Fist-bumping for bagel dogs! As a mom, it’s one of the greatest feelings to see my kids excited about eating healthy foods. Our Friday-night-game-night-finger-food-feast included these incredible and SO FUN Bagel Dogs from The New Yiddish Kitchen (and Dill Pickle Deviled Eggs, also from this book!). Order the book at an insane discount here, and checkout our review with an exclusive recipe share here!
Saturday we ran errands to our favorite stores and stopped for gluten-free crepes – everything was full of LAUGHTER and ENTERTAINMENT with these three in-tow! Our weekends spent playing together are what I treasure most. Watching them grow into little men gives me all the feels.
While dealing with a stomach bug this week, we noticed it was eerily quiet in the house – never a good sign with three rowdy boys. We peaked out of the “quarantine zone” to find these two quietly making a smoothie, so as to “not to bother us.” So many wins in this situation! They were working together, they felt empowered to make a healthy snack, and they were considerate enough not to bother us when we didn’t feel good. I miss them as babies who wanted to snuggle, but this is a pretty good payoff!
But don’t worry, the bug only lasted 2 days, the little boys never got it, and our routine was back to normal by Wednesday. We’ve been consuming probiotic-rich foods (like kombucha and sauerkraut) as well as lots of collagen, both to help heal our guts.
I was glad I was feeling better in time to preview some of the stock for our upcoming LuLaRoe for charity sale THIS WEEK so join the facebook even here! It is all SUPER CUTE and perfect for welcoming in Spring. I’m not usually a colorful-print-wearing gal, but I have to admit that I love these flattering styles that work for nearly all women’s bodies and feel like you’re still in PJs! Check out some of the styles available and see all the details –> HERE!
What is Collagen + Why You Need It
Vital Proteins has been a life saver when we are sick, has helped make my skin, hair and nails healthy and strong, continually helps me heal from the inside out, and keeps my autoimmune conditions in remission. If you’ve ever wondered why you always see me putting it in ALL THE THINGS <—– this is why!
What’s in collagen (when in a culinary form, we call it gelatin as well) that makes it so great? Let’s look at what it is, first.
Collagen is the protein that forms the connective tissue in your body, so that means consuming collagen is the prescription for:
- helps tighten loose skin
- helps improve cellulite
- helps joint recovery
- supports skin, hair and nail growth
- improves digestion
- promotes relaxation and a good night’s sleep
- can help heal your gut
As a protein, collagen contains significant proportions of the amino acids proline and glycine, which are harder to find in other protein sources and are protective of your gut. It’s also particularly great in culinary uses as a binder and for its use in making things turn into a gel.
Which Container Should I Get?
There is the green container Beef Gelatin and the blue container Collagen Peptides. The real difference is that the peptides are further denatured into the protein building blocks, meaning that they are cold soluble and will not gel (great to add to coffee, tea, smooties, etc.); and the proteins are gelatin and will only dissolve hot and will gel when cooled (like Jell-o).
We always keep both on hand! Here’s how we use them: