What is the Collagen Veggie Blend?
Vital Proteins and Dr. Sarah Ballantyne have joined forces to create the Collagen Veggie Blend, a nourishing blend of 11 USDA Organic fruits and vegetables with 20g of collagen peptides (per serving) that adds a vital dose of nutrients into your diet. This AIP Approved blend promotes youthful skin, healthier hair, and stronger nails, maintains healthy joints and bones, and supports skin hydration and elasticity.
Benefits of the Collagen Veggie Blend
Vital Proteins Collagen Veggie Blend is a nourishing blend of 11 fruits and vegetables and 20g of collagen per servings, giving the body vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber. This Whole30 Approved, paleo friendly, AIP Approved blend supports hair, skin, and nail health, promotes bone and joint strength, and supports overall gut health. The Collagen Veggie Blend is blendable in smoothies, sauces, or simply water for easy consumption that will replenish and restore for a full, vital life. Making the Collagen Veggie Blend part of a daily routine offers several benefits:
Maintaining bone and joint health
Collagen contributes to supporting joint health often associated with aging and has shown to reduce signs of joint deterioration (2). Studies have shown that collagen is effective in treating patients with osteoarthritis and other disorders (1).
Three servings of fruits and vegetables
The Collagen Veggie Blend contains 11 USDA Organic fruits and vegetables, including spinach, kale, carrots, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, lemons, raspberries, broccoli, acerola cherries, and cranberries which provide vital nutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants. One serving of the Collagen Veggie Blend contains 11,190 IU of Vitamin A (220% Daily Value), 180mg of Vitamin C (300% Daily Value), and 6g of fiber.
Rich in Glycine
The Collagen Veggie Blend contains 18 amino acids, including 3,719mg of glycine. Glycine is an essential amino acid that is integral in building muscle and has been shown to maintain lean muscle mass in aging adults, support production of cartilage joints, and helps produce the human growth hormone (3).
Supports skin hydration and elasticity
Studies have shown that collagen improved skin elasticity in women when ingested (4). Amino acids and collagen associated with bone broth have been scientifically shown to be directly related to healthier skin; higher intakes of collagen are associated with increased hydration and reductions in signs of aging on the skin such as wrinkles, fine lines and sagging (5).
Collagen Veggie Blend Molten Lava Cake
Prep time: 10 minutes
- 4 oz semisweet or bittersweet chocolate
- 4 Tbsp coconut oil
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 Tbsp maple syrup (optional)
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 2 scoops (42g) Collagen Veggie Blend
- additional 1-2 Tbsp each of coconut oil and cocoa powder to prepare ramekins (optional)
- Preheat oven to 375F and prepare four 6-oz ramekins. If you plan to serve in ramekins, there’s no need to grease and flour them. If you wish to inverse lava cakes onto a plate to serve, grease ramekins with coconut oil and dust with cocoa powder.
- In a medium microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate and coconut oil in the microwave on low power. (Alternately, you can melt in a double boiler.) Stir until smooth and let cool while preparing other ingredients.
- In a small bowl, beat eggs, vanilla, salt and maple syrup if using with a hand mixer until light and frothy, about five minutes (this can seem like an eternity with a hand mixer, but hang in there because it’s worth it!).
- Pour Collagen Veggie Blend over the chocolate and then egg mixture over the top. Then gently fold all the ingredients together until complete combined.
- Pour batter into prepared ramekins (they should be filled to within 3/4” of the top). Place the ramekins on a baking sheet and place in the oven (you can chill the ramekins for a few hours if you want to make them ahead of time, just make sure you bring them back to room temperature before baking).
- Bake for 10-11 minutes.
- Remove from oven and serve immediately. Enjoy!
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(2) Bruyère, O., Zegels, B., Leonori, L., Rabenda, V., Janssen, A., Bourges, C., & Reginster, J. (2012). Effect of collagen hydrolysate in articular pain: A 6-month randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled study. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 20(3), 124-130. doi:10.1016/j.ctim.2011.12.007
(3) Ham, D. J., Murphy, K. T., Chee, A., Lynch, G. S., & Koopman, R. (2014). Glycine administration attenuates skeletal muscle wasting in a mouse model of cancer cachexia. Clinical Nutrition, 33(3), 448-458. doi:10.1016/j.clnu.2013.06.013
(4) Proksch, E., Segger, D., Degwert, J., Schunck, M., Zague, V., & Oesser, S. (2014). Oral Supplementation of Specific Collagen Peptides Has Beneficial Effects on Human Skin Physiology: A Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study. Skin Pharmacology and Physiology,27(1), 47-55. doi:10.1159/000351376
(5) Asserin, Jérome, Elian Lati, Toshiaki Shioya, and Janne Prawitt. “The effect of oral collagen peptide supplementation on skin moisture and the dermal collagen network: evidence from an ex vivo model and randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trials.” Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology14.4 (2015): 291-301. Web.