Sweet Potato, Banana, Oatmeal Chocolate Collagen Smoothie

Here is a thick and creamy shake you are going to love! It is the perfect combination of tasty, satisfying and healthy; gluten free, high fiber & protein – plus loads of vitamin A.

1 scoop Protein Essentials Chocolate Collagen Drink Mix
1 c almond milk
1/2 frozen banana
1/3 c frozen roasted sweet potato
1 packet Nature’s Path Organic Foods Qi’a Oatmeal

Add all the ingredients to your blender and mix until desired consistency is achieved. The chia seeds, buckwheat, hemp and quinoa from the Qi’a really add to the thickness of this smoothie and take it to a new level. Enjoy!

 

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Mocha Peppermint Smoothie

Today is a great day for a Mocha Peppermint Smoothie. A delicious holiday treat with a healthy twist from collagen protein and spinach! This gluten free, dairy free smoothie is perfect for an after school treat or an energizing breakfast.

3/4 c almond milk
1 small handful baby spinach
1/2 frozen banana
1 scoop Protein Essentials Mocha Protein Powder
1 t orange zest
1/8 t of peppermint extract
Add all the ingredients to a blender and process until desired consistency is achieved. Top with whipped topping and crushed candy cane pieces. Enjoy!

 

Peppermint Mocha Smoothie

Mocha Sweet Potato Green Smoothie

This delicious high protein smoothie packs a punch with a ton of health benefits! The fiber content in sweet potatoes is good for digestion, in fact they are soothing to the stomach.  Plant foods like sweet potatoes that are high in both vitamin C and beta-carotene offer an immunity boost from their powerful combination of nutrients. Combine sweet potato with Protein Essentials Mocha Collagen and you have tasty smoothie with benefits!

2/3 c roasted sweet potato, frozen
2/3 c baby spinach or kale
1 scoop Protein Essentials Mocha Drink Mix
1/2 small banana, frozen
1 T almond butter
1 c almond milk

Add all the ingredients to a blender and process until desired consistency is achieved. Enjoy!

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Dinner Smoothie w Collagen Protein

The dinner smoothie. Perfect for days when you ate more than you planned throughout the day. Late business lunch? No problem – dinner smoothie. Load your smoothie with healthy fats and collagen protein – it will be easy on your gut and the glycine in Protein Essentials collagen can help to induce sleep.

1 heaping cup spinach kale mix
1 small frozen banana
1 T nut butter
1 scoop Chocolate Protein Essentials
1 T groud flaxseed, pumpkin seed, sunflower seed combo
1/2 T chia seed
1 T chopped pistachio
1/2 c almond milk

Add all the ingredients to a blender. Process until desired consistency is achieved.
Enjoy!

Dinner Smoothie

 

 

Mocha Protein Bar Smoothie w Maca

Delicious use of bars that have been hanging around the pantry for a while! This protein packed smoothie combines strawberries, Protein Essentials Mocha Collagen Protein Powder, maca, cacao nibs, chia seeds and a bar that may or may not be past its peak freshness. *

5 strawberries
1 scoop Protein Essentials Mocha Collagen Protein Shake
1 T Warrior Vitality Blend (chia, maca & cacao nib blend)
1 Kind Bar or any similar small bar
1 c almond milk
4 ice cubes

Add everything to blend and blend until desired consistency is achieved. Enjoy!

*According to the US Department of agriculture website http://www.fsis.usda.gov:   A “Best if Used By/Before” indicates when a product will be of best flavor or quality. It is not a purchase or safety date. A “Sell-By” date tells the store how long to display the product for sale for inventory management. … A “Use-By” date is the last date recommended for the use of the product while at peak quality.

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10 Easy Ways to Add Collagen Protein to Your Daily Routine

  1. Add a scoop to your morning cup of coffee or tea. You will not notice a difference. Protein Essentials Collagen with Peptan is tasteless and odorless.
  2. Having heart healthy oatmeal for breakfast? Excellent choice, especially when you stir in a scoop of collagen. This also works great in overnight oats or quinoa.
  3. More of an eggs for breakfast person? Collagen is your friend here too. When you are whisking your eggs, whisk in a scoop of Protein Essentials Collagen.
  4. Yogurt is a popular and healthy choice for snacks and lunch. Stir in some collagen to pump up the protein and help you feel full longer.
  5. Another high protein snack is nut butter with apple slices and celery. Stir a scoop of Protein Essentials Collagen into your nut butter and you will increase your protein by 7 grams!
  6. Collagen infused smoothies are a great snack, remember if you are having a smoothie as a snack to practice portion control. Add nutrient rich greens to ensure your smoothie is a healthy snack.
  7. Iced Tea is a popular summer refresher that is now available in an array of fresh flavors. Stir in some collagen, and you will be sipping a protein rich refreshment.
  8. Having a salad with dinner? Stir some collagen into your dressing for a lovely protein boost.
  9. Stir a scoop or two of collagen into your marinara for a protein rich spaghetti dinner. Perfect protein bump!
  10. Pancakes for dinner? Who doesn’t love breakfast for dinner?! It’s easy to add Protein Essentials Collagen to your pancake mix – swap out a 1/4 cup of flour and replace it with collagen. Delicious Protein Pancakes!

