I have always been a beverage girl. Hot chocolate, coffee, matcha, juice, teas…. I love my drinks. WINE. lol
I especially like a drink that serves extra health purposes. I don’t like to drink something JUST for the taste of it, I like to know it’s doing some other good-for-me things too.
I like to kill as many birds with one stone as I can. THIS is one of those drinks where I can do that. It’s a drink that focuses on beauty and IMMUNITY (Flu season!) The benefits in this drink are fantastic and drinking it truly tastes like a TREAT. I like a “dessert drink” because I can make it last with slow sips and it’s easier on the digestive track. I love sweets… so this is my VERY healthy alternative. It’s so easy to make and measurements don’t have to be exact!
By the way– nothing (not ONE thing) in this post is sponsored. I just really love this drink and had to share it with you.
***PLEASE consult with your doctor about this. This is NOT medical nor professional advice.
Ingredients and why I chose them:
1. Pau d’Arco tea. This tea actually curbs sugar cravings- I swear to G it works. It has an earthy taste to it. I don’t know if it’s placebo effect or what but I sincerely don’t crave as many sweets when I’m regularly drinking this. Also this tea is INSANELY healing for the body. Anti-inflammatory. Great for blood, stomach issues, candida (they estimate over 65% of people have too much dampness and yeast in their body. Yuck! This tea helps fight that.) It’s simply a VERY powerful tea. I currently like the one by Buddha Teas.
2. A scoop of collagen powder. Collagen is a connective tissue in the body. After age 30, they estimate we lose 1% of collagen a year. Collagen is what keeps things firm and in tact. When I consistently drink collagen, my skin is so much more plumped up and radiant. Retains moisture at a higher rate. Your nails grow stronger. Also collagen is great for your joints and GUT. When you have a cleaner gut- you have cleaner skin! And just a better working body. My favorite collagen powder is by Dr. Axe because it has 5 main types of collagen as opposed to just 2. (Most collagen powders out there only have types 1 and 3 collagen in them. This one has 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. They all do different things.)
3. A little spoonful of Manuka honey. Manuka honey is powerful- it comes from bees in New Zealand that pollinate the native Manuka bush. This honey is HIGH in antibacterial qualities. So high that sterilized manuka honey with a UMF (Unique manuka factor) of 15 can be used to treat open wounds! A UMF of 10 (the one they have at trader joes but there are better options out there) is just where it needs to be to have therapeutic benefits. Infections, warding off bacteria (again, flu season) and promoting healing… that’s manuka honey. Expensive, but a little bit goes a long way and the benefits are soooo good.
4. Topped off with an adaptogen drink like REBBL. This for the the milky consistency! REBBL is my favorite. Every week I pick up one or two of these. All of their drinks are dairy free, DELICIOUS, and have added benefits in them. Like MCT oil, ashwagandha powder, or Reishi extract. MCTs are great for metabolism and adaptogens are botanicals that help your body adapt to stressful situations… or give you energy… or help your adrenal glands do their thang. They basically help balance you out where you need it. And there are different kinds. Adaptogens are GREAT for the mind- this is one reason I am so serious about taking them often. A substitution for REBBL (my fave is the Reishi chocolate and spicy chai) is to use a tiny scoop of adaptogen powder of your choice and a quick splash of milk. Any kind of milk. 😉
I start with Pau d’Arco tea. Brewed for 5ish minutes.
Add a scoop of collagen powder. Stir until dissolved.
Add a baby spoonful (or half) of Manuka honey. Stir until dissolved.
Add a splash of REBBL. (Or add a splash of any kind of milk + a scoop of added adaptogens.)
^^^Why I love REBBL!
So that’s it! That’s my beauty immunity drink! I drink this 3-4X a week during flu and cold seasons. But year long it has tons of benefits so it’s not like it has a shelf life on when it’s effective or not. Hope you enjoyed!!