Studies unequivocally show that the more fresh vegetables and fruit we consume daily, the lower our risk of every chronic illness (see The Importance of Vegetables and The Amazing World of Plant Phytochemicals: Why a diet rich in veggies is so important!), with the cusp for maximizing our benefits of high-veggie intake being 8+ servings every day. Of course, traditional cultures far outperform even this veggie intake benchmark, typically consuming between 50 and 200 grams of fiber a day from 100 to 200 different species of plants (see Carbs Vs. Protein Vs. Fat: Insight from Hunter-Gatherers and The Diet We’re Meant to Eat, Part 3: How Much Meat versus Veggies?). For reference, a typical serving of vegetables or fruit contains 3 to 5 grams of fiber (see Fantastic Fiber). If that makes you feel like you need to up your game, then you’ll love to know that Collagen Veggie Blend has been reformulated to be better than ever!
Getting 8+ Servings of Veggies Daily
Let’s start with defining just how much a serving is. The standard vegetable and fruit serving size established by the World Health Organization in 2005, and used in more scientific studies evaluating benefits of high vegetable and fruit consumption, is defined as 80 grams raw, or just shy of 3 ounces.
This roughly translates to:
- 1 cup raw vegetables
- ½ cup cooked vegetables
- 2 cups raw leafy greens
- 1 medium fruit (about the size of baseball)
- ½ cup chopped fruit (or berries)
- ½ cup cooked fruit
Depending on what types of veggies and fruit you choose, you’re looking at anywhere between 4 cups of cooked veggies to 16 cups of raw leafy greens to get those 8 servings. Yes, I realize that’s a lot for many people.
Whether you struggle to get your 8 servings a day in, or are looking to boost veggie and fruit intake to the next level, Collagen Veggie Blend is my solution.
The Problem with Greens Supplements
I love the idea of greens supplements: stir a few scoops of powder into a glass, chug it, and away you go. The only problem is that nearly all greens supplements options are made with ingredients that I don’t want to put into my body. Besides the obvious baddies like flavors, colors, preservatives, emulsifiers, anti-caking agents, and sweeteners, even some ingredients that might seem Paleo-friendly on the surface aren’t actually that awesome.
Ingredients that turn me away from greens supplements include:
- stevia, monk fruit, and sugar alcohols (see Why Is Sugar Bad?, Is It Paleo? Splenda, Erythritol, Stevia and other low-calorie sweeteners and Natural Sugars and their Place in Paleo)
- wheat grass and barley grass (they still contain agglutinins, see Are all lectins bad? (and what are lectins, anyway?) and Why Grains Are Bad-Part 1, Lectins and the Gut)
- plant proteins like pea protein (see Plant-Based Protein: What is its Role in the Paleo Diet?)
- spirulina and chlorella (while seaweed is amazing, algae is not, see Why Seaweed is Amazing!)
- “superfoods” like goji berry (see What Are Nightshades?)
- immune-stimulating plant extracts or adaptogens (see Demystifying Adrenal Fatigue, Pt. 3: Nutrition & Lifestyle Support for the Adrenal Glands)
- plant juices or extracts as opposed to the whole plant (because fiber is amazing, see 5 Reasons to Eat More Fiber)
Yes, when you take this level of fine-toothed comb to ingredients lists, it’s nearly impossible to find a greens supplement that doesn’t include problematic ingredients. That’s why I previously didn’t recommend any greens supplement… that is, until Collagen Veggie Blend!
I was frustrated at the lack of clean greens supplements options, so when I had the opportunity to co-create a veggie supplement void of any of these problematic ingredients AND compatible with the Autoimmune Protocol, I jumped at the chance!
My Collaboration with Vital Proteins
I have long supported Vital Proteins. They’re passionate about creating the best quality whole food-based supplements, and several of their products have been daily staples of mine for years (including Collagen Peptides and Encapsulated Liver). We started talking about a co-branded product (what eventually became Collagen Veggie Blend) nearly three years ago at the Nutritional Therapy Association AGM.
