What happens next is pure nutritional bliss: hot matcha tea with extra goodies. Warm, brain-tingling, gently pungent but never bitter. Matcha strikes all the right notes when it comes to getting your senses lit up without the harsh buzz of coffee. Unfortunately, it is common to load up matcha at coffee shops into green frothy sugar bombs. But you know better: you can make your own amazing matcha with all the benefits of collagen for your tissues at the same time. Just take this ready mix from Vital Proteins and stir into hot water or add to your favorite green smoothie. You'll get crucial amino acids, anti-inflammatory compounds, and more, all from pasture raised cattle and the best organic tea. ~
For the true, true stories behind this incredible foodstuff, read on.
Next time you're in the mood for a little bit of a nutritional boost with some non-jittery energy to boot, have yourself a merry little cup of collagen. Yes, that's right: collagen for your tissues, with matcha tea for your brain and a spot of coconut water to make everything come together. This is Matcha Collagen from Vital Proteins and you can mix it directly into water for an instant beverage, day or night. Of course it goes beautifully in smoothies or green juices, as well. Sourced only from the best quality Japanese green tea, this Matcha is quite amazing.
Why collagen? Why Matcha? Collagen's benefits are pretty well-known, at least in the Paleosphere. But now, what is this Matcha thing? In a nutshell, it's a specific kind of green tea, powdered down into a near-instant form. But preparing traditional Matcha is either extremely simple, or extremely ceremonial.
There's a certain number of us who first heard of the ceremony of matcha by a little movie called Karate Kid 2. (Gen X'ers know what I am talking about.) There's a scene—in a lush gazebo, of course—where a teenage girl shows Daniel-san the seemingly laborious process of warming, pouring, mixing, whisking, and finally serving the tea. It was a nice scene, but I certainly wasn't ready to start drinking weird powdered green stuff at that age. Cue to 20 years later and boy howdy do I know all the benefits of high quality green tea, from antioxidants to buzz-free mental energy.
When there's no time for pomp and ceremony, just stir up a cup of this ready nectar. Your head and your joints will thank you.
This is why Vital Proteins makes Matcha Collagen for you.
From Vital Proteins: "Collagen peptides are short chain amino acids naturally derived from pasture-raised collagen protein. Unlike gelatin, these peptides are soluble in cold liquids as well as hot. Collagen peptides contain the same amino acids as gelatin which are identical to the protein found in skin, nails, hair, bones, cartilage, and joints. Gluten Free, rBGH Free, Non GMO."
And about their Matcha tea: it's so easy! Full of all of the goodness of green tea from L-Theanine to antioxidants and more. Matcha contains 137 times the amount of free radical-fighting antioxidants as other green teas - whoa!
"Antioxidant-rich matcha green tea has long been a component in ancient Japanese tea ceremonies. Our highest-quality food-grade matcha is of the finest quality and is mixed with our signature Collagen Peptides, which support bone, joint, hair, skin, and nail health."
Why Vital Proteins Matcha Collagen is so good for you
Here are just a few of the benefits to Matcha + Collagen all together:
- Promotes youthful skin, healthier hair, and stronger nails
- Helps keep bones healthy and strong
- Reduces joint pain and helps prevent joint degeneration
- Natural glycine is anti-inflammatory and can improve sleep quality
- 10 grams of collagen per serving sourced from grass-fed, pasture-raised bovine
- L-theanine provides calm, steady alertness, mitigating the crashing effect of caffeine while still providing energy
- Whole30-approved! Woohoo!
Here are some of the amazing nutrients in Vital Proteins Matcha Collagen
Three magical ingredients: 100% South American Pasture Raised Bovine Hide Collagen Peptides, Matcha Tea powder, and Coconut Water powder
First, you've got gelatin/collagen 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!
Next up is Matcha tea. All the nutrients and benefits of the best green tea, magnified. Seriously amazing stuff, with the feel-good nutrient known as L-Theanine that will help with your energy and mood.
Finally, a bit of bliss for your taste buds: coconut water powder. It makes every sip gently sweet without any overpowering flavors, blending nicely with the tea and collagen to make for a delicious cup every time.
How do you take your Matcha Collagen? Yum!
With matcha collagen, 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.
How about a recipe that combines a few Paleo favorites? Here's one for any season - an "artillery-proof" matcha latte, great for for breakfast or a filling pick-me-up any time of day, if that's how you roll.
Artillery-Proof Matcha Latte (serves 1)
1 scoop Matcha Collagen
1 tablespoon grass-fed butter
1 tablespoon MCT oil (or coconut oil)
Directions: Place all ingredients in a blender (or in a tall mug and use your favorite stick blender!) and blend until foamy and awesome. Pour into mug, enjoy!
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.
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.
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.