Wellness With Courtnie Goes To Maui
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Honestly, Maui is so wonderful that you don’t really have to do much planning or research to find beautiful beaches or fresh local food. There is something incredible to see around every corner! Here I’ve compiled a list of where we stayed, ate and explored. Before any trip I like to star all the places I want to go on google maps. This way I can get a clear picture of where things are.

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Stay

For our first night in Maui, we stayed at a wonderful little AirBnB in Kihei called The Mango Tree Studio. It was clean, super cute and walking distance to the beach. We loved having a kitchen to cook in, make matcha in and relax in without having to see other tourists at every turn. I honestly wish I would have taken more pictures of the place because it was decorated to perfection. One of the highlights from our stay here was going for an early morning walk to admire the neighborhood charm. All the homes are unique, colorful and have yards filled with beautiful tropical flowers and fruit trees. If you’re traveling to Maui and would rather stay in an AirBnB instead of one of the big resorts, I can’t recommend this one enough! It’s perfect for a solo traveler or a couple.

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Next we headed to The Grand Wailea. This was probably one of the nicest resorts I’ve ever stayed at! It had everything you could ever want in a resort including an amazing gym, spa, a flower lei greeting upon arrival, free morning yoga, restaurants, beach access, multiple pools and even a lazy river. The service was outstanding and we really couldn’t have asked for more.

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Road To hana

If you love a good outdoor adventure day then you MUST drive The Road To Hana while visiting Maui. If you want to drive the entire stretch it will take almost an entire day (depending on how many stops you want to make) but it’s a day well spent indeed. I recommend getting an early start. We hit the road at 6 am and even that didn’t give us enough time to see everything. We downloaded the Maui Shaka Guide App which uses GPS to give you turn by turn audio directions to each must see stop. The app costs about $8 but is extremely helpful and worth every penny. Below is a list of my favorite stops.

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Ke’anae Peninsula - This was our first stop on The Road To Hana. We got out to stretch our legs, check out the old stone church and watch the waves crash on the rocks. I went for a little frolic in the field in front of the church to get my blood pumping before we got back in the car for more driving. It was lovely.

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Makapipi Falls- There are tons of beautiful waterfalls along the road to Hana. It would be almost impossible to see them all in one day, so we chose to stop at a few that are easier to access. Makapipi Falls was one of our favorites. It’s a very short walk from the road and we noticed that there weren’t many other tourists stopping here, definitely a win win!

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Black Sand Beach - Located in the Waianapanapa State Park, this black sand beach is a must see on the Road to Hana. We didn’t spend a whole lot of time here because it was quite crowded but it’s definitely worth a stop.

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Red Sand Beach - Making it to the red sand beach was on the top of my priority list for this trip. Pictures do no justice here. It was so beautiful I may have actually teared up a bit. Finding this beach can be a little tricky which is why I highly recommend getting the Shaka Guide App to get exact directions.

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Coconut Glen’s - Now this was a real treat. Roadside dairy free, vegan coconut ice cream. When we drove by on our way down it wasn’t open yet and I was worried that we wouldn't get to try it. Luckily they were open on our way back. I got the original coconut flavor and Nate got the lilikoi flavor. Both were spectacular!

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Koki Beach Park - Another beautiful beach that is easy to access.

Hiking

Lahaina Pali Trail - We loved this hike! I recommend getting there as early as possible. It was absolutely beautiful at sunrise. There is no shade on the trail so I can imagine it gets pretty hot mid day. This hike is about 5 miles round trip and moderately challenging. You’ll want sturdy hiking shoes for this because the trail is very rocky and uneven. At the top you’ll find breathtaking views and massive wind turbines. Very cool!

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Big Beach - If you’re traveling to Maui you MUST watch at least one sunset at Big Beach. The water is crystal clear, the sand is soft and the beach is massive. You can easily find a quiet place to sit and watch without having loads of other tourists around you. There is also a cliff you can easily climb to see a beautiful view of the entire beach.

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Eats

There’s no shortage of fresh and delicious food options on Maui. After a lot of research and some great recommendations from you guys, I put together a list of must try restaurants. I am happy to report back that I made it to almost all of them and none of them disappointed!

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Baya Bowls - Located in Lahaina, this little food truck serves up fresh acai bowls and smoothies. I got mine with kiwi, mango and bee pollen and Nate got his with peanut butter and goji berries.

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a’a Roots - Also located in Lahaina, this cafe serves the most beautiful vegan dishes. Seriously, I wanted to try everything on their menu because it all looked so pretty! I got the burrito bowl which was massive and loaded with black beans, rice, veggies, cashew creme sauce, edible flowers and a generous serving of avocado (just how i like it).

