Going Further Into Collagen

Drinks, Products I Love

Lately I have seen so many up and coming trends of people using Collagen protein supplements to add to their daily routines. I have been super interested in trying it and experiencing its benefits.


What is “collagen”?

From Further Food, “Collagen is the most abundant protein in our body, making up 90% of connective tissue, 90% organic bone mass, and 70% of our skin. In our early 20s, collagen production decreases, with 50% of our supply depleted by our 60s. Decreased collagen means more wrinkles, saggy skin, joint stiffness, weaker bones and thinner hair. Luckily, supplementation has been proven to prevent and reverse the effects of this loss.”


Some of the benefits of taking collagen supplements include: promoting weight loss, builds stronger bones, alleviates inflammation, improves flexibility, speeds up muscle recovery time, prevents heartburn, repairs intestinal lining, contains 18 amino acids and 8 essential amnio acids (imperative to post workout recovery), smoothes cellulite/ stretch marks/ acne scars, reduces wrinkles, hydrates skin, and builds strong hair/ teeth/ nails.

I have finally had the chance to get my own collagen supplements and put it to the test! I got my first collagen tub from Further Collagen . The first thing I thought was, “What can I mix this with?” It is a powder form, just like any other protein powder. I always wondered “Does it taste weird? What does collagen powder mix well with?” With these first few questions, I did a little research and looked up what I could mix it with! I found some amazing recipes and information about it from the Further Food’s website about their product. To my surprise, you can seriously just mix it into anything, just like you would with other protein powders. I immediately started to play around with it in the kitchen to try my first collagen experience. Of course my go-to protein mix in is a smoothie. So I whipped it up in a delicious Pumpkin Spice flavored smoothie.

Blender Recipe:

  • Ice
  • 1 frozen banana
  • Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spice Almond Milk
  • A scoop of Further Collagen
  • Half of a persimmon
  • Tablespoon of Salba Chia Seeds
  • A dash of cinnamon
  • A pinch of Pumpkin Pie Spice

And topped it off with:

It turns out that I don’t even taste it! The best part about it is that it is flavorless, does not have an odor, and does not have a weird gelatin texture. It dissolves well in anything. As I look through Further Food’s recipes with collagen, it makes me realize how versatile it really is! You can mix it and make it into smoothies, soups, puddings, frosting/spreads, cakes, breads, omelets, literally EVERYTHING. Pretty cool!



I also love that this Further Collegan is super clean. I like how it is simply just the collagen with nothing else added. It is made with 100% South American Pasture Raised Bovine Hide Collagen Peptides that is grass-fed, pasture-raised, non-GMO, kosher, gluten-free, and paleo. There are only 29 calories, 7g of protein, with 0g sugar, and 0g carbs in one scoop. Seeing that as a Type 1 Diabetic is a plus for me. So it does not affect my blood sugars spiking it with the powder alone. One of the most frustrating things is finding a protein powder (or some kind of supplement) that doesn’t have a whole bunch of added sugar and carbs to make is taste better. When supplements add those sneaky added sugars to just make the supplement taste good, it ends up spiking my blood sugars.


So over all, I am quite impressed with my first collagen experience! I can’t wait to make more things with it and incorporate it into more of my recipes!

If you are interested in trying it out too, here is where you can grab your first tub like me from: Further Collegan

AND receive 10% off your order with this coupon code too: GRETCHEN10

Banana Date Smoothie

Diabetic Tips For Working Out, Drinks, Snacks

Soothing comfort is what I think of when I have this smoothie. For us T1Ders this smoothie is a little more on the sugary side of drinks. However, I love this smoothie for after a long workout where I need those extra carbs and sugars to get my numbers back up. The protein in it helps restore and rebuild all the those sore muscles that you have just finished working out. The potassium from the banana helps enhance your muscles’ strength, metabolism, electrolyte functions, and water balance. And the flax seeds give you fiber and tons of Omega-3s that you need.

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I got this recipe is from Further Food, here is their recipe:

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Throw all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Ready to enjoy!

