Everything You Need to Know About Collagen

Ah, collagen….where do I begin?

Collagen has been all the rage in 2017, and for good reason! Claiming to be great for hair, skin, nails and gut health, you can see why the general population is gaining interest in it.
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The question is, are all of these claims about collagen actually true?
I have personally been using Collagen for over a year and I have definitely noticed a difference in all of those areas!

What is collagen?

I will leave the actual definition to the experts.
According to Vital Proteins (my go-to brand for all collagen related products):
“Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and is a key constituent of all connective tissues. Collagen provides the infrastructure of the musculoskeletal system, essential for mobility.”
Also, a fun minor detail – collagen makes up 30% of the protein in our bodies! That being said, its pretty important we support our systems with collagen in supplement form, considering most of us are not eating the way our ancestors did and therefore not getting those key nutrients anymore.

What are the benefits of collagen?

Collagen has a long list of benefits, including the ones I briefly mentioned like hair and skin improvement, as well as some more surprising effects like boosted metabolism and increase in muscle mass output. I can’t personally attest to those two, but what I have noticed myself is an improved elasticity in skin, hair growth, and most of all improved digestion from taking collagen. I’m not going to say that all of this improved over night, but I noticed the positive effects of collagen really quickly when I started using it.

What does collagen taste like?


Collagen comes in a powder or pill form, has no taste and blends well with just about any beverage or recipe.  You can add it to soups, tea, or my favorite, matcha or coffee lattes (I have a full bulletproof coffee recipe on my blog if you want specifics).
When you blend collagen in a blender with a liquid you will notice it froths up, which is a side bonus if you love lattes like me.

What are the best collagen brands?

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There are a plethora of brands out there wheeling collagen these days. The one brand I would wholeheartedly refer all my galpals to is the Vital Proteins collagen. I have been using their collagen peptides and other similar products from the brand for over a year with nothing but great results.
You can purchase the exact product I buy here: here
I wanted to keep this short and sweet but answer all of the questions I have gotten on Instagram. If I didn’t address your question leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you!
I post recipes incorporating collagen all the time on my Instagram account, so make sure to check there for some ideas. If you try collagen make sure to tag me on Instagram in your pictures so I can see what recipes you come up with!

3 Healthy Summer Starbucks Drinks (Including two ‘Pink Drinks’!)

The Starbucks ‘pink drink’ is blowing up the internet this summer. Understandably, as the it is super photogenic and probably tastes like candy, considering its packed with sugar.

The good news is if you want something just as pretty without all the sugar, you can have your pink tea and drink it too!

I usually love making my coffee at home so I can add adaptogens and other ingredients that I love, but whether I’m getting coffee with a friend or in the mood for one of these drinks, its nice to have a couple different (relatively) healthy Starbucks orders up my sleeve.


A healthier Starbucks “pink drink” which I will share more about below!

In the last couple of years Starbucks has made an effort to include alternative milk options that are non-dairy and non-soy, which is great if you are like me and try to steer clear of those ingredients most of the time.

I did some snooping around on the internet and found the ingredient lists for both their coconut milk and almond milk, which are the two milk bases I order in my drinks at Starbucks.

I found that the almond milk has a better ingredient list than the coconut milk, as it does not have carrageenan in it. The majority of the time I try to avoid products with carrageenan in it as it is thought to be inflammatory to the body and it’s effects are not yet fully known, and I don’t know about you but I don’t want to be a part of an experiment. 😳🙊🙅🏼 In addition, there is also sugar and some other processed ingredients in these lists. Here are the ingredients for each:

Almond milk ingredients: Almond milk (filtered water, almonds), sugar, tricalcium phosphate, sunflower lecithin, sea salt, xanthan gum, guar gum, vitamin A palmitate, and vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol).

Coconut milk ingredients: Water, coconut cream, cane sugar, tricalcium phosphate, coconut water concentrate, natural flavors, sea salt, carrageenan, gellan gum, corn dextrin, xanthan gum, guar gum, vitamin A palmitate, vitamin d2.

When you realize that all you need for almond milk is almonds and water and coconuts and water for coconut milk, you can see how these ingredients are not super clean and are things I personally try to avoid consuming on the reg. You could opt to bring/use your own creamer or almond milk if you wanted. That being said, I think it is just good to be aware of these things and then make decisions! I try not to get hung up on it and just have it once in a while.

