Vital Proteins: My Take on Collagen

One of my passions in life is empowering others, and that includes with protein. I never used to eat enough protein, and I know that so many others still do. I’m all about balanced macros, but we often underestimate how much protein we actually need — not only to let our bodies recover after workouts or build muscle, but to keep you full! 

I’m not a nutritionist or dietitian by any means, but generally I’ve heard to consume almost as many grams of protein as your bodyweight. Close to 165 grams of protein for me? That’s A LOT! And doesn’t happen 😉

I prefer to absorb all of my nutrients from whole foods, but I’ve experimented with many protein supplements to help me reach my goals and keep me from being a hangry witch. Vital Proteins is hands down my favorite.

Disclaimer: I am an ambassador for Vital Proteins and receive products for free. Want to try some? Want my opinion? Let’s chat. #sponsored #ad #hashtag


So what’s different about Vital Proteins? It’s made of collagen peptides, which are actually from grass-fed, pasture-raised bovine hides. They also have marine collagen for pescetarians and are coming out with a vegetarian option soon, but these are fosh not for vegans.

I am definitely a meat-lover, but I usually buy vegan powder. Whey protein comes from dairy products which upsets my stomach. Even if it’s just a scoop with almond milk, I become so uncomfortably gassy that it’s not worth the rich, chocolate-y flavor. I used to settle for chalky, gross, fruity vegan powder, but then Vital Proteins rocked my world.

Its only ingredient is collagen peptides, so there’s no extra gunk in there, and my stomach can handle it all. The benefits are bounty, and you can find them all on their website, but the other cool part other than not upsetting your stomach is strengthening your hair, skin, and nails! Not gonna lie, I do find myself shaving a little more frequently, and my nails are growing longer. It’s awesome though that when I cut my hair a little too short for a ponytail, I know it’ll grow out ASAP. No more dairy pimples around my chin either!

It’s also so versatile to use. I prefer mixing unflavored collagen peptides with my hot tea in the morning. It mixes perfectly, no blender necessary. You can’t taste it at all!

My favorite flavor is vanilla + coconut collagen peptides. I have yet to find something I don’t like it with. Tea, oatmeal, smoothies, protein bites, popsicles… it’s so good!

Their whey does upset my stomach slightly, but nowhere near as bad as other whey proteins with a million additives. Their chocolate isn’t too strong, and I love it. If I’m feeling a rich, chocolate shake, I’ll use their whey as a dessert.

Their bone broth powder is surprisingly good. The idea of bone broth freaks me out a little… but if you want to save money and make bone broth your own way, Vital Proteins absolutely.

I’m currently sampling their new Spirulina tablets. These are 100% vegan, and it’s basically a multi-vitamin to help energize you. TBD on those results 🙂

If you have any questions about Vital Proteins, please don’t hesitate to ask! I never want to be sponsored by many brands for the sake of free shiz, but Vital Proteins is something I’m truly passionate about. Don’t forget to purchase with my affiliate code!

RECIPES

BASIC SMOOTHIE BASE

2 scoops Vital Proteins powder (any!)

1 handful spinach

1/2 frozen banana

3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1 tablespoon chia seeds

some ice

add frozen fruit, nut butters, dates, as desired, then blend your heart out!

VANILLA COCONUT POPS


3 scoops Vanilla Coconut Vital Proteins

1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1 frozen banana

1 tablespoon chia seeds

1 tsp vanilla extract

Blend, pour into popsicle molds (I have 6!), and freeze!

VANILLA ENERGY BITES


1/4 cup Vanilla Coconut Vital Proteins

1/2 cup almond meal

3/4 cup (steel cut) oats

1/3 cup almond butter (creamy works best)

1/4 cup honey or agave

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla extract

Combine with your hands, roll in balls, and refrigerate!

CHOCOLATE WHEY SHAKE


2 scoops Chocolate Whey Vital Proteins

3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

some ice

Blend and enjoy, maybe adding in some chocolate chips or chocolate granola!

++ Mary K

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