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Alchemy - I had my favorite meal at this cafe and kombucha bar. Their fish tacos were INCREDIBLE! Everything is made fresh and the staff is super nice and friendly.

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The View from our table.

The View from our table.

The Mill House - This place blew us away! Located on the Maui Tropical Plantation, The Mill House is a farm-to-table restaurant using organic ingredients, many of which come straight from the plantation. It’s a good idea to make a reservation because it can get pretty busy. We were able to walk in without a reservation and get seated right away, but we arrived at a slower time (around 3pm). Their cocktails are a must try! Made with organic fruit juices and cold-pressed organic sugar cane, they’re refreshing, unique and only lightly sweet. Pretty much everything I look for in a good cocktail. For our appetizer we got the chicken bao buns and for our main course we shared the squash pizza and the bone marrow with taro leaf risotto. Such a treat!

Monkeypod Kitchen - Another great farm-to-table restaurant that supports local and sustainable organic farming with locations in Kihei and Lahaina. Get the fish tacos, the coco corn chowder and one of their famous Mai Tai’s.

Down To Earth - This is our favorite health food store to visit while in Hawaii! They have an organic salad bar as well as a hot bar with delicious and healthy Hawaiian dishes. Not to mention all the healthy snacks you could ever want. We even found our favorite Eating Evolved Coconut Cups there! We stopped here before we drove the Road to Hana to grab a salad and snacks for lunch since there aren’t many food options along the way.

Whole Foods - Located near the airport, we stopped here the first night to pick up ingredients to make dinner and breakfast the next morning (since we had a kitchen for a night we wanted to take advantage). We also picked up a few snacks and other essentials. We grabbed a ton of local fruit, veggies, potatoes, organic eggs, grass-fed beef, crackers, smoked salmon, almond milk and ice.

Hawaiian Moons - Another local health food store located in Kihei. We stopped here to pick up some local produce. They also have a salad, juice and smoothie bar.

Choice Health Bar - Located in Lahaina and Paia, Choice serves fresh organic juices, smoothies, salads, sushi rolls and other locally made goodies.

Akamai Coffee Co - Super cute and hip little coffee shop located in Kihei. Go here for the best matcha latte on the island!

Barefruit Bar - This little shop serves smoothies bowls out of a pineapple! Enough said.

ALL the local tropical fruits. So pretty!

ALL the local tropical fruits. So pretty!

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Rental Car

Everything I've listed here is pretty spread out location wise. If you plan to do a lot of exploring, you’ll want to rent a car. We rented through Discount Hawaii Car Rental. They make the process super easy and the prices aren’t bad.

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Road Trips Eats

One of our favorite things to do is go on long road trips to new places. We love to make little stops along the way to explore new towns, stretch, walk around and just get outside of the car. This helps to break things up a bit and makes the overall road trip more enjoyable. Often times there isn't anything but fast food and chain restaurants along those long stretches of road. I'd rather not have to stop and eat at Mc Donalds, so I put in a little extra effort to pack an ice chest full of snacks and meals that I enjoy eating and won't make me feel any less than my regular, energized self. On our last road trip to Big Sur we took things to the extreme and cooked most of our meals instead of eating at restaurants. At times it felt a little stressful, but at the end of the day we saved money and got to eat the food we love instead of compromising for low quality, over priced restaurant food. This method of travel may not be for everyone, but it was a fun little experiment to see if we could cook our homemade meals on the road. Take as little or as much from this as you want, but just know that it IS very possible to eat healthy and stay on routine while away from home. 

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Tools & Utensils 

  • 2 forks + 2 spoons

  • 2 bowls

  • 2 mason jars

  • 2 stainless steal straws

  • handheld electric whisk

  • cutting board

  • large platter

  • 1 sharp knife

  • mandolin slicer

  • 1 medium sized cast iron skillet

  • 1 medium sized pot

  • 2 hydro flasks (one for coffee and one for water)

  • 1 fold out table (if camping)

  • Coleman Table Top Burner

  • 5 gallon water jug with dispenser (if camping)

  • dish sponge 

  • large ice chest

  • large plastic bin (for utensil storage)

Tacos we made using ground beef, veggies, avocado and Siete tortillas.

Tacos we made using ground beef, veggies, avocado and Siete tortillas.

