Cinnamon Raisin Protein Bars – with Healing Collagen! (AIP/Paleo)

Collagen Protein Bars

 

The one food I’m sure to eat every single day is Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides.
I will buy 3 to 4 canisters at a time because I get anxious if I’m running low. Having a convenient protein option when you have food allergies is KEY. Protein keeps me from being hangry. I know the Paleo community is all about the fat but for me protein + veggies = life sustained.

 

My favorite way to use Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides right now is in my Pineapple+ Grapefruit Digestive Tonic recipe. I made it this weekend with the addition of strawberries and cucumber. So dang refreshing. As I type this, I’m excited to go to bed so I can wake up for that delicious drink. It’s so full of fiber and it really fills my tummy (known to be an insatiable bottomless pit, quite frankly.)

 

I’ve also added it to my Cranberry Fig Collagen Protein Bars and a whole bunch of smoothies like my Pina Colada Smoothie Bowl. Collagen definitely does what its purported to do… and I can’t say that about most supplements. I find most supplements to be a waste but this stuff has been in my daily rotation for over a year and a half. I really amped it up during pregnancy and with breastfeeding the extra hit of protein is helpful for my supply.

 

These Cinnamon Raisin Protein Bars are another great way to get your gut-healing goodies in. I love all the Paleo energy ball recipes out there but a lot of them use dates, and I’ve been keeping my sugar/treat intake lower recently.

 

These Protein Bars are also nut-free so they make the perfect school snack for your kids (just make sure they stay cool)

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Cinnamon Raisin Protein Bars

Prep Time 00:10 Cook Time 00:00 Serves 9 squares

Ingredients

Directions

  1. In a food processor, combine the raisins, coconut, sweet potato flour, collagen, cinnamon and sea salt until a fine and moist crumble forms.
  2. Add in the coconut oil and process for 1 to 2 minutes until you achieve a dense mixture that sticks together. Add in water and process to help smooth the ingredients.
  3. Press mixture evenly into a 4"x6" parchment-lined glass dish. Refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours until solidified. Slice into squares using a sharp knife. Best stored and served from refrigerator.

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Paleo Coffee Energy Bites

Coffee Energy Bites

Coffee Energy Bites

 

This recipe title describes my life lately: daily coffee, to sustain my energy, and only able to eat in small bites throughout the day. Moving with a baby during the holidays is one intelligent decision.

 

Now that I live in the same city as my sister, I go over to her place much more often. She’s been keeping these yummy little almond, date, coconut & lime balls in her fridge for quick breakfasts, and I’ve grabbed a couple for a snack.

 

Since that recipe has already been created, I wanted to make a version of the classic date energy ball that I haven’t seen before. This recipe is perfect for a busy morning where you simply don’t have time for your typical protein and veggies. It happens to the best of us. If you want to add protein, I suggest a few scoops of Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides

 

Did you know Vital Proteins also added these neat little Collagen Peptide Sticks to their product line?

They do use individual packaging which isn’t the most environmentally conscious, but if you’re like me and travel with your collagen everywhere you go, they are definitely convenient and can fit in an overall responsible lifestyle. I usually put collagen in a plastic bag or small container when I travel but the problem is that traveling with a white powdery substance in your purse on an airplane is probably not going to fly (literally). I would prefer individual packaging over being searched by the feds while stating in panic, “I’m just trying to maintain gut health while traveling for leisurely pursuits!!”

 

Notes About The Recipe

  • You can find unsweetened banana chips HERE that contain just bananas and coconut oil.

  • Feel free to use any nut of your choice but a stronger tasting nut like a pistachio or pecan will definitely change the taste of the bar. 

  • You can use whole coffee beans for larger pieces of coffee and a less coffee taste overall, or you can use finely ground coffee to more evenly disperse the taste of the coffee throughout the bar. Or experiment both ways and decide which you prefer!

  • You can make these nut-free by subbing in an additional 1/2 cup each shredded coconut and banana chips for the 1 cup of nuts. 

 

 

Paleo Coffee Energy Bites

Prep Time 00:10 Cook Time 00:00 Serves 12 squares

Ingredients

  • 2 cups pitted Medjool dates
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup dried banana chips (unsweetened, if possible)
  • 1 cup raw walnuts, almonds, or pecans 
  • 2 tablespoons whole coffee beans or 1 tablespoon ground coffee
  • 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt

Directions

 

In a food processor, blend the pitted dates until finely processed. Add in remaining ingredients and process until a sticky mixture forms. Press the mixture into a parchment-lined dish using wet hands. The size of the dish will determine how thick the bars are. I used a container about 5''x8'' large. Refrigerate for a few hours before slicing into squares. Store in refrigerator.

