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Anti-aging Collagen Boosting Smoothie

blueberries: nutrition powerhouse

I’m 48 years old and I get regularly asked the secret to having a great skin and not having wrinkles. I know they’re coming but for now I’ve managed to keep them at bay. While genetics play a key part in our health and physical makeup, lifestyle choices and what we feed our bodies have a bigger impact. In fact, you can override a big portion of genetics with lifestyle and food choices. Up until last year, I was an executive for a marketing and advertising agency, and living a very high-stress lifestyle. I felt the impact of this stress not only on my overall health but it was also visible on my skin. However, since leaving my job a few months ago, I’ve managed to get my vibrancy back and reverse the stress caused aging signs. And, if I have to name one thing, it would be this chocolatey anti-aging collagen boosting smoothie goodness! It tastes amazingly delicious, almost dessert like.

In the last year, I’ve combined this smoothie with 14-15 hour intermittent fasting, where I eat dinner around 8pm the night before. Next day, when I open the fast around 11am or so, I drink this collagen boosting smoothie to give my body all the nutrients that it can get and get the anti-aging benefits at a cellular level. This seems to work pretty great for me. I’ve noticed a significant increase in my energy levels and a boost in my moods, in addition to skin benefits.

In fact, a couple of years ago when I got lyme disease, a whole year of illness wreaked havoc on my skin (not to mention the rest of the health, but that’s another blog post). I truly believe that this smoothie recipe helped me revive my tired skin and get the nutrients my body desperately needed to heal. I could see a visible difference within 2-3 weeks or so after I started drinking this regularly.

Anti-aging Smoothie
A smoothie that promotes healthy skin and cellular aging.

Here’s my basic recipe, and I often add other ingredients that my body might need at specific times and seasons…

Tips for a healthy smoothie

Basics key components of smoothies include a liquid base, low sugar fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats. Play with different combinations and go for variety to get a wide range of nutrients in your body. Here are a few quick tips for making your smoothies healthier:

  • Use an unsweetened liquid base: Since you’ll be adding fruit to your smoothie, it’s best not to use sweetened nut milks. Sugars can spike your blood sugar levels which can cause inflammation. Instead, opt for unsweetened homemade almond milk, coconut milk, nut milk or water. You can always add sweeter fruits such as pears, bananas or peaches if you prefer it slightly sweeter.
  • Add greens: Greens help you boost your nutrients and digestion. Smoothies are a great way to add your daily greens. Opt for a handful of fresh produce such as spinach, micro greens, baby kale or swiss chard. Start with a small amount if you’re not sure of the taste. Once you get used to it, you can always add more.
  • Use a variety of fruits: Some fruits are sweeter than others. Berries tend to be low in sugar and great source of antioxidants that are anti-aging and collagen boosting. Feel free to experiment with your favorite fresh or frozen organic fruits such as mangoes, peaches and strawberries.
  • Add healthy fats: Fats help you absorb nutrients from fruits and vegetables. Some healthy fats that you can add to your smoothies include MCT oil, coconut butter, extra virgin olive oil, nut butters like almond butter, seed butters such as sun butter, and avocado.
  • Take it up a notch with healing superfoods: Depending on the season and what my body might needs, I often add small amounts of hormone balancing Ashwagandha and Maca, immune boosting bee pollen, collagen boosters, calcium rich cacao, and anti-inflammatory turmeric to name a few.

Ingredients

Almond milk or any plant-based milk -1 cup

Fresh or frozen blueberries – ¼ cup

Banana – ½ (optional, remove if avoiding sugars as banana can be high in sugar but does provide many other important nutrients)

Hemp seeds – 1 tablespoon

Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides – 1 scoop (or you can use our Plant-based Vegan Collagen Booster)

Cacao powder – 1 tablespoon

Handful of spinach or baby kale

Avocado – ¼

3-4 ice cubes

Method

Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend until creamy. Thin it with water if need be. Enjoy!

Anti-Aging Collagen Boosting Smoothie

An anti-aging collagen boosting smoothie recipe to help you revive tired skin and keep wrinkles at bay. It promotes vibrant skin and cellular health.

  • 1 cup Plant-based milk (E.g. almond, coconut, hemp or oat milk)
  • ½ cup Blueberries
  • ½ Banana ((optional, remove if avoiding sugars as banana can be high in sugar but does provide many other important nutrients))
  • 1 handful spinach
  • 1 tbsp Hemp seeds
  • 1 tbsp Cacao powder
  • 1 scoop Collagen (e.g. Vital Proteins )
  • ¼ Avocado
  • 3 Ice cubes
  1. Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend until creamy. Thin it with water if need be.

  • Use an unsweetened liquid base: Since you’ll be adding fruit to your smoothie, it’s best not to use sweetened nut milks. Instead, opt for unsweetened homemade almond milk, coconut milk, any other nut milk or water. You can always add sweeter fruits such as pears, bananas or peaches if you prefer it slightly sweeter.
  • Add greens: Greens help you boost your nutrients and digestion. Smoothies are a great way to add your daily greens. Opt for a handful of fresh produce such as spinach, micro greens, baby kale or Swiss chard. Start with a small amount if you’re not sure of the taste. Once you get used to it, you can always add more.
  • Use a variety of fruits: Some fruits are sweeter than others. Berries tend to be low in sugar and great source of antioxidants that are anti-aging and collagen boosting. Feel free to experiment with your favorite fresh or frozen organic fruits such as mangoes, peaches and strawberries.
  • Add healthy fats: Fats help you absorb nutrients from fruits and vegetables. Some healthy fats that you can add to your smoothies include MCT oil, coconut butter, extra virgin olive oil, nut butters like almond butter, seed butters such as sun butter, and avocado.
  • Take it up a notch with healing superfoods: Depending on the season and what my body might needs, I often add small amounts of hormone balancing Ashwagandha and Maca, immune boosting bee pollen, collagen boosters, calcium rich cacao, and anti-inflammatory turmeric to name a few.

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