The view from our campsite kitchen set up :)

The view from our campsite kitchen set up :)

Food & Drinks

  • matcha powder
  • Vital Proteins to-go collagen sticks
  • Bulletproof Brain Octane Oil
  • almond milk
  • Chia seed pudding (pre-made and stored in a 32 oz mason jar)
  • Fresh fruit- strawberries, blueberries, cherries, oranges, raspberries, kiwi, bananas, etc
  • granola
  • nut butter
  • coconut yogurt
  • grilled chicken (pre made)
  • avocado oil
  • lemons
  • salt & pepper
  • Siete Tortillas 
  • grass-fed ground beef
  • tomatoes, onion, cilantro
  • chips
  • Simple Mills crackers
  • salami
  • smoked salmon 
  • avocado 
  • mixed nuts
  • fresh veggies for dipping (carrots, cucumber, radish, cherry tomatoes, celery)
  • Hummus
  • soft boiled eggs
  • raw eggs
  • organic bacon
  • Banza Pasta 
  • greens- arugula, spinach, romaine 
  • gluten free bread
  • micro greens
  • pickled onion
  • eating evolved chocolate 
  • bulletproof bars
  • 32 oz fresh grapefruit and cucumber juice 
  • limes
  • ice

We packed all of our tools and utensils into a big plastic box, making it easier to transport from the car to our campsite/hotel room. I always make sure to bring all the fixings to make my morning matcha. I've found it impossible to find a restaurant or coffee shop that makes one that's up to my standards (they are often too sweet or not blended correctly). I used my trusty handheld whisk to blend mine in a mason jar. For breakfasts we alternated between chia pudding with fresh fruit, eggs, bacon and big salads. We snacked on a ton of fresh veggies and fruit, coconut yogurt with granola, bulletproof bars and soft boiled eggs. For lunch we had grilled chicken salads with pecans, avocado and apple slices. For dinner one night we had tacos with chips and guacamole and Banza pasta with veggies another night. I like to enjoy a homemade cocktail while on vacation so I brought a mason jar filled with freshly juiced grapefruit and cucumber that i mixed with organic vodka, lime juice and ice. We brought a 5 gallon glass jug with a dispenser on it for drinking water and also for washing dishes at our campsite. 

We love making meat and veggie plates! This is a fun and easy snack. All you need is a large plate, a sharp knife and any fresh fruit, veggies, meats, mixed nuts or cheeses. 

We love making meat and veggie plates! This is a fun and easy snack. All you need is a large plate, a sharp knife and any fresh fruit, veggies, meats, mixed nuts or cheeses. 

Grilled chicken salad with romaine lettuce, pecans, micro greens, avocado, salt and pepper. 

Grilled chicken salad with romaine lettuce, pecans, micro greens, avocado, salt and pepper. 

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Everyday Kitchen Staples

The grocery store can be a pretty overwhelming place. Especially with all the health trends these days. It can be hard to navigate what you really need and what is just extra. I think this is different for everyone but I can confidently say that I've found a handful of items that are absolutely non-negotiable in my kitchen. If I don't have even one of these things I'll usually make a trip to the grocery store. Most of the items on this list are real foods in their purest form, but there are also a small handful of supplements and extras that I find to be highly effective and extremely beneficial for me. Meaning I've been using them on a daily basis for months and can honestly say that they have made a difference in my health. Below I list all of my must have items and then I lay out how I use them in a typical day. 

Must Have Items

  • Water
  • Matcha green tea powder. Brands I love: ippodo tea, Aiya Matcha, My Matcha Life
  • Bulletproof Brain Octane Oil
  • Vital Protiens Collagen Peptides 
  • Almond milk
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Hilary's Eat Well Veggie Burgers
  • Avocado
  • Grass-fed ghee 
  • Pasture raised eggs
  • Greens- I alternate between spinach, arugula, kale, romaine and chard
  • Crunchy veggies for dipping (cucumber, carrots, tomato, radish)
  • Micro greens and sprouts
  • Fermented cabbage 
  • Organic/grass-fed meat. I buy directly from the farmer and alternate between ground beef, bison, chicken, lamb and bacon. I try to always have one or two options on hand per week
  • Avocado oil. I like Primal Kitchen and Chosen Foods
  • Lemon
  • Organic sea salt and pepper
  • Dips. I always try to have one or two dip options to add to bowls, toast, etc. I like Kite Hill almond cream cheese, Majestic Garlic Hummus and Better Bean Co bean dips
  • Co Yo Coconut Yogurt
  • Eating Evolved Chocolate
  • Cacao powder
  • Chia seeds

Morning Staples

-I start every morning with a large glass of room temperature water. Sometimes with lemon but usually just plain old water. We have a water delivery service that delivers 5 gallon bottles to us every couple of weeks. This has been extremely convenient considering the large amount of water we drink. It's also a major goal of mine to limit any and all plastic bottle purchase.