 

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Spicy Pumpkin Spice Latte (Paleo)

 

 

Okay, I’ll admit I’ve never had a PSL. In fact, I didn’t know what that acronym meant for the last 3 years. I know what PYT stands for (Pretty Young Thing, thanks MJ). So I assumed PSL was some reiteration of this. It is not. If you didn’t catch on, it means Pumpkin Spice Latte.

 

I am positive this is properly explained in Urban Dictionary.And this version is more spicy than what I assume the overly-sugared, garbage-coffee original is from Starsucks. Their coffee LITERALLY TASTES LIKE BURNT GARBAGE. Literally. 

 

So my old man husband was on a text chain with my brother-in-law and me (who are both the same age). He did not get my reference to the classic Instagram-worthy shot so many PYTs post of their PSLs. “Why don’t you go take an Instagram picture of just your hand holding a warm mug of pumpkin spice latte while donned in an off-white cable knit sweater and sitting in a trendy coffee shop with a succulent on the table, ya betch!”

 

This is the problem when you marry someone more than a decade younger than you. I don’t get his early 80’s movie references, and he’s never heard of Now & Then. The travesty, by the way. 90’s classic.

 

So after seeing twelve too many Instagram posts from friends this month of their cozy little cable-knitted upper extremities gently wrapped around a steaming mug of something frothy, I decided to see what all the fuss was about. They are really dang delicious, dang it. Millenials 1 and Anti-Everything-Millenial 0.

 

The latter is myself. If I didn’t have a blog, I also wouldn’t have an Instagram or Facebook either. If you haven’t caught onto my sarcasm & irony yet, then you’re probably thinking I’m one giant conundrum. Remember in high school and college when you could reel in the boys just by confusing them, which was never really that hard anyway?

 

I’m really glad I’m taken in 2016 because apparently (this is what I’m told) that Tinder and the like … you’re given ONE SHOT. Like you screw it up or say something about your dead grandma on the first date, and you’re toast. Seriously, my first date with my husband was ridiculous. He would never have asked me on a second if we had met on Tinder. “Who is this tiny girl making me eat vegan sprout pita pockets & walk around a modern art museum?”

 

Actually, I sound like the perfect woman for one of Austin, TX’s fine bean burrito-loving men. I missed my chance. Well this post has really just taken a turn for the worst. Probably way up there in the second or third sentence too. Grace is napping and I have nothing else to do except ramble pointlessly and about absolutely nothing until she wakes up. I guess I could nap or shower. Or shall I be a filthy, exhausted human instead?

 

 

Keep toasty warm + full of holiday cheer with this spiced homemade latte!

 

Spicy Pumpkin Spice Latte (Paleo)

Prep Time 00:10 Cook Time 00:00 Serves 1

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Chameleon Cold Brew concentrate
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 whole black peppercorns
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons Primal Palate Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1 tablespoon Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • pinch sea salt

Directions

1. Whisk cold brew, coconut milk, water, peppercorn, cloves, and vanilla extract together in a small saucepan. Cover the pan partially with lid and turn heat to medium low.
2. As soon as liquid starts to boil, turn heat to low and whisk. Cover and let simmer for 5 minutes, being sure it does not overflow. Transfer to a high speed blender, including peppercorns and cloves.
3. Add Pumpkin Pie Spice blend, collagen, maple and sea salt to blender. Blend on high for at least 30 seconds until smooth (this will break down the peppercorns and cloves). Pour into a mug and serve warm or if you would refer an iced latte: cool at room temperature then serve over ice!
 

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The Benefits of Collagen Peptides for Women

collagen for women
When I found out I was pregnant during a vacation in Hawaii in September 2015, we drove to an island health food store to find the best prenatal we could that day! That was the first step in my daily supplementation I took to help ensure my health and the health of my baby.
When we got home from our vacation, I did loads of research on the most important supplements to take for supporting the immune system of a pregnant woman diagnosed with autoimmune disease. I didn’t want to overload my body with store-bought supplements, especially since the diet I eat focuses heavily on some of the most health-promoting foods like wild seafood and organic leafy green vegetables. I did want to support my immune system and cells with research-supported, pregnancy-safe products though.
I had been taking gelatin for a couple years, mixed into hot teas and made into gummies, but during my first trimester, I wanted nothing to do with either! And animal protein was rarely eaten during that time because of severe morning sickness and nausea! Of course I realized that protein is one of the most important nutrients to intake as a pregnant woman, so I ordered several canisters of Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides. Collagen smoothies were a huge staple of my pregnancy diet and still happen once a day as a new mom.

