This is a sponsored post written in partnership with Vital Proteins. All opinions are my own. 🙂
I’ve tried TONS of protein powders.
The main way I use them is to throw them in my smoothies following a workout. While protein powders still have a place in my heat (and pantry), they can sometimes be limiting in the fact that many are flavored. This obviously has an effect on the resulting smoothie and some ingredients may go well with one flavor but not another.
When I discovered Vital Proteins almost a year ago, it was a game-changer. Depending on which variety you choose, it can work seamlessly in both hot and cold liquids and is virtually undetectable (I sound like I’m leading up to a crime novel).
If you’ve been here for awhile, you know that I’ve written a lot about the benefits of collagen protein. The biggest for me is the muscle recovery following a workout, but with collagen there are the additional benefits of stronger hair and nails as well as making sure my bones and joints also stay strong in tandem with all the muscles I’m trying to build. 🙂
I wanted to take time today to share some quick and easy ways that you can use Vital Proteins in your daily routine. I find them more versatile than conventional protein powders, and I’ve done all the following things to incorporate them into my day.
This is probably the quickest and easiest way to get in your daily dose of collagen. Since it’s tasteless and easily dissolves, simply add a serving to your morning drink of choice: coffee, tea, juice, or even water.
One step up from drinks is smoothies. Simply toss some in with your other ingredients and VOILA.
Another cool thing about Vital Proteins is that you can add it into your baked goods. During the holidays I made some delicious cookies with it, but you can experiment and add some in to your next dish!
Collagen will even dissolve in yogurt, so next time you have some, add in some collagen for an extra protein punch.
First off, I can’t believe my lack of oatmeal eating this winter. Last year I was making tons in my rice cooker and this year I think I’ve had maybe one bowl. There is something wrong with this.
ANYWAY, here is another way to get some protein in with your breakfast. Add a serving as you make your oatmeal and you’re good to go. You can even use the beef gelatin if you want to thicken it up since it starts to gel some as it cools. GO CRAZY.
6. Nut butter
This one is obvious since most of my Vital Proteins posts have been nut butter recipes. If you make your own at home (seriously, do it), just add your collagen in while the nuts are processing and you’ve added a punch of protein to your next snack!
With the addition of their travel packs, Vital Proteins has made it possible to take care of business on the go. I’ve never been someone to portion out protein powder when I travel, but I’ve definitely taken these with me when I go. They’re super convenient and you can toss them in anything!
A couple notes:
- These collagen products are made from either beef or fish, so if you’re a vegan, they won’t be for you. Pescatarians are able to use the marine collagen.
- The most versatile of the products are the collagen peptides (blue container) or the marine collagen (teal container). If you’re looking for one to start with, try those first.
- The beef gelatin can only be used in hot liquids and will gel as it cools, so don’t get all crazy and add it to your smoothie like I did the other day unless you want to chew it first. 🙂
- Have you used Vital Proteins?
- What other ways can you incorporate it into your routine?