-Next up is my favorite time of day. Matcha time! My go to recipe is simple, 1 tsp matcha powder, 1 tbsp Brain Octane Oil and 1 scoop collagen peptides mixed with 12oz of water and 4oz of nut milk, blended then poured over ice. I find that the protein in the collagen powder and the healthy fats in the brain octane oil keep my blood sugar levels feeling really stable. 

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Afternoon Staples

-I always listen to my body and eat when I feel hungry. With my current routine, that typically isn't until 10:30 or 11am. Going longer in between meals has worked wonders for my digestion,  I no longer suffer from any of the stomach issues I once had.  When I start to feel hungry I'll usually make a big breakfast bowl with lots of organic greens, eggs, avocado, and a carb source (usually roasted sweet potatoes.) This mid day meal always has me feeling full and satisfied for hours. I've found that limiting my sugar intake for the first half of the day keeps my energy levels and my appetite really stable. 

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Afternoon Snacks

-If I'm still feeling hungry a couple hours after lunch or just want a mid day pick me up I'll usually make myself a protein rich chocolate milk. This recipe is low in sugar yet satisfies my mid day sweet tooth every time. 

- Sliced veggies like cucumber, carrots, cherry tomatoes and radishes with hummus dip

-If I'm still feeling hungry or if I have a really active day i'll make a chia seed pudding with coconut yogurt, nut butter and berries.

 

PROTEIN chocolate Milk

14 oz nut milk

2 tbsp cacao powder

1 scoop collagen powder

1 tsp maple syrup or honey

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Evening Staples

- I work evening shifts most nights so I like to have ingredients on hand that are really easy to prepare and don't take much time. My go-to post work meal is grass fed ground beef with romaine lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, lots of micro greens, Kite Hill cream cheese and a Hilary's veggie patty. 

- I enjoy a little dessert almost every night. I still like to keep it fairly low in sugar, I'll have a piece of Eating Evolved dark chocolate or coconut cups dipped in almond butter or if I'm feeling hungry still I'll have chia pudding with chocolate and coconut yogurt (if I didn't already have some earlier in the day)

 

Having these items on hand ensures that I can always whip up a homemade meal that is balanced and packed with nutrients. Most of my meals are simple and take little very little preparation. Simplicity is key!

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Skincare - The basics
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First and foremost I think its really important to mention that I believe the way we look on the outside is a direct reflection of the way we care for ourselves on the inside. I've seen the most drastic changes in the health of my skin through a healthy diet and drinking TONS of good clean water. 

With that being said, I do love a good skincare routine. I've always been interested in trying new products and testing what works and what doesn't. Recently, I've been shifting to a more all natural, non-toxic range of beauty products. I would consider myself an amateur when it comes to clean beauty, but I've found a few products and practices that really work for me. 

 

Facial Cupping

Facial cupping uses small suction cups to move fluid along lymphatic pathways, lifting and massaging facial tissue. I try to facial cup 2-3 times a week for about 10 minuets. I bought my cupping set on Amazon for $12. 

Benefits

  • increases oxygen-rich blood circulation to the skin
  • relaxes facial muscle tension
  • strengthens the skin and connective tissue
  • promotes lymphatic drainage 
  • relieves sinus pressure and congestion

How to

  1. cover face and neck with your favorite oil. I used Acure Seriously Glowing Serum
  2. squeeze suction cup, place at the base of your ear and move down your neck
  3. move up to your chin and across your jaw line
  4. move upwards to your cheek bones and pull outward 

  5. sweep across your forehead 

Jade Rolling

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I absolutely love my jade roller. I use it almost everyday. I like to store it in the freezer and roll it across my cheekbones, over my jaw and under my eyes first thing in the morning starting towards the middle of my face and moving up and outward.

Benefits

  • improves skin elasticity

  • reduces under-eye darkness
  • increases circulation and decreases inflammation 
  • eases jaw tension
  • promotes lymphatic drainage 
  • feels great!

Sleep

Getting at least 8 hours of sleep each night is a crucial part of my skincare routine. I do my best to sleep on my back to avoid causing premature wrinkles from forming. I recommend investing in a silk pillow case for times when you can't help but turn over and sleep with your face on the pillow. Unlike cotton, which draws moisture from your skin, silk is naturally hydrating. 

Exfoliation 

One of the most important steps to acheive glowing skin is regular exfoliation. Exfoliating removes dead skin cells from the top layer of the skin which promotes faster cell turnover, enabling new healthy skin cells to grow. It also allows serums and moisturizers to absorb into your skin better.