Is there anything more convenient than a nutrient-packed smoothie

when you’re juggling a hungry baby, housework, and

going through your first home buying process!?

After a few weeks of taking at least 2 scoops a day via smoothies, soups, and sprinkled on frozen fruit coated with coconut milk (guilty pleasure that you have to try!), I noticed obvious improvements in my gut health, skin, hair, and joints.

Here are some of the benefits I have personally experienced from Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides

(2 scoops/day for the last 18 months)

  • Improved skin integrity: I haven’t seen a single blemish and that’s through the hormonal rollercoaster that is pregnancy and post-partum! I also noticed during pregnancy that crows feet are now a thing for me. Where the heck did these come from at 28 years old? So I’ve been ensuring my collagen intake is at least 2-3 scoops a day and seen a progressive decrease in their appearance when I smile. Hormones be crazy.

 

  • Stronger nails: My nails have always been short and brittle since I was a child. I can now grow medium-length, strong nails that don’t break. Unless I’m crazy stressed, then I start biting them again like a 6-year-old. Urgh. But at least they’re harder to bite through now? (ew ha!)

 

  • Better Joint Recovery Post-Workout: I workout fairly intensely, it’s one of my favorite hobbies, and I have only had one very minor injury in the last year when I rolled my ankle walking Grace in her stroller (slipped on a rock going downhill). I recovered within 24 hours from that sprain. I used to sprain my ankle and knee frequently and always had terribly sore IT bands and glute muscles which is no longer the case! And my sprains used to take much longer to heal from too, at least 2 weeks. After this sprain, I came home and put a turmeric poultice on the sprain, iced and elevated it as usual and over the next 24 hours had 6 scoops of collagen. Coincidence on the rapid healing time? I don’t know, but I’m definitely going to load up on the collagen for any future injuries!

 

  • Gut Health: Most importantly, my gut health has improved drastically. I have been plagued with constipation since I was a small child, often going weeks without a bowel movement. I am so regular now (hey, let’s talk about it!) especially if I start my morning with a collagen smoothie. I never have gas, sharp pains, or intestinal cramping anymore, which is something I thought I had to live with the rest of my life before healing my gut with AIP and proper supplementation. Part of this drastic decrease in symptoms is from removing food intolerances and including gut-healing foods like bone broth (which has similar amino acids as collagen and gelatin supplements), but I have also noticed that when I hit a plateau and then added collagen into my daily routine, my constipation and digestion improved noticeably.

 

Now, just like you can’t out-run a bad diet, you can’t out-collagen one either! Please be sure to always eat the most nutrient dense foods that fit into your dietary template. For me, that looks like at least 8 cups of leafy greens a day, wild seafood 7 to 9 times a week, pastured chicken livers, organic fruit, and pastured/grass-fed chicken, beef, and lamb in smaller quantities.
I do have special treats like Power Balls which are made with collagen peptides as well a couple times a week! In fact, this morning for breakfast I had a pack of Power Balls with my green collagen beauty smoothie (avocado, kale, spinach, collagen, frozen organic blueberries and Himalayan pink salt).

So why do women especially need to supplement with collagen peptides?

