This vanilla cardamom milk is one of my most fav drinks. And it’s soo easy to whip up…which is one of the best parts.
What makes this Vanilla Cardamom Milk so special?
- Contains glycine and proline in the collagen which helps supports healthy joint integrity.
- Helps to support healthy skin and hair
- It’s comforting and the cardamom really gives this drink an amazing awakening aroma
What kind of collagen do I use?
I really like the grass-fed collagen by Vital Proteins. It doesn’t have a taste that is detectable at all. I’ve had some other kinds of collagen, like the ones from Neocell, and although people seem to like them, I can definitely taste the collagen – which sometimes can have a little bit of a musty aroma…but not everyone can tell, so it just depends on each and every person. I also like that the Vital Proteins mixes and dilutes very well into liquids and doesn’t seem to leave a lot of chunks floating around. I’ve tried countless other collagens, (Dr. Axe, Primal Kitchen, Bulletproof…) and so far I like VP the best. I feel the effects of the vital proteins collagen more than Bulletproof’s collagen, which doesn’t come from grass-fed cows…for now at least (the tubs). Joints feel a little better, and skin definitely glows the next day!
Anything else I need to know?
- Yes, I like to use whole cardamom seed because it’s usually best to have herbs in their whole form and to break them down right before you consume them. Having it in the whole form preserves all of its essential oils and other benefits before they are exposed to the air and oxidized – this oxidation also makes them less aromatic, especially over time. I always try to buy herbs in whole form if at all possible, however, I have also tried the decorticated cardamom, as well as powdered cardamom, and those work well. It may be because cardamom is somewhat of a strong spice, so it may still maintain good aroma even in its powdered form. If you use the pods, you can crush them ( I use a mortar & pestle) and put them in a strainer or tea bag. If you use decorticated cardamom (cardamom seeds with the pod removed), you can just crush them (I use the m&p) and add them directly to the milk.
- Add the collagen to the milk when the milk is room temp or cold, but not piping hot! Sometimes the collagen will not dissolve properly if added immediately to hot liquids.
- You can use any plant-based milk you like. If you would like fewer calories, you can do 1/2 milk, 1/2 water.
- If you are looking for a really good vanilla extract Neilsen-Massey is some of the best.
- You can use any kind of sugar substitute you would like. If you are going to use Stevia, I really like Nu Naturals because it does not have the bitter aftertaste that some stevias may have.
- If you want really good froth on top, and for everything to mix perfectly, you can check out this bomb-a$$ handheld frother. I use it for almost every drink.