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An Honest Review of Monat Collagen Key

After hearing about this “vegan collagen” supplement and doing a dramatic eye roll, I thought it was time I do an honest review of Monat Collagen Key. I found out about Monat’s Collagen Key in a local mom group on Facebook when one mom asked for collagen recommendations and another mom said, “Collagen is made from boiled up bones! EW! So gross. Dm me to try this vegan collagen that helped my hair grow eight inches in a year!” I didn’t know what she was talking about, but there are three things I know from that comment: This person is clearly disconnected from food, nature and how food is grown. Bones aren’t “ew, gross!” Let’s not talk like 12 year-old girls, especially surrounding a food that has been a staple of peoples’ diets for millions of years, and still is in many parts of the world. Just because something seems…

Daily Collagen Beauty Smoothie

Make this daily collagen smoothie with berries, kale and chia seeds part of your beauty routine! A healthy, delicious and energizing way to start your morning. Loaded with nutrients that are great for your gut, skin, hair, joints and bones! I start my day with this collagen smoothie (or a similar version of it) every day. It is not only delicious and easy to make but also loaded with so many nutrients for everything from our skin to our guts. I can feel and see a noticeable difference when I’m not drinking this daily. Can I replace breakfast with this collagen smoothie? You could. I personally like this collagen smoothie with eggs and/or sausage on the side. I know a lot of people do a smoothie for breakfast and that’s it, but I need more food than that. I like to sit down with my family and have this with…

How Collagen Can Improve Anxiety – Collagen As Natural Anxiety Relief

Did you know that collagen provides natural anxiety relief? Find out how collagen can improve your symptoms of anxiety! What is collagen? Collagen is a hard, insoluble, and fibrous protein that makes up a whopping one-third of the protein in the human body. Think of it as the substance that holds the body together! It is not only the most abundant protein in the body but also an extremely healing food. As you might know, anxiety stems from many factors, and oftentimes it is caused by physical issues within the body like nutrient deficiencies. My battle with anxiety: I started getting severe anxiety when I was 19. It came in the form of panic attacks, of feeling a constant sense of unease, an unending sense of doom and near-constant negative thoughts. I battled with it on and off until my last pregnancy, which due to hormonal fluctuations cause a pretty…

Five Reasons You Should Take Collagen Everyday

Sometimes, I think our ancestors knew more about nutrition than modern day health professionals. Okay, I sort of think this constantly, especially health professionals that promote low-fat, processed foods over nourishing, traditional foods humans have been eating for thousands upon thousands of years. Like bone broth. Our ancestors ate every part of the animal. They made use of the hide, made tools from the teeth, made broth from the bones and feet. This broth left them with a mineral-rich, gelatinous substance rich in collagen – which is the most abundant protein in the body. While I love me some bone broth, the reality is that I don’t always drink it. Whether that’s because I live in DC and these swampy summers leave me wanting to bathe in ice more than drinking a cup of hot broth or because I just don’t have any on hand. Supplementing with collagen is one…

The Benefits of Collagen and How It Differs From Gelatin

I was first introduced to gelatin many years ago, as a new nutrition student trying desperately heal my gut issues. In my desperation, I ordered some off the internet, added it to my tea, got ready to chug…and ended up sipping a thick, gelatinous cup of green tea. ‘This has clearly gone bad.’ I thought. As it turns out, I had purchased gelatin instead of collagen. While gelatin and collagen are closely related and both very healthy, they’re not exactly the same. The most obvious difference is that gelatin causes foods to solidify – this is great if you’re making jello. It’s not so great for sipping tea. And while I love jello, I simply cannot consume enough. Collagen goes into my tea every day. Both collagen and gelatin are derived from the hides, hooves, and bones of animals. Our ancestors and traditional cultures around the world largely consumed collagen and gelatin. No part…

Asian Chicken Wings (Gluten-Free, Keto)

