Collagen, it’s been everywhere lately. From lattes to broths and everything in between. What is collagen exactly? It’s a combination of (but not a complete protein) amino acids that help construct muscle, bone, cartilage, skin, hair, and connective tissue. Factually our bodies produce collegan but it declines we age, so I wanted to find a plant based collagen (was that even possible?) Most edible collagen is not plant-based; they are typically obtained from animal bone/animal cartilage.
Anima Mundi Apothecary formulated a Plant Based Collagen Powder, made with botanicals such as horsetail and nettles which helps build the body’s own natural production of collagen with collagen co-nutrients such as silica and calcium. This blend of Anima Mundi’s Vegan Collagen is completely plant-based. I like that these blend of herbs are meant to help your body boost its production of collagen. Since plants like stinging nettles and horsetail naturally contain calcium and silica, it’s a botanically convenient way to add a boost (remember, our body naturally makes collagen!) The human body creates its own collagen so adding nutrients that will help* slow down your loss of collagen
A quick rundown some of the herbs + botanicals in the Plant Based Collagen powder
Horsetail: a relative of fern, the horsetail plant contains notably high amounts of silica (Maryland MD) which is important because Silica is a trace mineral found in bones, teeth, skin, eyes, glands and organs. It’s also a major constituent of collagen, which helps keep skin elastic. Silica works in conjunction with calcium to maintain bone strength. (source) reminder that horsetail is best consumed in small amounts
Stinging Nettles: a perennial weed that is high in amino acids, calcium, folic acid, iron, magnesium, manganese, and potassium. Studies have linked nettle and its components with helping alleviate joint pain (University of MI)
He Shou Wu/Fo-Ti: an herb deriving from Asia that some scientific studies have credited with anti-asthma alleviation, stimulating hair growth, and contains iron & zinc. (source)
Now that it’s winter, all I want are warm mugs and candlelight to accompany it. At night the weather drops and it’s so nice to catch the chance to unwind and find cozy comforts any way you can. It’s a little new year goal I (always) have to read more, so having a soothing drink to imbibe makes that thoroughly enjoyable!
Here I made a creamy + dreamy lavender earl grey latte with Anima Mundi’s Plant Based Collagen – it’s not often you come across lavender in the wild, read cafes, but when you do it’s really a wonderful flavor component – almost heavenly. The Plant Based Collagen also contains calendula, while its ground into powder you wont necessarily taste it but, its still there. Any chance I can get to imbibe flowers; I’ll gladly take it!
Earl grey tea is my favorite variety of black tea. Typically added with bergamot that makes it less bitter, in my opinion. Adding the Coconut Cream powder makes it full with flavor and richness, from coconuts alone + plus it makes it really nice and frothy when you blend it up!
I love lavender and its scent is absolutely soothing and unique. It’s not overtly floral and very smooth when added to drinks. I used edible (also known as culinary) lavender blossoms to steep with the earl grey tea. The buds are also so pretty to use as a topping – but here I used some other beautiful flower petals to up the hues in this latte!
So with a scoop of the collagen powder, you have a heavenly drink that channels a lavender creamsicle + herbs that are rooted for a treasure trove of repertoire. Visit Anima Mundi for more information on the apothecary + tips and tricks
LAVENDER EARL GREY LATTE ft. ANIMA MUNDI VEGAN COLLAGEN
- 1 cup water brewed with 1 heaping tsp. dried lavender earl grey**
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
- 1 Tbsp. Grade B Maple Syrup
- 1 Tbsp. Anima Mundi Collagen Powder
- 2 Tbsp. Amina Mundi Coconut Creamer
- 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
- 10-14 drops of edible lavender extract
Heat up water until boiling
Brew your tea for 3-5 minutes
Strain in neccessary
Add in Cococnut/Non Dairy milk of choice
Add collagen powder, Coconut Creamer, lavender extract & maple syrup
Blend + Enjoy!!
*if you can’t find lavender earl grey in loose leaf form, just use earl grey tea, one bag if not using loose leaf
*Per an RD: real + whole foods have the necessary nutrients that work to promote the production of collagen and protect from environmental damage (sun damage, exposure to smoking, bad air quality) Here’s a list of some food choices to aid with that
*Coconut Cream Powder c/o Anima Mundi Apothecary