Sip Your Nutrients
When we boycott all the pop and sugary drinks from our diet-including sugar-laden caffeine beverages like Starbucks or TimHortons cappuccinos, frappes or IceCapes, you might end up feeling like you don’t have any cool or fun drinks to replace it with. Worry not, there are plenty of beverage options and superfood add-ins to make your next drink not only tasty but also health and beauty boosting.
Coconut Water & Salt Sole
Coconut water is a great hydrator due to containing high levels of the electrolyte potassium. It also contains many other mineral, vitamins and phytochemicals. One way to boost the nutrient power of this tropical drink is to add 1 tsp of salt sole.
A salt sole is made by combining high quality mineral salts with purified water in a glass jar with a plastic, not metal, covering. Over time the water absorbs more and more of the salt, until it is saturated. Thus, taking a teaspoon of this solution everyday gives you minerals from the salt as well as sodium, another electrolyte. However, salt sole may be harder to consume for some due to it’s extreme saltiness, thus making it a good idea to mix in with the sweetness of coconut water.
Matcha Green Tea powder
If you have ever heard of green tea then you probably have heard of matcha green tea powder. Essentially, matcha is the entire leaf used in green tea in powdered form. This way, you are consuming way more of the powerful antioxidant, catechins than with the steeped version.
Secondly, matcha’s high content of chlorophyll helps the body detoxify itself of things like heavy metals, unwanted chemicals and toxins at a cellular level.
Grassfed Collagen Hydrolysate
Bone broth has become more wide-known thanks to exposure from well known health enthusiasts and celebrities. This source of dietary collagen and minerals is something that our ancestors used to consume often as they weren’t so wasteful in throwing away a vital part of the animal.
In our modern diet however, we mostly just consume muscle meats and don’t get cuts that still have the skin and bone. Even then, it would be best to consume bone broth daily for the gelatin and mineral benefits. However, as this is not always possible with our busy lifestyles, grassfed collagen makes a wonderful substitute.
Collagen hydrolysate can be easily mixed into either hot or cold beverages, does not gel like gelatin, and is better to take if you have digestive problems as, not everyone can tolerate gelatin right away.
Probiotics are great for your gut health, and good gut health is necessary for great skin and your health as a whole. One of the most economical, and yummy, ways to intake probiotics on a daily basis is by consuming home-brewed Kombucha.
If you like slightly fizzy drinks with great flavour and you want to avoid the costly store-bought version of Kombucha, opt instead to start making your own. Check out this site https://www.kombuchakamp.com/what-is-kombucha for info on making your own batch or continuous brew with either coconut sugar or quality pure maple syrup.
Chaga Mushroom Tea
Chaga tea is really an amazing wonder drink. It has been noted for it’s benefits in regards to cancer, as well as it’s high antioxidant content, being an immune booster, and working to reduce inflammation.
I have several personal testimonials from people in my life who consume it regularly and testify to it’s health benefits from mood boosting to increasing energy to lessening the appearance of wrinkles and more.
Quality Greens mix
A great way to get a big dose of daily veggies is to consume a quality greens drink. A green drink also gives you a bigger variety of different greens than a regular DIY smoothie and isn’t thick and chunky.
Some good quality brands to choose from include: Biotics NitroGreens, Vital Proteins Collagen Veggie Blend, Vitamineral Green, Green Vibrance, Garden of Life, Amazing Grass, pHresh Greens and Essante Organics.
Note: A smoothie or health drink of any kind is not a meal replacement. Meals should always include a source of quality fat and protein, especially breakfast, which needs to be higher on the fat side, e.g. free-range eggs with grassfed butter.
It is very possible to not only consume health-boosting beverages on a daily basis but to also thoroughly enjoy it. The flavour and yumminess was not lost when you stopped drinking commercial sodas and high sugar beverages but rather, a whole new world of delicious possibilities has opened up. From cool coconut water to iced Kombucha to hot chaga and the other nutrient mix-ins, there are many ways to Sip Your Nutrients.