These Asian chicken wings are only five ingredients plus they’re gluten-free, keto, paleo and super healthy! Ya’ll. I hate Buffalo sauce. Like it is just NOT good. It’s sour, there is no real depth of flavor, there’s no garlic or onion flavor. And to be honest I’d eat garlic in my pancakes I love it so much. I know everyone loves Buffalo sauce. But I’m not on the Buffalo sauce train. Especially after making these super easy Asian chicken wings, which are SO GOOD. See how beautiful they are? I served this up with some jasmine rice and a side of sautéed bok choy and shiitake mushrooms. Tons of veggies and the whole meal was packed with delicious Asian flavor. I love trying to come up with Asian dishes. They’re just so damn healthy if you use the right ingredients. Health Benefits: This recipe is gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, low-carb, paleo,…

Pumpkin Pecan Cobbler (Paleo, Gluten-Free)

This pumpkin pecan cobbler is paleo, gluten-free, totally delicious and perfect for fall! I have a confession to make: I kind of hate pumpkin. I don’t like pumpkin pie. I don’t drink pumpkin spice lattes. And I don’t add pumpkin to my daily smoothie once August 15th rolls around and the cans show up in Whole Foods. But every year I’m determined to make a pumpkin dessert that I actually enjoy consuming. This might be that. First, mix your pumpkin, sugar and eggs together. For this round I made pumpkin bars (see below), but if you’re just doing cobbler, omit flour. Spread it on the bottom of a parchment lined pan. Melt the butter, sugar and pecans. Top the pumpkin with the pecans and bake! Top with ice cream! I looove pecans so I figured adding some caramelized pecans on top wouldn’t hurt. Bonus: they totally made this dish. And…

An Unbiased Review of All In by Teddi Mellencamp

After seeing some emerging details about this program, I’m totally horrified that women are investing thousands in such a dangerous program. So here is an unbiased review of All In by Teddi Mellencamp. Listen, I watch Housewives. Beverly Hills is not and has never been at the top of my list. Let’s be honest, they just can’t keep up with New York. Last night I got sucked into Emily Gellis Lande’s Instagram about All In by Teddi Mellencamp. I wasn’t familiar with the program and I was shocked to see so many women sharing horror stories. My shock turned to anger when I saw that Teddi is now promoting her program for postpartum mothers. As a mother myself, that anyone would promote this starvation diet to a woman in her most vulnerable time is sickening. For the record, I have some several unbiased reviews on various programs, meal replacements and…

Easy Chicken and Veggie Green Curry (Paleo, Keto, Gluten-Free)

This easy chicken and veggie green curry is paleo, keto, gluten-free and crazy good. It’s perfect for meal prep and tastes better the next day! I’ve been craving warmer, spicier dishes lately. Maybe it’s because fall has already seemingly visited DC and it’s only August. It’s raining consistently and it’s often in the 60s. I’m not ready for it because I’m a summer lover through and through, but I do love a big bowl of warm, spicy, flavorful curry. I got some really beautiful Asian eggplant from the farmers market and paired it with eggplant I grew in my backyard. I LOVE eggplant. You can add any veggies you like. Bell peppers and shiitake mushrooms would be brilliant in this dish. I found half a bag of broccoli, cauliflower and carrot mix in my freezer, so I tossed that in. Then I topped with 1lb of chicken breasts from my…

Summer Pasta Salad (Gluten-Free, Dairy Free)

This summer pasta salad is gluten-free, dairy free, easy to throw together and insanely delicious! It’s the perfect side dish for summer and goes great at a cookout or barbecue! I think I’ve come up with the most perfect pasta salad. Truth be told, I make a lot of pasta salad. It’s my summer staple. Anytime we’re invited to a cookout or if we’re hosting one, my husband inevitably says, “What are you making? Let me guess. It is f*cking pasta salad again?!” Don’t let him fool you. We love pasta salad. And he normally eats most of it. Also don’t be deterred by the f word. We think it’s funny to jab each other and have been doing so for nearly ten years. This is an Italian style pasta salad, minus the Italian dressing. Trust me, fresh herbs and good olive oil are SO MUCH BETTER. I like to…