Drinks

Collagen - Why You Need To Take It? How To Choose The Best? How to Increase Bio-availability?

Hi friends! Hope you’re enjoying a golden autumn as we do here in Denmark.

We've survived bone broth craze, and now is the time to transition to collagen powders.

If both bone broth and collagen sound like something very funky and artificial - stay with me to learn more.

I was raised eating bone broth almost every day from the very early age. In Serbia, where I’m originally from, lunch is the main meal (hopefully it’ll stay that way), where we get to eat bone broth (yes, we actually eat it as a bowl of soup mixed with veggies) before having the main dish. Looking back - I am so grateful for that. In Serbian cuisine, foods rich in collagen and probiotics are the staples - (that’s why people have the most beautiful skin that’s bursting with vitality). You can easily spot ordinary women in their 50s with almost no wrinkles.

Admittedly, I haven’t been making bone broth for quite some time. You know, million excuses. Then I found out about collagen powder. As my requirements for a processed food are not only high, but sky high, it wasn’t that hard to filter out the majority of the brands and find those that make the best products. I looked for organic, pasture raised, pure, unflavoured and easy to assimilate collagen powder with low molecular weight, so it doesn’t clump in cold, warm or hot liquids. On top of it, our bodies absorb hydrolyzed collagen more efficiently.

What is collagen?

Collagen is a protein. It’s a building block of our bodies found in muscles, bones, skin, blood vessels, digestive system, and tendons. Collagen gives your skin elasticity and glues your joints and ligaments. Vitamin C supports collagen synthesis in the body. On the other hand, stress, sugar, and generally poor diet deplete collagen from the body.

If you feel that your face is losing elasticity - try using good quality collagen powder. Don’t forget to supplement with vitamin C or to bring more foods rich in vitamin C into your diet.

Is collagen good only for skin?

Nope! It has a wide variety of uses. It improves skin & hair, strengthens teeth and nails, repairs joints, helps with leaky gut, boosts metabolism and reduces cellulite and stretch marks (I’ll get you informed on that one as I have both). Moreover, collagen helps with detoxing the liver. My favorite cleanse is not a juice cleanse, nor a smoothie cleanse, but a warm bone broth cleanse, that I sometimes do during the winter.

You can place collagen in your coffee, tea, juice, smoothie, cacao, pancakes, muffins, you name it. This time, I experimented by placing collagen directly into my water bottle. I am committed to simplify my life to the bits, so I made it super convenient. And guess what - it turns out to be divinely tasty.

I place a few blueberries into the concoction, shake my bottle and end up having the simplest, energizing and delicious drink for the whole day.

Here are my 3 superfood ideas on how to make superfood collagen waters and get your well-deserved glow back.

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1. Grapefruit and Rosemary Collagen Water

2. Camu Camu and Blackberry Collagen Water

3. Moringa and Lemon Collagen Water


Now, whatever feels overwhelming from this list - take it out. If there is no time to infuse your water, forget about it. Mix the water and collagen only and go. The idea is to make it simple, not to overcomplicate it.

However, little creativity is always an excellent way to spice up your life.

Don’t forget to tag me on your Instagram photo when you make some of these recipes. My handle is @healthy.atelier.

Always remember to DO SIMPLE BETTER I guarantee that going back to basics and perfecting what you already know is more effective then embracing million new things.

Much love,

Marija

A Potent Morning Flush

I learned that there is massive value in mastering the basics

When I caught myself doing all the extraordinary advanced things and not making significant progress, I knew that there was a time for a serious detour which meant - mastering the basics. 

You cannot build the house without a solid base. 

Drink two glasses of plain water upon waking up and brushing your teeth (brush your teeth and clean your tongue first thing in the morning to remove the toxins). Drinking water is a powerful flush for your body. It facilitates digestion and helps eliminate the waste. You'll feel lighter, less bloated or tired.

Stay consistent in your practice and show yourself that you are committed to change. Let's get it straight guys - when working with clients, I quickly see that if they cannot commit to drinking their water, they are still not ready for a more significant change. 

10 SIGNS THAT YOUR BODY LACKS WATER:

- Fatigue, weakness, and dizziness
- Muscle weakness
- Headaches
- Throat burn and constipation
- Cold hands and feet
- Water retention
- Memory and concentration problems
- Pains in muscles and joints
- Dry skin and lips
- Dry mucous membranes

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This post is a reminder. Your body was doing the house cleaning while you were sleeping. You’re now dehydrated. Brush your teeth, and take your water. Drink it plain, without any add-ins such as lemon, lime, turmeric, green powders or ACV. Nada. All these things can come later.

If you'd like to alkalize your body - the first step would be to drink more plain water. Coffee, fruit juices, smoothies, black tea, etc. are not water; they are food. 

TIP: I prepare my 1/2 liter of clear water the night before, so I have a lovely, room temperature hydration upon waking up.

Make sure to load up on veggies and some probiotic afterward to make your gut microbiome thrive. 

Just - Do Simple Better! I know that you can :)

Love You, 
Marija

Beautifying Cacao Latte Recipe

My body adores cacao, and the feel-good effect that it provides. I love cacao in the form of a good quality dark chocolate, or a rich, creamy and healthy drink. For those of you who enjoy eating sweets, but consciously decide to avoid them for various reasons, here is my go-to recipe that will satisfy your desire to indulge, but also provide so much more benefits and encourage your efforts to live healthier. 

Sounds like a fairy tale, right? I know ♥ 

If you want to relax your nervous system - make yourself this cuppa. Good quality cacao is loaded with magnesium which supports your brain, heart, and muscles. If you experience some nasty PMS symptoms - don’t look further either. 

I’m not a fan of the anti-aging concept as it goes against nature’s cycles and carries a negative tone within. For me, graceful aging is more engaging, much more positive and it calls for putting some conscious effort. Protect your DNA from free radical damage by consuming cacao, as it's very rich in antioxidants (more than blueberries, red wine, acai, pomegranate, and goji combined). 

It helps with controlling the weight, anemia, improves immune health and regulates blood sugar. If you are still feeding your kids with chocolate milk, please consider swapping the low-quality commercial version with this home-made bliss that will undoubtedly become a source of goodness for your little ones.

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Ingredients:

1 cup oat milk (of all plant milks, oat milk provides the best bio-availability of protein)
1 tsp coconut oil
2 tsp raw, organic cacao powder
1/2 tsp maca (optional)
pinch of sea salt (Icelandic is the best)
optional sweetener - maple syrup or coconut sugar

Method:

Warm up the milk, but do not exaggerate as it can become thick. Pour it in the blender together with other ingredients. Wizz for 30 seconds. Pour into your favorite cup and enjoy. Optionally add some sweetener to adjust the taste.


Do Simple Better.

Much love,
Marija