Muslin cloth

These lightweight pieces of woven cotton fabric are a perfect way to gently exfoliate the skin daily. I use mine to remove cleanser and face masks. Gently massage the cloth over the skin to buff away dead skin cells, dirt, excess oil and leftover makeup. 

Tata Harper Regenerating cleanser

I use this cleanser 3-4 times a week for gentle exfoliation. It has a light citrusy scent and feels amazing on the skin. Very regenerating indeed!

Tata Harper resurfacing mask

This mask is a bit of a splurge but it works wonders. It's a 100% all natural beta-hydroxy mask that works like a peel to remove surface debris and dead skin cells for an instant glow, smaller pores and smoother texture. I use it once or twice a week.

Other products I love

 

 

 

Fresh Fruit Cocktails

I love a good homemade cocktail, I often opt for having drinks at home before going out to ensure that I get a tasty drink with some added health benefits, while avoiding high prices and lots of added sugars. I like to use lots of lemon and lime plus freshly juiced fruits and veggies for added nutrients. 

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Carrot orange margarita

For this recipe you will have leftover juice, you can store it in the fridge in an airtight container for up to a week. 

-4 large carrots

-2 large oranges

-2 limes

-1 oz tequila 

-water

-ice

-fresh carrots, rosemary and lime slices for garnish (optional)

Directions 

In a juicer, juice carrots, limes and oranges. Fill a glass jar with ice, tequila, 1/2 cup juice mix and water. Stir well and garnish with fresh carrot sticks, rosemary and lime slices. 

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Watermelon Lime Refresher

-1/2 cup fresh watermelon juice

-juice of 1/2 lime + slices for garnish

-1 oz organic vodka

-water

-ice

-fresh thyme for garnish (optional)

Directions

Fill a 16oz mason jar with with ice, add watermelon juice, lime juice and vodka. Fill the remainder of the jar with water and stir well. Garnish with thyme and lime slices. 

 

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Grapefruit Cucumber Refresher

-1 large grapefruit 

-1 large cucumber

-2 limes

-5 strawberries 

-1/4 cup kombucha or water

-1 oz organic ginger infused vodka 

-ice

Directions

Peel grapefruit, cucumber and limes. In a juicer, juice grapefruit, cucumber, limes and strawberries. Fill a 16 oz mason jar with ice, vodka and kombucha or water. Fill remainder of the jar with juice mixture and stir well. Garnish with grapefruit slices and fresh basil (optional)

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Strawberry Mint margarita 

-5 strawberries 

-juice of 1 lime

-1 oz tequila 

-water

-1 tsp maple syrup or honey

-ice 

directions 

Muddle strawberries in the bottom of a glass mason jar. Fill jar with ice, lime juice, tequila, maple syrup and water. Stir well and enjoy!

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Pomegranate Lime

1/4 cup pomegranate juice

juice of 1/2 lime

1/4 cup sparkling water 

1 tbsp fresh pomegranate seeds

2 sprigs rosemary

1 oz organic vodka

Ice

 

Cinnamon Pear

1/4 cup pear juice + slices for garnish

1/2 lemon (juiced)

1 cinnamon stick

1/4 cup  sparkling water 

1 oz organic vodka or bourbon 

1 spring rosemary 

Ice

 

Blood Orange Turmeric Lime

1/4 cup fresh grapefruit juice 

1 small blood orange (sliced for garnish)

1/2 inch piece turmeric (juiced)

1/4 cup sparkling water

Juice of 1 small lime

1 oz organic vodka or tequila

Ice  

Bulletproof Coffee
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Everything you've heard about bulletproof coffee is true. It kills cravings, aids in weight loss, boosts cognitive function and tastes buttery and amazing. Two key ingredients for your morning bulletproof are Bulletproof brand Brain Octane Oil and grass fed ghee or butter. Brain Octane is a strain of coconut oil containing caprylic acid. The body rapidly metabolizes caprylic acid into ketones that the brain can use for instant energy without the need for glucose from sugar or carbs. Grass fed butter or ghee helps neutralize acidity in coffee making it easier on the gut lining and it's high fat content feeds the brain increasing focus and mental clarity. While these two ingredients make your drink "bulletproof", the possibilities for other add-ins are endless. Some of my favorite things to add to my morning drink are collagen protein, cinnamon and adaptogens like ashwagandah, maca and cacao powder. 

Bulletproof Latte

-16 oz Bulletproof Coffee

-1 tbsp Brain Octane Oil

-1 tsp grass fed ghee

-1 scoop collagen protein 

-1/4 tsp cinnamon 

Blend and enjoy!

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