This hot drink is amazing for whatever it is I need to do in the morning, whether it be training, a relaxed yoga session, writing a blog post, etc and is geared towards jump starting my energy levels, boosting immune and brain function, increase recovery time from training, and promote muscle growth.
In this post, I'll breakdown my steps and why each ingredient has found its place in my coffee cup. Give it a shot, adjust to your needs, and let me know what you think. If you use another beverage to start your day that you've found good success with, I'd love to hear about it in the comment section. Read on to learn all about my Super Coffee.
-Ground cocoa nibs OR a few squares of extra dark chocolate
-Chocolate whey protein
-Hemp protein powder
-Sole water OR just pink sea salt
-Ground black pepper
-Lion's Mane mushroom powder
Note: Ingredient measurements will be approximate. Adjust to your own needs.
I start by boiling water. Easy enough. Hold off on pouring the water just yet. Next, I start with ground cocoa nibs, which are whole cocoa beans that are bitter to taste but a great chocolatey treat for teas, coffee, on deserts, or just by the handful. I grind mine up all at once with my Ninja Blender, and then store the grinds in a large mason jar.
I pour maybe a half to one tablespoon into the cup, this way I have some actual cocoa nibs in my drink at all time that I'll enjoy towards the end of my drink. I like to think it's constantly enriching my hot beverage all the while.
Next, add a scoop of whey protein. Then, if your adding butter, drop in a tablespoon or so. I love butter in my coffee and do this to get fat calories first thing in the morning. It does wonders for the overall texture and flavor. This is my "cream" to the coffee, since I don't really use any true diary products to my drink.
You can also go ahead and add a super small "splash" of sole water or a "dash" of pink sea salt. Sole water is made by taking a small to medium sized mason jar, filling it a quarter way with sea salt, and then filling the rest with water. Shake it and let it dissolve for one day. A little salt in the morning reups your electrolytes and kick starts osmosis in the body, as the positive ions in the salt reacts with the negative ions in the water and becomes more easily absorable in the body. Pink sea salt also has dozens of trace essential minerals.
Add approximately a 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric. This is great for inflammation, immune health, and is generally regarded as a super food (much like ginger and garlic). At this point, I often add a small amount of ground black pepper to the mix, as this helps the body absorb certain minerals, turmeric especially, but I'm sure it helps for other ingredients used here.
Add a dash your cinnamon for taste (and for the health benefits of cinnamon of course). I use about 1/2 a tablespoon of monkfruit to sweeten the beverage. Like Stevia, Monkfruit won't cause a spike in insulin (it has a zero score on the glycemic index), has antioxidents, and zero calories. Takes some getting use to but by far a smarter, healthier choice to sugar, which, on an empty stomach in the morning, is not what you want to put in your system.
From here, I like to go ahead and save the last three ingredients and pour the boiled water onto what is in the cup now. Pssssssssssshh. That was the water going into the cup, complete with steam. Now, put in your steeper or coffee filter, whatever works for you and doesn't cause a mess, and place about 1 to 2 tablespoons of cocoa nibs in the basket to steep for...however long you like! I do about five minutes.
Still with me? Okay, now is the time I add my coffee grounds. I'm using Cavemen coffee for this recipe, but you can use whatever you like. I let the coffee steep 2-3 minutes, then dump the basket of cocoa and coffee in the trash.
Next, I add the last three ingredients. Why do I wait to add them last? Well, maybe it's just my thinking, but I feel these ingredients probably breakdown at boiling heat, so I like to let the drink cool a little to get the most out of them. Maybe it doesn't make any difference, but it doesn't hurt to add them last, so I do.
I put about 1 tablespoon of collagen peptides (for skin health, bone and joint function, and possibly muscle mass and heart health, among other potential benefits), followed by 1 teaspoon of creatine, then 1/2 to 1 tablespoon of Lion's Mane mushroom powder, a growing popular superfood with huge medical applications in Asian countires. As stated by Healthline, Lion's Mane "contains bioactive substances that have benefical effects on the body, especially the brain, heart and gut."
Using an immersion hand blender, I then blend all these ingredients together for about 30 seconds. Now, all you have left to do is enjoy your labors. Drink up, it's good for you!