Check out our website http://www.proteinessentials.com for recipes.

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin…..this recipe makes about 1 cup with 196 calories, lots of antioxidants and a boost of protein. Plus, it tastes great!

1/3 c Pumpkin Pie Puree
1/2 c Almond Milk
1/2 small frozen banana
1/2 t chia seeds
1/2 t cacao nibs
2 ice cubes
1 scoop Protein Essentials Hydrolyzed Collagen

Put everything in a blender and mix until desired consistency is achieved.
Top with chopped nuts, a dash of cinnamon or nutmeg if desired.

 

 

Pomegranate Smoothie

Pomegranates are in season October through February – they just started appearing in the grocery isles. These lovely shaped reddish brown fruits contain tiny teardrop shaped seeds enveloped in deep yellow pith. The seeds, also known as arils, burst in your mouth with a tart, juicy sweetness. Pomegranate has been used in folk medicine for thousands of years, more recently it has become known as a superfood. It is believed that pomegranate can relieve symptoms of many diseases. Pomegranates contain antioxidants meaning they help protect cells from damage and may lower inflammation. Pomegranate seeds also high in vitamin C, providing about 40% of the daily requirement.

1/2 c pomegranate
1/2 c vanilla yogurt
1 small frozen banana
1/4 c almond milk
1 scoop Protein Essentials Hydrolyzed Collagen

It is actually simple to remove the fruit from a pomegranate. Cut it in halves or quarters, gently squeeze it over a large mouthed bowl. Tap the skin with a wooden spoon to further loosen the fruit. Nudge the remaining fruit out with the handle side of the wooden spoon. Clean up quickly as they can stain surfaces.

Put all the ingredients in the blender and let it rip.

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Superfruit Smoothie

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Katy’s Kitchen has been working hard to bring you tasty ways to incorporate our Peptan® Hydrolyzed Collagen protein powder and Perform 100 Energy & Recovery supplement into your daily life. Today’s recipe is packed with nutritious fruits, making it a naturally sweet and energizing smoothie. Take this smoothie up a notch by adding Protein Essentials hydrolyzed collagen, so your body gets the amino acids it needs and a boost in connective tissue and joint health.

To make this smoothie you’ll need:

– 15 frozen grapes

– 2/3 cups skim milk

– 15 blackberries

– 1/4 cup blueberries

– 2 Tablespoons blueberry acai light-fit yogurt 

– 2 scoops Protein Essentials Peptan® Hydrolyzed Collagen

Put all ingredients into a Vitamix or blender and mix to desired consistency.

Have any great protein smoothie recipes? Share them with Protein Essentials and you could be featured on our blog! Share your recipes with us on our Facebook page.

Top Five Beverages that Taste Great with Peptan® Hydrolyzed Collagen

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Photo: Molly Wagener ©

So you have purchased Peptan® Hydrolyzed Collagen and you are on your way to healthier and rejuvenated skin, stronger bones, improved connective tissue and muscle growth, but you have hit a road block. With the bag of Protein Essentials collagen in one hand and the scooper in the other, you think to yourself, “What do I put this in?”. Fret no longer, here at Protein Essentials we have been busy determining the top 5 beverages that taste amazing with Peptan® Hydrolyzed Collagen.

1. Coffee

For many, the day does not and can not begin until a fresh batch of joe has been brewed and consumed. Fortunately, your morning roast is the perfect beverage to add Protein Essentials hydrolyzed collagen. The bold flavors of your cup of joe will blend with the unflavored collagen, providing you with the morning jolt you need as well as the many benefits of a paleo superfood.

2. Emergen-C

Woke up feeling run down or with a case of the sniffles? Have no fear, Emergen-C mixed with Peptan® Hydrolyzed Collagen or even our Perform 100 recovery supplement make amazing cold fighting teams, giving you a much needed immune system boost while also combating joint and muscle pain.

3. Smoothie

Nothing beats a perfectly blended smoothie with naturally sweet and nutrient rich fruits. Give your smoothie a protein punch by adding Protein Essentials hydrolyzed collagen. With an abundance of smoothie recipes to satisfy any mood, it’s easy to mix up your morning smoothie ritual. You can find delicious smoothie recipes from Katy’s Kitchen on our website.

4. Tea

Looking for a beverage that is both warm and relaxing? Tea is a great option as it is chock full of beneficial herbs, it contains a bit of caffeine to kick start your day, and it fights free radicals. The variety of tea flavors available make it an exceptionally versatile beverage for adding collagen protein.

5. Gatorade

If you’re an athlete, replenishing electrolytes is key to building muscle and staying hydrated. Gatorade is not only a great source of the potassium and sodium you need to combat dehydration, but it also contains a balance of carbs that aid muscle recovery. The benefits of Gatorade can be further enhanced by adding Peptan® Hydrolyzed Collagen or our Perform 100 recovery powder. This powerful combo will keep you hydrated while simultaneously promoting connective tissue health and alleviating muscle and joint pain.

How do you take your Protein Essentials Hydrolyzed Collagen? Hit us up on facebook or twitter and let’s keep this list growing!