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9 Spring Smoothies with Collagen & Seasonal Fruits

By Holly Darnell, RD

April 5, 2024

Spring smoothies

Spring is in the air, and you can reflect that with your breakfasts. Wintertime isn’t always conducive to a cold, frothy smoothie, as many of us crave warmth in our morning breakfast. But with Spring here now, smoothies are back on the menu.

Here’s a list of 9 collagen-filled smoothies, all featuring fabulous ingredients that will delight your tastebuds and provide excellent nutrition. All can be part of a balanced macronutrient breakfast so you have a productive morning (or workout) with energy to spare. (They're also a great candidate for what to eat before a workout.)

Why Spring Smoothies with Collagen?

Our bodies rely on their own production of collagen, a type of structural protein, to keep our joints, ligaments, skin, hair and other organs in good shape. For example, up to 30 percent of all the protein in our body is collagen protein, and up to 70 percent of skin, hair and nails.

But as we age past our 30s, our bodies naturally make less collagen, which can contribute to occasional joint discomfort or the appearance of crow’s feet.

One way to help replenish your supply of collagen so that your body can make its own is to supplement with collagen powder, a convenient way to boost your intake of this special protein. And every one of these Spring smoothies below contain some form of Multi Collagen Protein powder, which contains 10 types of collagen for greater benefits.

Here are the 3 collagen powders used in the recipes below:

  • Multi Collagen Advanced Lean — A collagen powder from 10 food-based sources, Multi Collagen Advanced Lean Powder is a healthy weight management* supplement designed to help you burn calories and boost your metabolism. It features a proprietary fat loss blend, and select ingredients are backed by multiple clinical studies.

  • Multi Collagen Protein Unflavored or Vanilla — Get 10 types and 20 grams of collagen, plus clinically studied ingredients like SBO probiotics and Vitamin C. This groundbreaking formula delivers real results you’ll see and feel.

  • Multi Collagen Protein Beauty Within — Same protein as MCP plus a phytonutrient beauty blend that supports overall skin health and skin elasticity — in a delicious guava passionfruit flavor.

All of these collagen powders are made from pasture-raised and grass-fed sources. Benefits include:

  • Supports healthy hair, skin, nails, joints and gut

  • Promotes healthy hair thickness and growth, reduces hair breakage

  • Improves the appearance of crow’s feet after 4 weeks

  • Reduces collagen degradation with noticeable results

  • Reduces joint discomfort and helps joints recover faster

  • Reduces knee stiffness at 7 days

*In addition to a healthy diet and lifestyle, including regular exercise.

What Makes a Spring Smoothie?

While you can always use frozen varieties, using fresh Spring fruits and vegetables can increase the taste and nutrient density. This is especially the case if you buy from local farmer’s markets, where the produce is extremely fresh.

Here are the Spring fruits and veggies that the below smoothies feature:

  • Strawberries

  • Blueberries

  • Cherries

  • Bananas

  • Pineapple

  • Papaya

  • Avocado

  • Beets

  • Kale

  • Spinach

The easiest way to use these fruits in a balanced macronutrient Spring smoothie is adding 8 ounces of water, one cup of a Spring fruit or vegetable, one scoop of collagen protein, a healthy fat (such as a quarter-cup of goat milk kefir or Greek yogurt, or a half-tablespoon of MCT oil, hemp seeds or almond butter) and a few ice cubes to a blender. Blend and enjoy.

9 Spring Smoothies

Click on the title of each to get the exact recipe for each of these smoothies.

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1. Cleansing Tropical Smoothie

https://ancientnutrition.com/blogs/all/cleansing-collagen-smoothie-recipe

This Spring smoothie features two fruits and one vegetable in season, and they all go well together. We’re talking pineapple, spinach and banana — all of which provide a range of cleansing and supportive micronutrients.

Pineapple is filled with phytonutrients as well as the enzyme bromelain that can help enhance digestion. Spinach is considered to be one of the world’s healthiest foods, with more than a dozen different types of flavonoid antioxidants.

Bananas are an easy-to-digest, plus considered an ideal food for those who exercise regularly thanks to their concentration of quick-acting carbohydrates.

This one is relatively low-calorie so have a pre- or post-workout smoothie, or couple with some eggs or oatmeal for breakfast.

  • Collagen powder: Multi Collagen Protein Vanilla

  • Calories: 136

  • Macros: 25 grams of carbs (3 grams of fiber), 0.4 grams of fat and 11 grams of protein

DIY skin beauty drink

2. Beauty Drink with Beet, Orange, Strawberry & Mint

To make the best skin beauty drink, you want the right kind of collagen but also several ingredients that can boost skin health.

