I’m not the only one who is super excited about the upcoming release of Dr. Sarah Ballantyne’s Collagen Veggie Blend from Vital Proteins! The response from you has been overwhelming and for all of you who pre-ordered, your shipment is on its way! Woot! The official release date is April 3rd, 2017 and you can still save 10% on pre-orders if you order before then!
I collaborated with Vital Proteins to create this new, fully AIP, product to be something like an instant green smoothie: each serving has 3 servings of organic veggies, 1 serving of organic high-antioxidant fruit, and 20 grams of protein from grass-fed collagen peptides. There’s nothing added too, no sugars, no sweeteners, no stevia, no emulsifiers, no dyes, no flavors. Just 11 USDA organic fruits and vegetables and collagen. It stirs easily into water so you don’t need special equipment to enjoy it. And, it’s pretty impressively packed with nutrition. One serving has 21 grams of protein, 6 grams of fiber (that 25% of your RDA!), 220% of the RDA for vitamin A (as carotenoids), 300% of the RDA for vitamin C, an impressive 35% of the RDA of folate, 15% of the RDA for potassium, and 10% each of the RDA of calcium and iron… all for 150 calories and 7 grams of sugars all naturally-occurring in the included fruits and vegetables. It’s designed to be a nutrient-dense AIP on-the-go food and a super easy way for anyone who struggles to eat enough veggies to hit their 8-a-day minimum! Read more about the product and the collaboration in Announcing My NEW Vital Proteins Product!
The number one question I’ve been getting is why the $79-price tag for a 22-oz tub? Quite simply, there’s a whole lot in a tub, the equivalent of about $50 in fresh organic fruits and veggies plus a 10-oz tub of Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides which retails for $25, not to mention the time-savings and convenience of a shelf-stable powder that stirs nearly instantly into water. If you’re interested in this breakdown, I’ve shared the details in DIY Collagen Veggie Blend.
But, here’s the reason for sharing this recipe: my number one goal is to make getting enough vegetable servings per day for optimal health as easy as possible for you (see The Importance of Vegetables) along with the health benefits of collagen (see Why Broth is Awesome). And, while I clearly benefit if you purchase Collagen Veggie Blend, I care more about making healthy food choices as accessible as possible. So, here’s the exact recipe so you can make your own!
To make your own Collagen Veggie Blend, you’ll need a high-powered blender like a Blendtec or a Vitamix (most inexpensive blenders aren’t up to the task of blending raw carrot into a completely smooth smoothie). I also made the assumption that you’d prefer to use regular cherries as opposed to purchasing freeze-dried acerola cherries, although if you do choose to purchase this superfood ingredient (one of the top food sources of vitamin C and very high in phytochemicals!), you’ll need about 3/4 teaspoon.
Also, just like Collagen Veggie Blend, this drink is not sweet. There’s just enough fruit included to offset the bitterness of the veggies. I think it’s tasty on its own (note, I really love plain veggie juices with no fruit ingredients), but if it’s not sweet enough for your liking, try adding half a banana, a teaspoon of honey, or half an apple.
Prep Time: 5 to 10 minutes
Cook Time: None
- 1 1/2 cups organic spinach
- 1/3 cups organic kale
- 1/2 medium organic carrots
- 1 Tbsp organic broccoli florets
- 3 Tbsp organic blueberries
- 3 Tbsp organic blackberries
- 3 Tbsp organic strawberries
- 1/2 tsp organic lemon juice
- 1 Tbsp organic raspberries
- 2 tsp organic [acerola] cherries
- 1 tsp organic cranberries
- 2 scoops Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
- 8 ounces ice cold water
- Combine all of the ingredients into a blender and blend on high, or with smoothie function if your blender has one, until completely pureed.