A few weeks ago, a collagen protein company called Vital Proteins reached out to me to see if I would be interested in trying a couple of their collagen products. My response? Hell yeah! I mean who doesn't want to try new products that are supposed to turn you into a health monster?
But first, what exactly is collagen? In a simplified way, collagen is a protein found in the human body that helps give structure to our hair, nails, skin, bones, ligaments and tendons. But the benefits don't stop there. Collagen has also been shown to boost metabolism, improve sleep, balance hormones, and reduce stress. As we age, however, collagen production naturally declines. And what does that mean? It means dehydrated skin, wrinkles, fragile nails, and achy bones and muscles. Doesn't sound too fun, now does it? But the good news is -- we can actually fight it!
So how do we fight it? By adding more collagen into our diet. It's as simple as that. There are several foods that contain collagen. Here are some examples: bone broth, leafy greens (spinach and kale), red fruits (strawberries, cherries, raspberries), white fish (cod, tilapia, bass), and foods high in sulfur (broccoli, cabbage, brussels sprouts, bok choy). However, getting enough collagen from diet alone can often be challenging. That's when supplements come in handy.
As mentioned at the beginning of this post, Vital Proteins sent me two collagen products - the Dark Chocolate & Blackberry Collagen Peptides and the Unflavored Collagen Peptides. And I have to say I truly love them both. The Dark Chocolate & Blackberry one is great for smoothies. Here's one of my favorite recipes:
- 1 cup of unflavored almond milk
- 2 scoops of Vital Proteins Dark Chocolate & Blackberry Collagen
- 1 frozen banana
- A handful of berries
- 1 TBS of peanut butter
And the Unflavored one is great for literally anything (e.g. soups, baked goods...). You can add it it to your favorite dishes without compromising their taste. What's also great about these collagen products is that they're gluten-free and dairy-free and have no sugar added.
*Disclaimer: Although these products were provided to me for review, the opinions expressed are strictly mine.
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