Mmmm, bone broth. Warm, meaty, yet decidedly challenging to create, or even buy.(The good stuff, that is.) You crave it, but the way of the bone broth is not always as the bird flies. That's right, it's not always easy to get your hands on the stuff. And yet, you know what amazing nutrients are in broth, things like crucial amino acids, anti-inflammatory compounds, and more. Now, with no 24-hour simmer required, you can have those same nutrients. Just fire up your blender and get the kale and fruit ready to go: have your amino acids and drink them, too. This is Collagen Peptides from pasture-raised cattle, from Vital Proteins. ~
For the true, true stories behind this incredible foodstuff, read on.
Ok, so you're ready to make the jump and add some collagen to your diet. Maybe you already make bone broth and love it but sometimes you run out - that's OK! Perhaps you've just not gotten around to making broth or you are shying away from those all-day stews replete with tendon and vital parts.
This is why Vital Proteins makes Collagen Protein for you.
From Vital Proteins: "Our collagen protein is a 100% pure, pasture-raised gelatin powder. Gelatin will thicken in cold liquids. The amino acids contained in gelatin are therapeutic and are identical to the protein found in skin, nails, hair, bones, cartilage, and joints. Gluten Free, rBGH Free, Non GMO."
Why Vital Proteins Collagen is so good for you
Here are just a few of the benefits to collagen protein:
- Promotes youthful skin, healthier hair, and stronger nails
- Helps keep bones healthy and strong
- Reduces joint pain and helps prevent joint degeneration
- Contributes to a balanced diet and helps to maintain weight
- Natural glycine is anti-inflammatory and can improve sleep quality
Here are some of the amazing nutrients in Vital Proteins Collagen
There's only one ingredient: 100% South American Pasture Raised Bovine Hide Gelatin
Ok, so you've got gelatin powder here. Why is that awesome? Glycine, baby, glycine. It's one of the 20 amino acids and it is sorely lacking in the modern diet. It's why bone broth is so great for us. It's why natural gelatin and connective tissues that break down oh-so-slowly when you crock-pot a roast or oxtails make the dish delicious beyond belief. We've been trained to think that only fat is satiating and rich, but tell that to a gooey stew full of dissolved collagen.
What else is in this collagen? Besides glycine, the predominant amino acid is proline. Proline is amazing for tissue development just like glycine. If you're ready to go really in depth and read about these wonderful amino acids and how they work to support health, this is a great write-up from Weston A Price: Glycine, Proline, Gelatin!
How do you take your Collagen? Yum!
There are tons of ways to consume collagen protein. The simplest is to stir it into a half-cup of cool liquid of your choice, then add another half-cup of hot liquid so everything dissolves all nice and happy. Down the hatch! However, if you're a frequent consumer of protein powders, you know that texture and flavor can be sticking points in making sure that you're getting the nutrition you need from the powders. That's where some inspirational recipes come in.
With collagen protein, you can add it to any kind of smoothie on the planet. Kale smoothie, fruit smoothie, Liz Wolfe's liver smoothie (Google it, really) - go wild. Alternatively, you can go retro and make it into jello — just add it to hot water and any sort of flavor you want: lemon juice + honey, raspberry puree, even coconut milk. Chill and eat! The more powder you add, the firmer it'll be. You can even make healthy gummy candies if you add enough powder.
How about a recipe from Vital Proteins themselves? Here's one for the fall season - a pumpkin spice mousse, great for after dinner, or a treat any time, if that's how you roll.
Pumpkin Spice Mousse
1 1/4 cups heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup cold water
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1 tablespoon Vital Proteins Collagen Protein
1 cup pumpkin puree
3-4 tablespoons raw honey or pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cloves
Blend the whipping cream in a stand mixer or with a hand mixer until it forms soft peaks.
In a saucepan, pour water and sprinkle on collagen protein. Let sit for one minute. Heat on low heat until all gelatin is dissolved. Stir in butter until melted.
In a blender add pumpkin puree, honey or syrup, vanilla, and spices. Blend. While blending, slowly pour in gelatin butter mixture until fully incorporated. Pour blended mixture into a bowl and slowly fold in whipped cream until well mixed. Dish into individual cups or bowls and chill until firm.
About Vital Proteins, in their own words
Vital Proteins helps people feel better and live fuller lives through sustainably-sourced nutrition products, promoting health, fitness and natural beauty. We do that by providing nourishing collagen and promoting our production of collagen - an essential nutrient stripped from our diets by modern food-processing.
We know that while our bodies’ collagen production slows as we age, our need for it only grows as our bodies become less efficient and we maintain a vibrant life. And Vital Proteins believes that if you want to, you can make the most out of every moment you’re given - that your body shouldn’t be a limitation, but a catalyst.
Our products are natural sources of essential proteins, sourced from pasture-raised cows in Brazil and New Zealand and wild-caught fish in Hawaii. Why go so many extra miles for these sources? Because there’s nothing more important than one’s health, and we believe the body needs and deserves high-quality building blocks for life’s adventures.
Whether we can help add a mile to your run, a glow to your complexion or just enrich your naturally vibrant life, there’s a protein for everyone, and more than one reason to love Vital Proteins.
Even more about Vital Proteins and Collagen: Frequently Asked Questions
What is collagen?
Answer: Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and is a key constituent of all connective tissues. Collagen provides the infrastructure of the musculoskeletal system, essential for mobility.
Are the cattle pasture-rasied?
Answer: Yes, our bovine hides are selected from cattle that graze on the lush grasslands of Brazil in South America.
What is the difference between Collagen Protein and Collagen Peptides?
Answer: Collagen Protein is a traditional beef gelatin that will gel in cold liquids, it is useful for recipes such as mousses,jellos, or for mixing into hot liquids. Collagen Peptides are a unique formula that are able to dissolve in cold liquids, making them ideal as a supplement that can be mixed with liquids such as juice or milk.
Where should I store collagen?
Answer: It is recommended to store in a cool, dark area away from moisture.
Does collagen have an expiration date?
Answer: The shelf life of our collagen products are normally 5 years. You can locate the expiration date on the bottom of your Vital Proteins container.
Is your product kosher?
Answer: Yes, our Collagen Peptides and Collagen Protein products are certified kosher by Rabbi David Sheinkopf.
Do I have to take collagen with meals?
Answer: Vital Proteins collagen products can be taken by themselves as a stand alone supplement or be taken with food.
Are there any other ingredients or fillers?
Answer: No, our Collagen Peptides and Collagen Protein are 100% pure protein derived from bovine hides. No artificial ingredients or addtiives are used.