Collagen Boosted Hot Cacao with Davina Harilela

Updated: Aug 24, 2018

Wellness 360 got together with Davina Harilela, Holistic Health Coach, to make a few of her key juices & health tonics. She recreated a few of her recipes with us at Maggie & Rose Hong Kongto illustrate why key ingredients are so important as well as highlighting the “ingredients-of-the-moment” and how to use them. 

For each recipe we use Lily FLD’s 100% Sustainable, Biodegradable Drinking Straws. In particular, we use the Bio-Pot Drinking Straws, which are made from potato starch fibres. The potato starch straws are compostable in ideal conditions within 60 days; in landfills they take 18-21 months to break down without leaving behind any residue.

Collagen Boosted Hot Cacao


  • 1 cup oatly milk

  • 1 heaping teaspoon of cacao powder

  • 1 scoop of vital proteins marine collagen

  • Raw vanilla powder & coconut flakes to garnish 

  • Optional: 1tsp maple syrup or 1-2 drops stevia for sweetness.  


  • Place 1 tsp of raw cacao in mug and add 2 tablespoons hot to boiling water. Stir until mixed thoroughly.  

  • Heat up one cup of oatly milk and add 1 scoop of vital proteins collage powder.  

  • Add milk to hot cacao.  Foam with a handheld frothier.  

  • In a separate pan, heat up unsweetened coconut flakes until golden brown.  

  • Garnish with coconut flakes and vanilla powder.     

Davina telling Abby from Maggie & Rose why collagen is important


This is great drink to have in the evening before bed.  Raw cacao is loaded with antioxidants (more than 20 times that of blueberries), can improve heart health, cholesterol, stress levels and inflammation.  Oat milk is another newcomer to the dairy free milk scene for the lactose intolerant- it adds a rich creamy flavor to the raw cacao.  If you’re coeliac or gluten intolerant you may want to refrain from oat milk and opt instead for coconut or almond milk. 

This is another fun way of adding collagen to your diet. Collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies and is found in muscles, skin, blood vessels, and tendons.  As we age collagen production declines- adding it to our diet can help to improve the health of our skin, nails and hair. If you have leaky gut, it is also beneficial to add collagen to your diet.  Leaky gut syndrome is associated with food allergies, food sensitivities, and other autoimmune diseases. Collagen soothes the gut lining by infusing it with amino acids thereby improving digestion.  

Davina HarilelaDavina has over 10 years of corporate experience working in a high-stress environment where she dealt with a range of health issues. She has a strong desire to help people discover their health potential, feel good from the inside out and develop mind-body awareness. Davina’s passion is to educate and inspire overwhelmed men and women to live a simple, healthy and sustainable lifestyle that works best for them. Davina received her health coach training from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN). She is also a Hatha Yoga Instructor (RYT-200) and a member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF). In addition to coaching, Davina also offers practical workshops on a range of health topics, loves to experiment with healthy recipes and incorporates easy movement, yoga, meditation and breathing techniques into her client tailored solutions.


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