Collagen Veggie Blend – Recipes and How to Use It!

No matter how you look at it, we NEED nutrients. For most of us, our bodies are compromised when it comes to absorbing nutrients (thanks to leaky gut), so what is the best approach? Nutrient Density. This is one of, if not the most, crucial part of any healing diet. You want to focus on getting the most nutrients per bite of food!

One way to do this, one very important way, is to eat your VEGTABLES! I love veggies, and the more I include them in my diet, the more I appreciate them. I even crave them. In fact, I’m really looking forward to some roasted brussel sprouts for dinner tonight, Yesssss I really am! 

However, I know this is not the case for most people embarking on a healing diet. If you’re coming from a Standard American Diet, chances are your taste buds are accustomed to the taste of refined foods, artificial flavors, and bad fats.

The good news is that you can retrain your taste buds.

Start including as many vegetables as you can stand into your daily diet. Flavour your veggies:  roast them with good oils and fats, such as coconut oil, avocado oil, pastured lard, or grass-fed tallow; create salads with flavourful salad dressings; make pureed veggie bone broth soups.  It may take time, but if you’re consistent and vary the vegetables you eat, you will soon be craving them as well.

As much as I hate to focus on the disadvantages of a healing diet, let’s face it, it takes a lot of preparation, time in the kitchen, and dishes! Once in a while, we just want the nutrients without the work. Solution: veggie powders

Most veggie and green powders out there include non-AIP ingredients, such as chlorella and spirulina.  Although these are considered superfoods, they are also immune stimulators, which can be detrimental to those with autoimmune issues. I’ve been looking for an AIP compliant veggie powder for awhile now, I even contemplated making my own, which totally defeats the main purpose: convenience.  SO I am thrilled with this new Collagen Veggie Blend created by Sarah Ballentyne and Vital Proteins. It’s completely AIP compliant, containing:

  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Carrot
  • Blueberry
  • Blackberry
  • Strawberry
  • Lemon
  • Raspberry
  • Broccoli
  • Cherry
  • Cranberry
  • and of course Collagen, you all know I love Collagen, right? I talk about my love for collagen here and here.

I do enjoy Veggie Collagen Blend simply mixed with water for a nutrient boost,  and I think it’s perfect to pack in a small container to carry along with you while on-the-go since it’s simple to shake into a water bottle. 

One serving contains 3 servings of whole organic vegetables, 1 serving of high-antioxidant organic fruit, and 20 grams of protein from collagen peptides!  

However, if your taste buds are still adjusting to real food, you may prefer to have it incorporated in a smoothie or a healing treat –  two perfect ways to get veggies in without even realizing it.  I’m excited to share with you not one, not two, but THREE recipes using the Collagen Veggie Blend!

But before I share these recipes,  I thought I’d list a few other ways I enjoy the collagen veggie blend:

  • Mixed in coconut yogurt with a bit of honey or carob.
  • Mixed in with fresh lemon juice, honey, and filtered water (mineral water if you like a very foamy drink).
  • Mixed into a cup of applesauce (another great snack for on-the-go or travel).

I’ve come a long way from the carnation instant breakfast shake I used to consume back in the day. Now my morning shakes are in the form of smoothies, which are filled with healthy fats, greens, vegetables, and fruit.  I’m a huge fan of smoothies and here’s why:

  • Convenient
  • Great way to get your greens and veggies in (especially if your taste buds are still adjusting to real food).
  • Easy to digest. (Remember: digestion is activated by chewing,  you can either eat a little something along side your smoothie OR actually chew your smoothie!)
  • Filled with bio-available nutrients
  • Simple to add in healing supplements (like Collagen Veggie Blend).
  • Kids love them.
  • Flavour combinations are endless

Now on to the recipes: two smoothies and a treat!

Yield: 2 servings

"Chocolate" Veggie Smoothie (AIP/Paleo)

Prep Time:
5 minutes
Total Time:
5 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Enjoy!

Strawberry Basil Mint Smoothie (AIP/Paleo)

Yield: 2 servings

Strawberry Basil Mint Smoothie (AIP/Paleo)

Prep Time:
5 minutes
Total Time:
5 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Enjoy

Healthy “Chocolate” Pudding (AIP/Paleo)

Yield: 2 servings

Healthy “Chocolate” Pudding (AIP/Paleo)

Prep Time:
5 minutes
Total Time:
5 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender or food processor.
  2. Puree until smooth. You may need to pause and scrape the sides of the blender.
  3. Enjoy!

9 Comments

  1. Hello!
    Thanks for sharing these! Unfortunately I have an allergy to bananas, any recommendations of something to sub for the banana in these?? Thank you!

    • Hi Chelsea,

      In both carob recipes, you could try adding more avocado with a little maple syrup or honey if you find it needs a bit more sweet. In the Strawberry Basil Mint smoothie, mango might work well! Hope this helps 🙂

  2. I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis about 9 months ago on my 25th birthday, and I’ve been trying to compile some recipes before I finally tackle AIP. I would drink a Carnation shake every morning in high school, so I’m glad I found these recipes! I sooo miss the convenience of just adding some powder to milk for breakfast lol thanks for the recipes!

  3. The recipes are not here.

  4. Was so unsure how to use this stuff, and I have had it sitting in the cupboard for almost 2 years! Luckily it has an expired so I’m ready to get started on some of these yummy recipes, starting with your pudding recipe first. Thanks so much for taking the time to create and post these recipes for everyone to enjoy. Wishing you the best of health!

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