A warm glass of almond milk, with honey, cinnamon, and collagen: It's a treat; it's an excuse to get a little extra collagen in my diet; it's made of beauty staples I always stock; and it puts me to sleep. Here's how I indulge as the night winds down:
In the Kitchen
A great source of antioxidant vitamin E and calcium, which helps to heal skin and body and produce melatonin. I often make it homemade with a hint of quality vanilla extract, but I also purchase unsweetened originals like Almond Breeze. I'll use coconut milk as a lower carb alternative, depending on my mood.
Raw honey with pollen can help counter allergies, heal the body, is full of antioxidants, releases melatonin in the brain, and tastes so damn good.
Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant rich, the health and flavor perks of cinnamon are endless.
Collagen is what makes babies' cheeks jiggly and pinchable. We sadly lose our pinachability for various reasons, and some believe that consuming collagen has a boatload of benefits, for skin, hair, joins, heart and organ health. Collagen contains glycine, an amino acid that fights inflammation and helps to stimulate neurotransmitters that help induce a deeper sleep. Powdered to bone broth mixed with chocolate or vanilla protein (odd, I know, but the added ingredients and flavor of protein will override any soup-y taste). My favorites can be found below.
A pinch, for its circulation-increasing and detoxifying benefits. Think Mexican hot chocolate.
Remember: bodies after 10pm are better getting their shuteye than they are digesting. Happy beauty sleeping!
My Favorite Collagen:
Dr. Axe makes powdered collagen I trust and openly recommend.
- Dr Axe Organic Bone Broth Protein French Vanilla ($54.95) and Dr Axe Bone Broth Collagen Vanilla: ($37.80) While I sneak his flavorless original in cooked meals, I prefer the vanilla editions of this bone broth-collagen powder for smoothies and drinks. These are a great way to add protein to my day, and the organic version is a bonus.
- Dr. Axe Bone Broth Protein Meal Vanilla Créme ($52.76) and Dr. Axe Bone Broth Protein Vanilla Max ($71.95): these are my go-tos for smoothies. I like to add a scoop of one of these to the collagen mixes above. They not only add extra flavor and are full of protein but they also pack a healthy variety of nutrients, digestive enzymes, and healthy bacteria–– and make a meal replacement drink for those looking to cut corners (in between meals or breakfast on-the-go for me).