We are more prone to hormonal aging (seen by the loss of collagen elasticity in our skin and hair) due to the highs and lows of estrogen and progesterone throughout the month starting in our teen years or earlier and lasting until menopause at which we see a tremendous drop overall in sex hormone levels (and skin and hair health of our younger years!)We also tend to see a decrease in elasticity in our ligaments and age-related overuse injuries to our joints from decades of activity, daily weight-bearing and poor posture. Collagen supplementation can help restore joint health and ligament elasticity, but a healthy diet high in vegetables, fruits, and quality protein as well as mindfulness about posturing, are also incredibly important for long-term joint health.
WHAT ARE COLLAGEN PEPTIDES?
Collagen Peptides are small-chain proteins produced by breaking down gelatin from pastured cattle into their more easily digestible peptide chains (peptides are the building blocks of proteins)Collagen Peptides mix into both cold and hot beverages while gelatin can only be mixed into hot beverages and liquids. This allows for more varied use of Collagen Peptides in cooking and baking applications. They are especially suited for smoothies and will not turn your smoothie into a tacky mess like gelatin does.Collagen Peptides do not lose any nutritional value when heated, so they can be added to baked goods to increase the protein content without affecting the outcome (like in my Salted Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies).Collagen Peptides do not gel, so they cannot be used as a gelatin “egg” or made into gummies. You will want to purchase Vital Proteins Beef Gelatin for those purposes.
HOW ARE VITAL PROTEINS COLLAGEN PEPTIDES SOURCED?
This quote is directly from Vital Proteins FAQs page and I wanted to share with you their commitment to quality, animal welfare, and sustainability:”Vital Proteins produces its gelatin and collagen peptides in Brazil. The cattle industry in Brazil is based on perennial tropical grass pasture systems. We have taken great care to ensure that the pasture size for each animal is one animal per 2.67 acres. These standards are in alignment with the Global Animal Partnership 5-step animal welfare rating standards. Our collagen is produced exclusively in Brazil. The collagen is primarily derived from Nelore breed bovine hides. The cattle industry in Brazil is still based on grass systems, where the cattle are pasture raised. This constitutes an important advantage for Brazilian cattle.
Since the cattle were pasture-raised and grass fed, this eliminates the risk of rBGH in their feed. Brazil also has a law (Decree No 57 824 Article 4(4)) which prohibits the addition of hormones to feed. The hormone rBGH is typically injected into dairy cows to make them produce more milk. The Nelore breed is not a dairy producing cow and is strictly used as a beef breed. Based on these factors, the collagen is derived from bovine hide without the use of hormones like rBGH.”
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COLLAGEN AND GELATIN?
The main difference is their kitchen application: Collagen Peptides can be used in both hot and cold applications without gelling which makes it a perfect addition for both smoothies or hot beverages like herbal tea or even coffee. Gelatin is dissolved in hot water to activate its gelling properties for baking applications such as “gelatin eggs”, puddings, or gelatin gummies. You CAN add gelatin to smoothies, but they will get a little gummy, so I prefer collagen for this reason.Their amino acid profile is quite similar, so there’s no nutritional benefit to one over the other.They both have virtually no taste although some people claim collagen tastes more neutral than gelatin.Gelatin has more of a tendency to clump up, so it is important to whisk it very well into hot liquid. Collagen has the tendency to froth in a blender, which makes for delightful “frappuccino” beverages, if desired!

9 RECIPES USING COLLAGEN PEPTIDES OR GELATIN!

This post contains affiliate links from Vital Proteins & Power Balls 

Cherry Ginger Lime Smoothie (Paleo/AIP)

cherry ginger lime smoothie

 

 

Since my husband and I are both home with the baby these days, we often split meals to keep things quick and easy. I’ve actually been cooking MORE since her birth (barring the first few weeks where I don’t even recall eating) to keep us thriving on less than stellar sleep.

 

Mid-morning we like to split a collagen smoothie to keep us satisfied until 1 or 2 pm lunch. I play with a lot of different fruit and flavor combinations but one I always come back to is cherry-lime. It’s so refreshing and is such a beautiful color, it can’t help but lift your mood!

 

Organic cherries also have amazing health benefits including inflammation reduction, antioxidant protection, and cancer prevention. Ginger is one of my favorite potent AIP flavors, and I often blend it into fruit-based beverages like Watermelon-Lime-Ginger Agua Frescas (a similar recipe is in The Healing Kitchen and I just add a piece of ginger to it!)

 

I’m going to experiment with a cherry-ginger fermented beverage soon (it’s on my drinkable to-do). Anyways, my husband is a very stubborn man and he “likes what he likes”. Namely peanut butter and banana smoothies. A palate of a 5-year-old I have said in the past. He is getting more adventurous now, but he is still very picky on his fruit! Well, he gave this delicious smoothie glowing reviews, so I knew I had to share it with you guys.

 

I’ve made it with coconut and almond milk in the past. They are both delicious but the coconut milk will of course add a more tropical flavor while the almond milk is much more neutral. A way around this for AIP is using coconut water instead of coconut milk! It will be slightly thinner so you can use less if you’d like, and you’ll be getting extra electrolytes making this a great sweaty summer beverage!

 

As always, this smoothie features my #1 supplement choice Vital Proteins. It is the only supplement I have ever stuck to, remember to take daily, and notice benefit from besides magnesium and vitamin D. It is pretty wonderful, and I’m known to order 60 ounces of the stuff at a time because it makes me feel high on collagen when the package arrives (it’s called the Amazon Prime High). Good stuff, guys!

