Why I Quit Coffee And My Collagen Matcha Recipe

As a kid, I suffered from chronic stomach aches. I don't know when they developed, but at a young age you don't really think about what food or certain ingredients can do to you, and so I never really considered something that I loved so much—coffee—could really be bad for me.

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It wasn't until the beginning of 2017 when my stomach aches reached an all time high in frequency, pain, and duration, usually setting in after a long and stressful day. They seemed directly related to work stress, back when I worked as a Copy Supervisor at a pharmaceutical advertising agency.

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I couldn't change my work schedule yet, so I looked towards the things I could control—mainly my diet—to make a change.

Bed head life am I right?

Bed head life am I right?

Around that time, cold brew had just become the hottest trend, and they were talking about how it was 60-some percent less acidic than drip coffee.

That's when I think I realized that coffee could be the culprit in my long battle with stomach aches. Maybe it was even the fun combination of stress + acidic coffee = stomach ache.

Either way, there was only true way to find out, so I decided I would try to cut coffee out. For good.

Match buying tip: In general, you'll want to purchase one from Japan, rather than China. I've tried many matchas from China, and they just don't have the same bright and vivid color, taste, or consistency.

Match buying tip: In general, you'll want to purchase one from Japan, rather than China. I've tried many matchas from China, and they just don't have the same bright and vivid color, taste, or consistency.

But, I wouldn't quit caffeine. One day I was in midtown when I walked by a place called Ippodo Tea Co, a place that to this day provides the most authentic matcha tea experience I've ever had in New York. Ippodo only has one location outside of Japan, and this is it. 

Now, everyone and their mother drinks matcha. But back then, it was as new to me as everyone else.

Matcha—the drink of the Samurai.

Matcha—the drink of the Samurai.

I loved that matcha gave me a "zen-like" focus, without the jitters that come with a cup of coffee. Plus, I read that matcha was the drink of the Japanese Samurai who believed it prepared them mentally before battle. As a fencer myself, it felt like a natural fit. 

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Over the last year and some months, I think I've perfected my morning matcha concoction, including finding multiple protein powders that work well with the matcha flavor.

In general, matcha flavor pairs well with vanilla. Chocolate, not so much.

Vital Proteins Unflavored Collagen Peptides

Vital Proteins Unflavored Collagen Peptides

I'll do one of two different combinations:

1. 1/2 scoop Vital Proteins Matcha Collagen + 1/2 scoop Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides

OR

2. 1 scoop Ancient Nutrition Bone Broth Collagen in vanilla + 1 teaspoon Nature's Blueprint Ceremonial Grade Japanese Matcha

I'll blend either recipe up in my Magic Bullet with a cup of hot water, some almond milk creamer from Califa (for a natural sweetener), and top it off with a sprinkle of cinnamon for blood sugar. 

Yum! <3