So this week has been crazy hectic with moving but I promised I would share what I put into my morning smoothie so here it is!
First of all, I’ve been looking all over for some plant-based protein and Whole Foods had this one on sale and I love it! Even though, I’m lactose-intolerant, whey protein has never bothered me but I just don’t love the idea that it’s sourced from milk.
Collagen, collagen, collagen.
If you haven’t heard of Vital Proteins, you may be living around a rock. But in case you haven’t, here’s why you need to be taking collagen every day:
Collagen is basically the building block of our hair, skin, nails, bones and joints. Our bodies don’t produce enough collagen on their own and our diets don’t contain enough to supplement it the way we need (unless you’re guzzling bone broth at every meal). But taking a collagen supplement daily can provide you these benefits:
A more youthful appearance
Tendon & bone strength
Increased athletic performance
I mean who doesn’t want glowing skin, healthy nails and hair? I’m also all about some gut health.
Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides is odorless and tasteless so you can literally mix it into water if you want. You can put it in hot and cold liquids – I just prefer it in a smoothie, but you could also put it in oatmeal. The suggested serving size is 2 scoops but you only need to take one, unless you’re training for something like a marathon.
The collagen is sourced from grass-fed, pasture-raised bovine to ensure a natural, high quality, sustainable source. It’s gluten-free, dairy-free, hormone-free, non-GMO and preservative free so it passes most dietary restrictions. It’s also Whole 30 and paleo approved.
I never understood the difference between the Collagen Peptides and the Beef Gelatin until a Vital Proteins rep explained to me that the Beef Gelatin has the same benefits but can only be used in hot liquids as it will gelatinize in cold.
I also add bee pollen into my smoothie. I’ve been reading a lot about the benefits of bee pollen and bee propolis lately. Bee pollen actually contains more protein and amino acids than any other protein source, like an egg or beef. It’s great for natural allergy relief and is naturally antibacterial, reduces inflammation and stimulates the immune system. Some of the other amazing benefits are:
Acts as an antioxidant
Protects against liver toxicity
Boosts the immune system, also a natural allergy fighter
Works as a dietary supplement – lengthened the life span of experimental animals
Relieves menopausal symptoms (if you’re at that stage in your life)
Helps relieve stress (and I’m a fan of anything that does so)
Aid in weight loss
P.S. Dr. Axe’s website is the best – he is so knowledgeable and his site has every DIY you could think of as from masks to sunscreen to eyebrow dye.
So here’s the recipe:
1/3 cup raspberries (sometimes with strawberries, cherries, blueberries also)
1/4 cup mangos
Handful of Power Greens from Trader Joe’s (frozen) – includes baby chard, baby spinach, baby kale
Scoop of Garden of Life Raw Organic Plant Based Protein in Vanilla
Scoop of Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
Pinch of bee pollen (I didn’t link because it is supposed to stay refrigerated so you want to buy locally)
Fill Nutribullet cup up 3/4 of the way with water