 

 

Cherry Ginger Lime Smoothie
serves 1 to 2 | ready in 5 minutes
2 cups frozen organic cherries
1 ¼ cup almond milk or coconut milk (coconut for AIP)*
Juice of 1 lime
1 ½ to 2 teaspoons grated ginger root (depending on “spicy” preference)
pinch sea salt
*Coconut water may also be used but will result in a thinner smoothie.
Blend all ingredients until smooth. Taste and add more lime juice or ginger depending on your preference. If adding more ginger, proceed in 1/4 teaspoon increments since it is a strong flavor.

Pina Colada Smoothie Bowl (Paleo, AIP)

pina colada smoothie bowl - paleo

 

I’m a little obsessed about vacations. I’ve been known to book them without talking to the person I plan on accompanying me. I booked our Hawaii vacation, for my birthday, on my birthday, after going for a swim last summer and coming up with that master plan in 15 minutes or less. Jumped on the computer, decided which island, which airbnb, and presto. Hawaii 3 weeks later! I also did that with our babymoon to Laguna Beach this year. My husband thinks I’m crazy, but I say “My money. My decision.”

 

I LOVE TRAVELING! Especially to places with beaches. We are aiming to be one of those cool couples who travels with their singular child, Ergo in tow, whipping out the breast in public for a quick snack, child whose first word is “leaf”. We’ll see what happens. I’m not banking on it. Our first real vacation after baby will probably be sans-baby for my husband’s 40th birthday in fall 2017. I want to take him to PNW for a week. I can barely leave my dog for 4 hours let alone a week, so I’m sure leaving my baby for that long will be a cruel form of self-torture at that point, but I do think it’s EXTREMELY important to keep the husband-wife relationship strong once you start a family. It’s so beneficial for the child to see parents who spend time together to keep the love alive. 

 

pina colada smoothie

 

None of this has anything to do with pina coladas. It did at first (vacations), then I got sidetracked as usual (ADD). Anyways, this is a must-make recipe for summer! Light, refreshing, quick, easy, hello!? Spend your time outside this summer with family & friends – not in the kitchen, PLEASE! You wouldn’t believe how much happier, healthier, and balanced you will feel with that change.

 

I have found the most healing & happiness while following the AIP by doing the above, not focusing excessively on the food. Once you have the food down pat and know what you can and cannot eat and get used to planning in advance, please return to enjoying your life as much as possible! And if that means making a quick breakfast or lunch smoothie before hitting the beach, pool, or lake, and then forgetting food exists for the next 5 hours, so be it! That’s how live should be lived!

 

Get the recipe for Pina Colada Smoothie Bowls!

Cranberry Fig Collagen Protein Bars (Paleo, AIP)

 

 

I’m not a big supplement taker. One because I can’t remember to take them for longer than two weeks, two because they are usually expensive to buy high quality ones, and three because it’s hard to tell if they’re working.

 

There have been a few during my pregnancy that I can tell are doing their job though, so I am 100% willing to take them every day! The first one is Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides. I have noticed a decrease in skin outbreaks (which is saying a lot during these hormonal times) from once or twice a month to nil! I have also avoided any stomach distress like heartburn, gas and bloating that typically comes around with pregnancy too.

 

I add a scoop into my morning smoothie that I consume with two slices of center pork shoulder bacon (low in fat, but high in protine), greens, and a quarter of a large sweet potato. Having a large and nutrient dense breakfast that includes at least 6 different types of produce has been keeping my blood sugar levels so well regulated. I haven’t needed extra snacks or meals during pregnancy, nor have I really needed to increase my caloric intake much if at all!

 

The other two supplements I have found to be helpful are Natural Calm magnesium for my intense leg cramps that occur right when I lay down at night and Vital Proteins Beef Liver Capsules, which I take right before I head out the door for work to keep my energy up for an afternoon working with kiddos.

 

Since I’ve had so much success with collagen in my morning smoothies, I also wanted to try making my own homemade protein bars with them. I find carbohydrates right now to really satiate my appetite and keep my energy levels up, so one of these bars in between lunch and dinner or before a workout seals the deal. They also travel well outside the refrigerator even though there’s coconut oil in them. They just lose their firmness but still keep together as long as you pack them tightly with your hands when forming the bars!

 

Feel free to get creative with the types of dried fruit you use but make sure you use at least one “sticky” one like dates, cranberries, or plump raisins. Making these with dried mango and shredded coconut, for example, would not work because there’s not enough stickiness to keep them together.

