nails and bone)
2 tsp grass-fed butter
3 Tbsp organic half & half (or coconut milk/cream)
2 tsp MCT oil
xylitol or erythritol to sweeten (using table sugar and artificial creamers speeds up the aging process by increasing collagen breakdown – by adopting a low sugar lifestyle you will reap the beauty benefits for the long haul)
Combine all ingredients in a glass jar blended. Start out blending on low speed to keep coffee from blowing the lid off. Then finish with a higher speed (holding the lid down!) this will help make your coffee really nice and frothy.
Note: Take 500mg or eat/drink citrus alongside. Vitamin C works as a co-enzyme to allow for better absorption of the collagen, which provides added benefit and better absorption.
PINK KETO WHIPPED CREAM
1 cup organic heavy whipping cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
5 Tbsp Swerve Confectioners sugar (you can also grind other erythritol sweeteners into a finer powder)
Pink/red NATURAL coloring to your desired pink color – here you have a few options; beet powder, pomegranate powder, pink pitaya powder or natural food coloring from places like WholeFoods if you don’t have time to order online like I did). In this picture I used pink pitaya superfood powder (it comes from dragon fruit). PLEASE DO NOT USE ARTIFICIAL DYE (especially if you plan on giving any of the whipped topping to kids! It is so toxic to their precious growing brains)
In a stand mixer with whisk attachment pour in HWC. Whisk on medium until it starts to stiffen a bit. Stop mixer, add in all other ingredients and whisk on medium high very until stiff and fluffy.
BENEFITS OF COLLAGEN SUPPLEMENTATION:
Collagen is a protein fiber found throughout our bodies. It provides strength and cushioning to many different areas of the body, including the skin. More specifically, collagen is found in our various types of connective tissues such as cartilage, tendons, bones, and ligaments. Collagen fibers are very strong, yet extremely flexible. There are 16 different types of collagen found in the human body. There are 5 types that are most abundant. As we age collagen production decreases and we start to experience loss of bone, joint pain, wrinkles, less elastic skin. Getting more collagen in our diets and through supplements may drastically improve the condition. By adding a quality sourced collagen peptide supplement with at least types I and III you may see your wrinkles decrease, hair and nails strengthen and that fabulous youthful glow return. Hello Beauty Coffee! Oh, and collagen was found to be 40% more filling than other proteins so it can help control appetite. Glutamine, one of the amino acids in collagen, has been identified as the key amino acid for preventing inflammation of the gut wall and healing leaky gut syndrome. Anyone suffering from gut health issues, this can be a GAME CHANGER. Glutamine has been linked to inhibiting inflammation and oxidative stress associated with the opening of tight junctions in the connective tissue of the intestinal lining (read more)
Type I: skin, tendons, bone, hair, vasculature, organs
Type II: cartilage
Type III: found alongside Type I for skin hair, nails, bone,
Type IV: forms basal lamina, the epithelium-secreted layer of the basement membrane – which modulate cellular behaviors to regulate tissue development, function, and repair. – Yes, I know pretty “scientifically worded” (read more here if you are a science Geek)
Type V: cell surfaces, hair, and placenta
Some good food sources of collagen include:
Wild caught salmon (and other fish)nd
Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional, and this article is based off of research I found online and offline in articles, as well as my own personal use of collagen supplements.