The benefits of collagen

For as long as I can remember I have had a sensitive stomach. It took years and years of eliminating foods to determine what agreed with me and what didn't. I can honestly say that think I have now (finally) figured out a system. I know what to eat, in what combination, at what times etc. (I am happy to do a more detailed post if you'd like).  

To say I am a picky eater is an understatement. I don't eat dairy (I am lactose intolerant). I don't eat meat (a purely personal rather than dietetic choice). I don't eat a lot of sweets. I eat gluten in moderation...Let's just say when I moved to LA I fit right in.  

Now, one of my biggest challenges is to ensure that I have enough protein and calcium in my diet. I haven't had red meat for nearly 13 years and all meat for almost 8 years (I stopped the day I took Luca home). 

When I moved to LA I started to hear about the benefits of ingesting collagen. I ignored it, assuming that collagen was just intended to help with anti-aging and I'm only 28, hello. Okay fine, 28 is not considered so young in Beverly Hills...don't remind me. Anyway, I never gave collagen much thought until I was introduced to Vital Proteins. I started to research the benefits and it seemed as though it was designed just for me. The list included helping the digestive system by supporting hydrochloric acid and repairing the lining of the stomach, preventing aging by promoting moisture in the skin (in Beverly Hills I need this), strengthening hair and nails (which I obviously need from my lack of calcium) and leading to a more restorative sleep. After reading this list I would be foolish not to give it a try.

And so I have been including Vital Proteins in my smoothies and so far the effects have been great. It definitely takes some time but I notice my nails getting stronger and  my stomach hasn't had any major issues lately (yes, I am aware the dry January plays a part). It's also a great way to add protein to the diet. 

My favorite is the Collagen Beauty Greens. It has 70 calories, 10 grams of protein and 3 grams of sugar per serving. I thought I would share one of my favorite smoothie recipes (pictured above). It contains collagen, protein, potassium and antioxidants and is low in fat and sugar. I normally have it for breakfast or as a midmorning snack. 

Ingredients (simply blend them together): 

1/2 banana
1 cup of almond milk (I like the Almond Breeze Unsweetened Vanilla)
1 scoop of Vital Proteins Collagen Beauty Greens (it's a coconut vanilla flavor)
1 teaspoon of Matcha powder
1/2 teaspoon of maple syrup (optional)

I would love to know what you think! xox

This post is in collaboration with Vital Proteins. All opinions are my own. 

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