 

 

No sugar added collagen protein bars are convenient AND good for you!

 

Cranberry Fig Collagen Protein Bars

Prep Time 00:15 Cook Time 00:00 Serves 8 bars

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dried black Mission figs, stems removed
  • 1 cup unsweetened dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt

Directions

  1. Combine the figs and cranberries in a food processor for 60 seconds until finely chopped and sticky.
  2. Add the peptides, coconut oil, orange zest, and sea salt and process 15 more seconds to thoroughly combine.
  3. Line a large cutting board with parchment paper.
  4. Transfer the mixture to the cutting board and shape into a rectangle about 1/3 to 1/2-inch thick with your hands.
  5. Place in the freezer for about 30 minutes until firm.
  6. Using a sharp knife, slice the rectangle in half widthwise and into quarters lengthwise to make 8 bars. Store in the refrigerator.

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Orange Cream Healing Smoothie (Paleo, AIP)

orange cream smoothie paleo

 

 

The question I get asked the most about the autoimmune protocol is, “What do I eat for breakfast!?” Inevitably, my answer is always bacon and leftovers from dinner. There’s a fifty percent chance the questioner will frown at me with that answer. Some of us just don’t like leftovers in the morning. My husband is included in this curious subsect of the population who must eat traditional breakfast food before 11am. Even if he skips breakfast and we go out for lunch, he will STILL order breakfast. It bugs me to death when it’s 1 pm, and he’s asking if there are still breakfast tacos on the menu. Eat your dang lunch and move on with your day, man!

 

Nothing like a harmless marriage rant to start off a blog post. Now bacon, breakfast sausage, and hashes are all allowed on the autoimmune protocol, but sometimes our tongues don’t want to taste the savory first thing in the morning. For me, if my morning starts early enough and I have to be somewhere by 9 am, I really am less likely to go for a big savory breakfast. If I exercise in the morning (yeah, right) on the other hand, then I will include animal protein on my morning plate. But the majority of my mornings, especially during pregnancy, are for the palatable, quick, easy, and nourishing. 

 

I start my morning with a large glass of room temperature water and a small mug of warm lemon water to get hydrated right away. Then I make my husband his sausage & eggs and protein smoothie (pea protein – ew) and brew a French press. Some days I have a cup, others I don’t. I just go by my mood. So far I’ve had 3 beverages then. After I clean up his breakfast, I make my own smoothie. It invariably contains banana, a dark leafy green, avocado, cucumber, and some berries with collagen. But there have been MANY mornings I craving orange juice to no end during my pregnancy! I am not going to taint a delicious orange smoothie with greens just for the sake of it. So no greens here! Eat some later!

 

This smoothie does contain a hefty scoop of collagen protein which you can always add more of if you want to brave the risk of having your smoothie taste like animal. VITAL PROTEINS is the best pasture-raised, grass fed collagen protein on the market that I have found. I switched over from Great Lakes last year and have never looked back. A large canister lasts me f-o-r-e-v-e-r and I even got my MIL on the collagen train. She said she noticed a difference in joint pain after just one container and ordered a second immediately!

 

So what are the benefits of being on the Collagen Train? Frequent inclusion of collagen in the diet has positive effects on metabolism, bone growth, joint health, gut repair, and digestion!

 

To up the benefits of this smoothie, I wanted to include a good dose of citrus! Citrus is, in my opinion, not given enough credit in the healthsphere. It is not only high in vitamin C but also in folate and thiamin, as well as rich in flavonoids which are antioxidants that can neutralize the bad effects of oxidation in the body. Banana and coconut give this smoothie a creamy texture while providing additional nutrients, so eat up folks! Fruit can and always will be considered a health food in my book, and it certainly has its place in a healing anti-inflammatory diet!

 

Remember those Orange Julius smoothies? These are SO much better!

 

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Healing Orange Cream Smoothie

Prep Time 00:05 Cook Time 00:00 Serves 1

Ingredients

  • 1 medium banana, refrigerated whole or chopped and frozen
  • 1 medium Navel orange, peel and pith removed with a knife
  • 2 small Cuties, Halos, mandarins, clementines, or tangerines, peeled and segmented
  • 1/2 cup filtered water
  • 3 tablespoons coconut cream
  • 1 scoop Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla powder for AIP
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • Garnish optional: orange zest, shredded coconut, crushed unsweetened banana chips

Directions

Blend all ingredients together in a Vitamix until smooth. Top with garnishes!

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