Thanks to Jill Hanner, a fellow FitFluential gal, and Jean at Neocell, I was sent a sample of Neocell's Collagen Sport French Vanilla protein powder to try out. I enjoy trying out new things, especially tasty ones.
What's in Collagen Sport?
- 15 grams of Pure Ion-Exchange Why Protein Isolate
- 15 grams Super Collagen Bioavailable Peptides
- Rich in BCAAs
- Good source of L-Glutamine
- Enhanced with Exogenous Amino Acids
- Multi-vitamin Fortification
- 123 calories per scoop
What's not in Collagen Sport:
- Artificial Sweeteners of Flavors
- Fillers or Synthetic Ingredients
When I first got my delivery, I was not running at all. Rather, I was spending a lot of quality time on the couch with a horrid fever during my forced rest. When I emailed Jean to let her know I received my Collagen Sport, I let her know I was laid up. She directed me to a link regarding the benefits of Collagen.
The article outlines the benefits of a collagen supplement.
- boosts lean muscle mass
- improves cardiovascular performance
- decreases recovery time
- helps rebuild damaged joints
- excellent for hair, skin, and nails
- as well as many more benefits
Because I am such a visual person, I was immediately drawn to the Orange Smoothie in the photo. Immediately I needed to make one. The downside is that I did not have any oranges in the house at that point. But I did have frozen orange concentrate. Better than nothing, right?
I got busy whipping together my own Orange Smoothie.
- 1 scoop of French Vanilla Collagen Sport
- 1/2 bottle of Coconut Water
- 1 spoonful of frozen orange juice
I put all the ingredients in the food processor (because I haven't gotten a blender yet) and blended away.
This smoothie was delicious. But the next time I make it, I'll probably add in 2 spoonfuls instead of the 1 because I do love orange.
I've been making protein smoothies as part of my post-run routine and have noticed that I am not as achy after my long runs as I have been in the past. I am definitely sold on the benefits of Sport Collagen. The taste is excellent as well.
In addition to smoothies, I also made some protein bars. I came across this recipe on Pinterest made by one of my fellow FitFluential gals, Jess at Blonde Ponytail. These bars are phenomenal. I actually made them to surprise the girls after their long run that I didn't go on because I was still recovering. Just because I didn't run with them didn't mean I was going to skip out on girl time entirely.
The bars were a hit!
I am also going to join Jenn and Carrie (another FitFluential gal) in the March photo challenge put together by @fatmumslim.
Here's my UP photo - taken just after riding around on the snowmobile with the kids.
Do you use protein powder in your training/recovery?
How do you use it?
Any favorite recipes to share?