I wanted to create a veggie supplement with 100% clean ingredients, that complied with the Autoimmune Protocol, and that would make increasing veggie intake super easy and convenient for all of my followers. Okay, selfishly, I also wanted a veggie supplement for my own life. I know that I feel so much better when my veggie intake is up around 12 to 14 servings per day, but yes, I admit, that’s tough for me to accomplish regularly. Collagen Veggie Blend solved that issue for me and I credit much of my health improvements over the last year to my daily dose of extra veggies, fruit, and fiber.
The reason why this collaboration was a success is because Vital Proteins and I shared a common purpose: to create truly nourishing, truly convenient, and truly clean whole-foods based supplements that make your life easier. I am just so proud to have my name on every canister of Collagen Veggie Blend.
Why Collagen Veggie Blend?
Quite simply, Collagen Veggie Blend is designed to make upping your vegetable and fruit intake easy and convenient, while also supplying your body with quality collagen protein (rich in glycine, collagen is the same healthy protein in bone broth!) to support skin, hair, nail, gut and immune health (see The Health Benefits of Bone Broth and Why Broth is Awesome).
That’s it. Collagen Veggie Blend is convenience. Stir two scoops of powder into a glass and go. It’s great for busy mornings, travel, or a pick-me-up drink mid-afternoon. It’s also fantastic for supporting the gut microbiome after medication or illness, since the veggies and fruit are raw to maximize fermentation but such a find powder that it’s easy on the digestive system.
Obviously, if you’re a person who finds eating tons of veggies effortless, this isn’t a product for you. If you know you can up your veggies and want an easy way to do so, there’s actually the equivalent of FORTY (40!) servings of veggies and TEN servings of fruit in every single 20-oz canister! How many bags of groceries would it take to hold that many servings of fresh veggies and fruit?
Collagen Veggie Blend is Reformulated!
The primary difference is that we’ve upped the veggie to fruit ratio — it’s now 4:1 veggies to fruit. Half of the vegetables come from leafy greens (mostly kale and some spinach) and the other half from other veggies (mostly carrots and squash with some broccoli). The fruit are all high-antioxidant, low-sugar, nutrient-dense fruits (acerola cherry, lemon, blackberry, strawberry, raspberry and blueberry). Collagen Veggie Blend still provides a good amount of fiber with very little sugar (all naturally-occurring from the veggies and fruit).
Because we upped the veggies, we also reduced the serving size. One serving now gives you 2 servings of vegetables, 1/2 serving of fruit, and 10 grams of collagen peptides. The scoops are smaller so one serving is still two scoops, which means it’s easy to half your servings, 1.5X your servings (and get 3 servings of veggies like the old blend) or even double your servings (to get 20 grams of collagen peptides like the old blend).
We also adjusted the flavor profile. The old blend had a strong greens flavor that people tended to either love or hate. The new formulation has a much milder flavor, very reminiscent of carrot juice. If you didn’t love the flavor of the original blend, give the new formulation a try! Even better, there’s now a 10-oz. size container, convenient for travel, keeping at the office, or as a trial size if you aren’t sure whether or not Collagen Veggie Blend will be your thing.
Vital Proteins Veggie Blend Comparison
|Old Collagen Veggie Blend||New Collagen Veggie Blend|
|3:1 veggie to fruit ratio||4:1 veggie to fruit ratio|
|3 servings of vegetables||2 servings of vegetables|
|1 serving of fruit||½ serving of fruit|
|20 g of collagen||10 g of collagen|
|6 g fiber||3 g fiber|
|7 g sugar||5 g sugar|
|150 calories per serving||90 calories per serving|
|11 different organic veggies and fruit||11 different organic veggies and fruit|
|No squash||Added squash|
|Stronger flavor (strong greens taste)||Milder flavor (more like carrot juice)|
|15 servings per container (20 oz.)||20 servings per container (20 oz.)
10 servings per container (10 oz.)
|Only available in 20 oz. for $79||Now available in 20 oz. for $69
and 10 oz. for $39
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