Here are my 3 favorite healthier summer Starbucks drinks and how to order them:

  1. When you need a kick in the face ☕️💥

    How to order: Cold brew with almond milk. Easy! If you didn’t get your eight hours or want a preworkout pick me up, order this. Cold brew is intense, and I legit can’t drink this after 12:00 in the afternoon because I will not be able to fall asleep at night. Granted, I am sensitive to caffeine, but still, just a heads up. Cold brew to me tastes better and more smooth than coffee and the splash of almond milk makes it creamy and adds a little sweetness to it. The only macro nutrients/calories in this come from the splash of almond milk which should be under 50 calories. You could of course not add any almond milk it would be 0 calories, and pure caffeine.

2. When you want to say “this tastes like a strawberry milkshake” 

The first time we tried this my sister actually that. This order is a little longer so I would copy and paste it into your notes in your phone to help you order it: unsweetened passion tango tea with coconut milk and no sweetener. I first saw this pink Starbucks drink on Brittany Dawn Fitness Instagram account and had to try it for myself, and this is definitely a good one to know about when you want something light and not so coffee-like, especially for the summer. The unsweetened iced tea has 0 calories so again here the only calories come from the coconut milk, so it should be somewhere under 30, depending on how much your barista puts in there. You could add your own stevia if you want it more sweet as well!

Here it is again: Venti unsweetened passion tango tea with coconut milk and no sweetener.

3. When you want the Starbucks ‘pink drink’ above but are doing Whole30 and have to settle 

Or not, this good regardless. I am in the middle of doing a Whole30 so the Starbucks coconut milk is not an option for about 25 more days, so I’ve simply been ordering an unsweetened passion tango tea, iced, with no sweetener. Does the trick!


I hope these quick ideas of healthier alternatives you can order at Starbucks are helpful for when you are on the go or just want something different! Let me know in the comments what your favorite drink to order is and tag me in your drinks if you post them on Instagram or Facebook.

Thanks for reading, Saucey. xo

My Favorite Products + Tips for Healthy Traveling

Traveling is one of my favorite parts of life. The anticipation beforehand, the new experiences, the memories after… you know the drill, its all fun.

But the getting to and fro is not always all rainbows and butterflies. I used to hate flying, now I actually look forward to it.

The way I see it now, the time in the air is at least two hours to focus on whatever you want. Whether its zoning out and watching a movie, writing, or reading a book I haven’t made time for, I love the couple of hours of solitude flying gives me.

Two books I’m listening to on audio currently!
I used to stress out about having everything I ‘needed’ for a flight, mostly because I never really knew exactly what those things were, I just knew I wanted to stay healthy and feeling my best when flying but always felt a lack of control as I was taking myself out of my typical environment. Luckily over the last year I have found a really great mix of products that have made flying 10x more enjoyable for me, and as I was gathering them for a flight this week I thought it would be a good idea to share them with you! It might sound like a lot of items but once you have them gathered together in their respective travel bags, you will be ready to toss them into your carry-on and take off quickly knowing you set yourself up for a healthy trip.
Off we go!

My Favorite Flying ‘Tools’:

Bose QuietComfort 35- These had to go first as they are definitely the best travel investment I have made this year (I actually also use these daily while working and on walks, so maybe just one of the best overall investment I’ve made this year). These bad boys are super comfortable, the sound is amazing, and the best part is they are noise canceling, and you never know when you are going to be stuck next to a crying baby on a flight. I usually tune into a book on Audible or listen to a podcast for some duration of my flights, so these get used a lot.

Once you own them you will wonder how you traveled without them!

The Dream Sleeper- This was recommended by Ben Greenfield on one of his podcasts and now I must say, everyone needs this. I am someone who can never, I mean never ever, take naps, but that changed with this i. This sleeping mask is silk with velcro in the back and also slightly cancels out noise. If I need to sleep on a flight to adjust to the time zone or take a nap, I’ll put this mask on with my headphones, and although I may look like a crazy person, I can get a bomb nap in no matter where I am. I sleep with this on at home most nights as well but it is especially great when traveling and you can’t control the lighting.
The silky material is gentle on your skin and hair and can be washed easily.
Trigger Point Roller- This is a super compact foam roller with two ‘trigger points’ on it that extend out. I tend to get knotted up in my shoulders and neck from flying and starting out a trip feeling tight is a no-go. I’ll take this out in the hotel room and lay down with the foam roller under my back and work it over any knotted areas. This can really help work out tension and help you last until a massage, yoga class, or chiropractor. This is also great if you are sore from a workout, and the benefits of foam rolling for physical performance are pretty substantial.
I like how small this foam roller is yet it can work pretty much any body part you need.
Portable charger- Luckily most airplane now have outlets that allow you to charge your very necessary devices, but just in case, I always pack a fully charged portable charger for my Apple products. I ordered mine from Amazon.

