This post is sponsored by Vital Proteins.
Ok, I admit it. I’m not a real grown up. I hate coffee. There. I said it. Supposedly, coffee has all these magical qualities and can, like, raise the dead (or the very tired). Personally, I just can’t palate the bitter stuff, and I’m really sensitive to caffeine, so it makes me feel awful to boot. But, I wanted to get in on the goodness of the “bulletproof” trend as a way to get in some fast, easy nutrients first thing in the morning. And, I wanted to make it kid-friendly, because generally whatever I eat or drink, my four boys are also going to be eating or drinking. Thus, “Bulletproof Chocolate Milk” was born. And it’s good y’all.
I wrote recently about why our family made the switch to Vital Proteins collagen products, but I’ll give the rundown below.
Here a few reasons we prefer Vital Proteins over other brands:
- Cleaner taste and texture
- Honest, clear advertising (it says right on the container that it’s pasture-raised!)
- Higher content of essential amino acids and protein
Now that our family has found we love and trust Vital Proteins, we generally use it everyday, putting the Collagen Protein (aka gelatin) in smoothies and puddings, or using the Collage Peptides in milk or smoothies. We love collagen for so many reasons.
- improves the appearance and texture of hair, skin and nails
- strengthens the bones and joints
- helps with weight maintenance
- assists with muscle building and recovery
- helps to rebuild the digestive tract
Because collagen has such a well-rounded amino acid profile, it provides key nutrients our diet might otherwise be lacking. Amino acids are important because they help regenerate tissue, promote healthy digestion, support and stimulate the immune system, reduce inflammation, regulate the nervous system, plus more! I love that by adding this food-based supplement to foods we’re already eating, we up our nutritional game big-time.
Many people want to know the difference between collage protein and collagen peptides. Collagen protein is what you know as gelatin. When dissolved in warm liquid, then allowed to set, it becomes jello. It’s great for making homemade jigglers and gummies, as well as adding to foods that will be consumed quickly, like smoothies or puddings, but left to sit very long, it gets thick, so it’s not a good option for everything. Collagen peptides, however, don’t require warm liquid to dissolve. This is a great option for smoothies as well and you don’t have to worry about your smoothie thickening if you don’t drink it right away. The only caveat is that peptides are a bit more processed and might not be a great option for those with compromised gut health. For this reason, I prefer the health benefits of the gelatin. However, I think for most folks, the peptides are great and offer a ton of benefits, including:
- high protein content (much better option as a protein supplement for smoothies than typical protein powders!)
- high amino acid content
- ease of use
I wanted to share an easy recipe with you to help you get started using collagen. Below, check out my recipe for Bulletproof Chocolate Milk!
Bulletproof Chocolate Milk
- 1 cup raw milk or non-dairy milk of choice, coconut milk is a good option
- 2 scoops Vital Proteins collagen peptides
- 1 1/2 T. cocoa powder
- 1 T. ghee
- 1 T. honey
- 1 t. vanilla
- dash of Real Salt
- Combine ingredients in your blender and blend away! Enjoy.
- (Note: This is enough for 1-2 people; I generally make 2-3 times this much when I'm sharing with my boys.)
- This chocolate milk provides tons of protein (almost 30 grams when raw cow's milk is used!), satiating, filling fats, a little sweet pick-me-up to get your blood sugar up, and even a smidge of caffeine, so it is perfect for a first breakfast (tell me I'm not the only one to eat first and second breakfast? every. day.), or as an afternoon snack.
- If you haven't tried Vital Proteins yet (wait, what? You haven't?!), go get some now!