Healthy Hacks, Lifestyle

Natural Glow Up: My Favorite Collagen Products

Collagen is one of the most popular supplements on the wellness scene for a reason. It is one of the most abundant proteins in the body. Collagen is “the main structural protein that forms the connective tissue throughout our body, from the skin to bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments.” The protein works with a compound called elastin to make our skin more flexible, elastic, and youthful-looking. Over time, our level of collagen production decreases, and the effects become more apparent as we get older. I have three favorite products that I turn to as a way to potentially boost my collagen production. I have seen dramatic increases in my hair and nail growth, and my skin looks so glowy and soft. I am a supporter of trying to naturally upgrade myself by changing my diet and skincare routine. My go-to collagen-boosting products are: 

Vital Proteins Collagen Powder 

This powder is one of the most versatile collagen products. Vital Proteins contains bovine collagen and I personally like to add this powder to smoothies, desserts, and soups. The brand also has a variety of flavors and I am a huge fan of their creamer and matcha lines.

Copina Co – Cacao Calm Beauty 

I drink Copina Co Cacao Calm Beauty because not only does it contain collagen-boosting grape seed oil, it also has ashwagandha. Ashwagandha helps to relieve stress and calm your mood. The Copina Co brand is a small woman-owned brand that delivers high-quality plant-based products. Get a discount for Copina Co products here. 

The Beauty Chef – Collagen Boost 

The Beauty Chef Collagen Boost is a liquid supplement that can be added to water, smoothies, and other beverages. The Beauty Chef Collagen Boost is formulated with pre and probiotics to help aid digestion. Over time I noticed that since taking Collagen Boost, my stomach feels a lot better and my bloating has decreased a lot.

And there you have it! These three products are a staple in my routine for different reasons, but the all have one thing in common– collagen! I hope anyone curious about collagen finds this helpful. As always, seek medical and professional help if you have questions or concerns.

Healthy Hacks, Healthy Recipes

Top 3 Healthy Fall Trader Joe’s Finds

Photo from Trader Joe’s

It’s officially fall and the beachy and floral decorations in storefronts have all been swapped out for pumpkins and colorful autumn leaves. The autumn season is not only known for changes in fashion and temperatures in NY, it also starts a shift in how we eat as well. Fall (and winter) are notorious for causing weight gain as people decrease their level of physical activity and consume heavier foods. While I love a good piece of pumpkin bread, I have found some alternative foods that are hearty but also healthier from Trader Joe’s. Here are my three favorites:

Autumnal Harvest Soup

The Autumnal Harvest Soup from Trader Joe’s has been a life saver for me this season. This soup comes in a resealable jar and has about three servings. It is a tomato based dish but the butternut squash and other flavors add a sweetness that tones down the acidity of a traditional tomato soup. The Autumnal Harvest Soup can be warmed up on the stove and in the microwave. I recommend taking a jar to the office and keeping it in the fridge for when you forget your lunch or having a jar handy for an easy yet filling meal.

Butternut Squash Pizza Crust

I actually found this Butternut Squash Pizza Crust when I was looking for the usual gluten free pizza crust I grab. I recently made a pizza with this crust and it tasted like fall– without the stereotypical apple or pumpkin flavors. I definitely recommend building your own pizza with this crust. I made a pizza with organic tomato sauce, vegan cheese, spinach and cherry tomatoes that was super comforting and delicious.

Riced Cauliflower & Butternut Squash Risotto

This lower carb risotto is not only perfect for those watching their carb or gluten intake, but also for anyone wanting to eat more vegetables. This can be eaten as a side dish or all on its own. I am keeping a few bags of this in my freezer for a rainy day. Please note that this does have dairy– if you are sensitive I would avoid this.

And there you have it! Three healthy Trader Joe’s find that are hearty for autumn. Let me know if you try and enjoy these dishes!