Tip: Organize in multiple travel kits and makeup bags-

I usually take a large tote sized bag as a carry-on, so small items can easily get lost into its abyss. I recommend using as many small, zip bags as possible, or even clear bags, to organize all of your goods.
I use a separate bag for cosmetic products, one for supplements, one for cords and electronics, etc. 

Essential Supplements For Flying:

Vital Proteins Collagen- I talked about Collagen briefly in my bulletproof coffee recipe post, but here I will just mention that this supplement is a must-have for me when traveling because besides helping with the health of your hair, skin, and nails, it is also great for helping your gut lining. When traveling it is nice to be able to not only stick to your regular supplement and nutrition routine but also give your gut flora as much assistance love as possible. These have no taste so I just pour them into my water or coffee and I’m good to go! (In this case I also packed a bone broth packet but I have yet to try this one, so I will report back later on this flavor!)
These travel packs are so handy and you can order them at www.vitalproteins.com or buy them at Whole Foods. 
Onnit Total Gut Health Packets- Continuing on about giving your Gut some TLC while traveling, these little packs are life savers. Each pack come with prebiotics, enzymes, and probiotics, which are all really necessary in helping you stay regular and adjust to different foods. I love that I just need one pack for each day I will be gone, instead of counting and packing up tons of separate pills.
You can buy these by the box here are www.onnit.com
RX Bars- I like to toss an RX Bar in my carry-on for a snack in case I get hungry during the flight and can’t find any great options at the airport (which rarely happens but you can never have too many snacks I guess). These are a little higher in sugar but have great really simple ingredients that are paleo and even Whole30 friendly. I have noticed these are sold at a lot of airports lately which is super convenient, but I buy mine at Trade Joes when I am home.
Some of my other favorite flavors are Chocolate Sea Salt and Peanut butter.
Nuun electrolytes- Does anyone else feel like they get super dehydrated when they fly no matter how many bottles of water they try to down? I picked these electrolyte tabs up at Whole Foods (I have also since seen them at Target), before an international flight earlier this year and I noticed a big difference in my hydration when flying when I use them. These are little electrolyte tabs you drop into you water bottle and shake up. They taste great and the ingredients are overall pretty good and the tube is very convenient for travel!
This is the Lemon Lime flavor which I would recommend, have not tried the others..yet!
Onnit Melatonin spray- I am sure you are familiar with the hormone and supplement melatonin. Basically, melatonin supplements are great for helping adjust to different time zones or help induce sleep when you need a little extra help or overdid it on the caffeine and have to be up early. I like to bring this travel sized spray with me so I don’t have to pack a bunch of loose pills. This one has a minty taste which is nice as well! www.onnit.com

Favorite beauty items for traveling:

Origins eye cream and moisturizing mask- I usually do not wear makeup on flights and instead go heavy on the moisturizers. Air can get really dry thousands of feet up and I find that makeup just dries me out even more, so right before the flight i put on a layer of the Origins Ginzing eye cream and the Drink Up Intensive ‘Overnight’ Mask. My skin feels and looks super dewy and moisturized when I land.
This is the travel size, which I will probably continue to buy because it is super convenient and has lasted me a long time!
Pixi Spray- This is a nice add on to the products mentioned above. Essentially, this is a moisturizing spray for your face that makes you look glowy and I will usually spray this on at the end of a flight.
Sugar tinted lip balm- Gone are the days of suffocating lipsticks or stains (well while traveling that is, I’m willing to suffer sometimes). This lip balm comes in a bunch of shades and is soooo moisturizing and feels amazing on your lips. I love this ruby shade that I picked up from Sephora, but will definitely be collecting in as many shades possible. I give this a 10/10 on land and in the air.
The consistency is super sheer which I like for these purposes. 
Kiehls hand lotion- Again, with the dry air issue. Any moisturizer is great, I just like the small size of this one, and Kiehls is one of my favorite skincare brands.
Alright, written out, it might sound like I’m a little maintenance when it comes to my travel ‘necessities’. But really, now that I have all of my favorites figured out, I am able to keep them in their respective bags for the most part and easily throw them into my carry-on when its time to go, making packing and traveling in general so much more simple!
I hope this helped give you some ideas of products you can use that will help you stay healthy and most importantly happy while on your next adventure!
Let me know what your must have travel products are in the comments below or on Instagram!
Love, Saucey xo