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Green Tea Matcha Collagen Latte

In a previous post, I shared with you all my review on a new protein powder I recently tried, ‘Naked Whey’. The verdict was that I loved it and would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a high quality whey protein powder.  You can read the full post here on all of the reasons why I would recommend it including what to look for in a protein supplement so that you don’t waste your money!

While I love ‘Naked Whey’ for the creaminess and added protein boost that it gives my smoothies, it is not as versatile as one of my other absolute FAVORITE protein supplements, Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides.

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body. It ensures the cohesion, elasticity and regeneration of all of our connective tissues including our skin, tendons, ligaments, cartilage and even our bones. It also helps provide structure to our hair and nails.

Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides is more of a daily supplement for me for all of the wonderful health benefits that it provides. What makes it so versatile is the fact that it dissolves in both cold AND hot liquids. This makes it super easy to add to your morning coffee or tea, which I personally do pretty much every morning! Whey protein will not dissolve into hot liquids due to its chemical structure making it a better option for a protein boost to smoothies or post workout drinks.

I wrote a whole post on the benefits of collagen here if you’re interested in learning more so I won’t go into all those details in this post.

I personally have used Vital Proteins unflavored collagen peptides for a couple of years now and LOVE it. However, they recently rolled out a new product that I am so excited to share with you all! They have combined the numerous health benefits of collagen with the antioxidant powerhouse, matcha green tea to make matcha collagen.

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The matcha green tea used in this product is sourced from the Nishio, Aichi, Kyoto regions of Japan and is one of the highest quality food grade matcha’s available, making this a true superfood when combined with collagen.

You can read more on the health benefits of this superfood in a post on Vital Proteins site here.

If you’re a fan of green tea matcha latte’s like I am, I think you will enjoy my personal FAVORITE way to use matcha collagen below.

 

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Ingredients:

  • 1 scoop Vital Proteins Matcha Collagen
  • 1/4 cup filtered hot water
  • 1 cup choice of milk (I personally use unsweetened almond milk)
  • 1 heaping teaspoon of grass-fed butter
  • 1-3 teaspoons 100% pure maple syrup depending on desired sweetness

Instructions:

  1. Boil filtered water in a tea pot over the stove, then pour 1/4 cup of the boiling water over 1 scoop of Vital Proteins Matcha Collagen in a cup. Stir to combine well with a fork.
  2. In a separate pot over the stove, warm the milk, butter and maple syrup over medium high heat until it starts to slightly boil.
  3. Pour the matcha mixture into the pot and stir to combine with the milk mixture.
  4. In order to froth your drink, you will now need to either pour everything into a blender and pulse for 10-20 seconds or, pour back into your coffee mug and use a frother until you see a nice foamy texture appear. This step is definitely necessary for a coffee shop worthy drink in the comfort of your own home!
  5. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Naked Whey Protein Review

While I am a proponent of eating protein in whole food form over supplements, there is benefit to finding and having high quality protein powders to have on hand.

For me, in the busy season of life that I am in as a mom to a 2 year old and 5 month old, convenience is nice when it comes to getting in the nutrition that I need throughout the day. However, I never want quality to be compromised for the sake of convenience. So, when I am looking for a protein powder to have on hand to throw in a quick smoothie for an easy morning breakfast or lunch on those busy days, there are specific things that I am looking to avoid.

The same should apply for anyone. Quality matters when it comes to choosing a protein powder, no matter what your goals are. So, wether your goal is to have a quick convenient source of protein to have on hand as a busy mom, or to improve your performance in the gym, make sure to look for and avoid the following things. Otherwise, you are wasting your money.

Things I Recommend Avoiding in Protein Powders:

  • artificial sweeteners or colors
  • Gluten and Soy
  • GMO’s
  • Growth Hormones
  • Processed proteins that include isolates and hydrolyzed proteins
    • Certain isolates and hydrolyzed proteins contain denatured proteins. Denatured proteins are proteins that have been broken down. The original chemical structure of the protein is changed permanently and important immune enhancing factors are lost.

Other things I look for

  • If it is sourced from an animal..was it raised naturally without any added hormones and was it fed its natural diet?
    • Ex: if protein is sourced from a cow, was it 100% grassfed? Corn and soy are not the natural diet of a cow and the nutritional byproduct of a cow fed this diet vs. its natural diet will be COMPLETLY different!
  • How was the protein processed? I’m looking for it to be processed at low-temperature. This will most often be described as cold pressed and also undenatured.
    • High heat processing will destroy a majority of important immune enhancing factors like immunoglobulins and lactoferrin.

I was fortunate to have Naked Whey reach out to me to try their Whey Protein Powder and I am happy to say that it did not disappoint. The ingredients and way that this product was processed met all of my expectations listed above. What I love most about this product, on top of its high quality ingredients, is that it doesn’t have a flavor, which means I can add it to the base of any smoothie or cold beverage that I like for an added protein boost.

 

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Whey protein may not be appropriate for all people as it is a by product of dairy, but if you tolerate dairy well, there are wonderful health benefits in a high quality whey supplement.

Benefits That Stand Out, But are not Limited To:

  • Boost Glutathione: Glutathione is the master antioxidant that is found in every cell of your body. The way whey protein boosts glutathione is with its high levels of cysteine, an amino acid that is needed for the synthesis of glutathione in the body. Benefits of glutathione include scavenging for free radicals as well as reactivating other antioxidants, boosting the immune system, plays a role in DNA repair as well as the detoxification process that neutralizes drugs, chemicals, radiation, metabolic wastes and other toxins and carcinogens. Glutathione in supplement form is unfortunately poorly absorbed, so it is beneficial to find other ways to boost it in your body and including whey protein in your diet is one way to do that. (1, 2 )
  • Boots the Immune System:  Because whey protein increases glutathione in the body, it naturally will boost the immune system as well. While glutathione is the master antioxidant in the body, whey protein also boosts the efficacy of other important antioxidants in the body like vitamin C, CoQ10 and Vitamin E. L-Arginine and L-lysine are also important amino acids found in whey protein that are known to promote immune function. (1)
  • Helps Heal the Gut: Whey protein contains the amino acid L-glutamine, which helps heal the fast-growing epithelial cells of the gastrointestinal tract. This is especially important for anyone suffering from leaky gut. (Therapeutic Nutrition Part Two by Ed Bauman, .Ed., Ph.D. & Jodi Friedlander, N.C.)

Like I mentioned before, whey protein may not be appropriate for everyone, especially if you are intolerant to dairy products. If that is the case for you, opting for a goat whey protein may serve you better as it is much easier to digest and contains less lactose. If that’s the case, Naked Whey also makes a Goat Whey so you are in luck! I just have not tried it myself so I cannot vouch for the flavor, but the quality looks the same! They also sell a wide variety of other high quality plant based protein powders.

You can shop all of their protein products HERE! Enjoy!

 

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