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Per serving: 18g sugar

strawberry banana smoothie

Classic Strawberry Banana Hearts Smoothie

Drinks

Show a bit of love every day! How about a classic strawberry banana smoothie for your morning get up?! It’s cool, it’s refreshing, it’s perfection. Plus it puts a little smile on your face with some extra creativity with the bananas!

strawberry smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • Scoop of protein powder (I used vanilla Vega protein powder [AF Link])
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla (optional if you don’t use vanilla protein)
  • Half a banana, sliced into hearts- optional if you wanted to do the banana heart slices on the glasses

Directions

1. Place all ingredients into a blender and enjoy that happiness!

2. To make the banana hearts on the glass, take your banana slices and cut them into a heart shape. Then take eat heart and stick it to the inside of a dry glass. Press down on the hearts to make sure that they are suctioned to the glass. Then with a ladle, spoon the smoothie into the glass and enjoy!

banana hearts

To make it a well rounded breakfast, add a scoop of protein powder for that must-have protein! I use Vega Vanilla Protein (Amazon Affiliate Link). It contains only 160 calories, less than 1 gram of sugar (from whole food ingredients) with no added sugar, 20g of plant based protein, gluten free, dairy free, soy free, and has 6 servings of your daily greens. Woot!

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green smoothie

Freaky Green Frankenstein Superfood Smoothie

Breakfast, Drinks, Seasonal, Snacks

Green smoothies make for festive Halloween themed party snacks! Yummy for everyone and an easy way to get kids to drink some veggies and protein without them knowing it.

Superfoods improve health, boost immune system, elevates serotonin production, cleanses, lowers inflammation, and alkalizes the body.

superfood smoothie

Ingredients 

  • Bananas
  • Spinach
  • Scoop of protein powder (I used Vega vanilla flavor because it has greens, plant-based protein, and superfood ingredients in there as well)
  • Unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • Spiralina powder: An Aztec superfood that has the highest source of complete protein (65%). It is high in many vitamins and minerals (Vitamins B1, B2, B3, Copper, Iron, Omega-6, Omega-3), trace elements, phytonutrients, and enzymes.
  • Maca powder: Comes from the Peruvian Andes. Adaptogenic superfood that increases energy, endurance, strength, libido. Contains 20 amino acids.
  • Chlorella powder: Rich in protien, Vitamins A, B2, B3, Iron, Magnesium, Zinc, helps naturally detox the body from harmful metals, supports the immune system, and improves insulin sensitivity.
  • Flaxseed: Great source of micronutrients, dietary fiber, manganese, vitamin B1, Omega-3. Helps improve glycemic control for blood sugars, lowers cholesterol, and many other benefits.
  • Honey (sweetened to taste, optional)
  • Ice

Directions 

  1. Add all ingredients into a blender and blend well.
  2. Take clear plastic cups and with a Sharpie permanent marker, draw on Frankenstein’s face. I even used glass mason jars and wrote on it with a grease pencil. It stays on as you use it, but can be washed off later.
  3. Fill the cups with your blended green smoothie and watch Frankenstein’s face come to life!
  4. Enjoy your freaky green Frankenstein monster!
pumpkin spice latte

Low Carb Pumpkin Spice Latte

Drinks, Seasonal

I love getting my traditional Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte! But it is important to look up their nutritional facts for the amount of sugars and carbs that you are putting into your body. Ordering a normal medium pumpkin spice latte can seem so simple and no harm. You start drinking it and apply how a few units of insulin that you think it will cover. But your blood glucose still ends up spiking anyways! That little cup is hiding secrets from you. Its hiding its enormous amount of carbs from you! A medium with whipped cream and 2% milk has a whopping 52g carbs and 50g sugars! Just looking at that innocent cup, you would never know! So just be aware of what you are getting and it helps to do a quick search online for its nutrition facts.

Here’s a tip: Ever so often I do love to sip on a yummy PSL on a fall day, so I order one, but I ask for no whipped cream and for half the amount of pumps as usual. With half the amount of flavor pumps, you are able to cut those sugars in half and its favor is still just as strong! It’s still a lot of carbs, but every bit helps right?!

When you don’t feel like spending $4 a cup at Starbucks for a PSL and you want a healthier version with actual real pumpkin ingredients, here is a great recipe for a delicious fall morning cup!

healthy pal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 3 tablespoons of pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 drops of Stevia (or any choice of sweeter, honey, etc)
  • 8 ounces of brewed coffee or 1-2 shots shots of expresso
  • Cinnamon

Directions

  1. Heat almond milk and pumpkin in a saucepan together.
  2. Take off heat and stir in spices, sweetener, and vanilla. Pour into coffee cup.
  3. Use a frother or a blender to make milk foam. Then add the foam on top of the coffee and then top with sprinkled cinnamon
  4. Enjoy your very own yummy fall themed homemade PSL!

Total carbs 5g