That includes beets, oranges and strawberries — all fresh in the Spring. Beets are high in health-promoting compounds like antioxidants, carotenoids and nitrates. Some research shows that certain types of oranges can help fight skin aging. Strawberries contain antioxidants like vitamin A and vitamin C, which are associated with improving skin properties.

  • Collagen powder: Multi Collagen Protein Beauty Within (guava passionfruit)

  • Calories: 162

  • Macros: 31 grams of carbs (7 grams of fiber), 0.6 grams of fat, 12 grams of protein

3. Cherry Vanilla Smoothie

With this fibrous, high-protein smoothie, you’re consuming health-minded ingredients packed with antioxidants and micronutrients. Try it for breakfast or after a workout to replenish your protein levels. It’s not only filling, but will satisfy your sweet tooth, too.

This one is also a complete breakfast.

  • Collagen powder: Multi Collagen Protein Vanilla

  • Calories: 368

  • Macros: 45 grams of carbs (5 grams of fiber), 19 grams of fat, 13 grams of protein

Chocolate churro smoothie

4. Chocolate Churro Smoothie

A churro with chocolate is divine but in a smoothie? Turns out it’s even better than it sounds, with these flavors coming together beautifully. Plus it’s the perfect smoothie recipe to use the most popular new collagen powder out there: Multi Collagen Advanced Lean (cinnamon flavor).

Almond butter and Greek yogurt add some healthy fats and even some probiotics as well as important texture that make this chocolate churro smoothie so smooth and hearty.

This is high-protein breakfast that’s also high in fiber.

  • Collagen powder: Multi Collagen Advanced Lean

  • Calories: 461

  • Macros: 62 grams of carbs (11 grams of fiber), 17 grams of fat and 27 grams of protein

5. Berry Protein Smoothie

This berry protein smoothie recipe is loaded with collagen, healthy fats and energizing carbs. The health fats come via coconut milk, which also help satiate one for hours. It also includes cinnamon, which can help manage a healthy weight.

A complete breakfast, it’s very balanced in macronutrients and relatively low in net carbs (qualifies as a keto smoothie).

  • Collagen powder: Multi Collagen Protein Vanilla

  • Calories: 369

  • Macros: 23 grams of carbs (5 grams of carbs), 28 grams of fat and 12 grams of protein

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6. Blueberry Banana Smoothie

https://ancientnutrition.com/blogs/all/multi-collagen-blueberry-banana-smoothie-recipe

This Spring smoothie features two very popular Spring fruits: bananas and blueberries, which marry very well together. Healthy fats arrive via pumpkin seeds and hazelnut butter (or almond butter). It’s absolutely delicious.

Another complete breakfast, it’s high in both fiber and protein.

  • Collagen powder: Multi Collagen Protein unflavored or vanilla

  • Calories: 399

  • Macros: 53 grams of carbs (10 grams of fiber), 17 grams of fat, 17 grams of protein

7. Piña Colada Smoothie

This Spring smoothie is all about health and energy, with pineapple, coconut milk and chia seeds. Pineapple is rich in vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, manganese, thiamine and vitamin B6. Chia seeds and raw honey add more nutrients to the mix.

A complete breakfast smoothie, this one is very high in protein and fiber.

  • Collagen powder: Multi Collagen Protein Vanilla

  • Calories: 453

  • Macros: 50 grams of carbs (11 grams of fiber), 25 grams of fat, 24 grams of protein

Papaya smoothie

8. Papaya Strawberry Smoothie

Did you know that papaya is great for digestion? The tropical fruit is loaded with enzymes and antioxidants that help the body detox. It’s also a super tasty ingredient for smoothies.

Strawberries also marry well with papaya and add additional vitamins C and A, of which this recipe is extremely high in. The other key ingredient is goat milk kefir, a great probiotic food.

  • Collagen powder: Multi Collagen Protein Vanilla or Beauty Within

  • Calories: 306

  • Macros: 42 grams of carbs (5 grams of fiber), 9 grams of fat, 19 grams of protein

9. Green Smoothie

We close this chapter on Spring smoothies with this gut-supporting smoothie that includes Spring veggies kale and spinach along fruits like avocado (yes, it’s a fruit!) and banana.

If you’re worried that a mix of fruits and veggies won’t keep you full, chia seeds have come to the rescue. They’re packed with fiber, ensuring you feel full for longer. On of that are healthy fats in the form of avocado and hemp hearts.

  • Collagen powder: Multi Collagen Protein unflavored

  • Calories: 387

  • Macros: 26 grams of carbs (5 grams of fiber), 30 grams of fat, 10 grams of protein

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