Upgrade Your Collagen with this Chinese Medicine Smoothie

by Travis Metzger |

Upgrade Your Collagen with this Chinese Medicine Smoothie

When I was at the market recently standing in front of the meat counter, I couldn’t help but notice that most if not all of the cuts of meat were largely low in collagen such as chicken breast, pork tenderloin and filet of beef.  When I think back to meals at my grandparent’s house there were always bones simmering in stock pots and whole cuts of meat that included the cartilage. It seems my grandparents consumed more collagen on a regular basis than we do now - as my 102-year-old grandmother can attest.  It can be hard to consume the parts of animals where the collagen is concentrated. Without collagen our bones and joints grind against each other and have no cushion between them. Over time, as your body ages your collagen breaks down and wears away causing joint pain and stiffness.  Collagen also helps with your skin, hair and nails.

We recently launched Joint Vitality, inspired by a 14 herb Traditional Chinese Medicine formula called Du Huo Ji Sheng Tang.  This powerful formula has been used for thousands of years by doctors and acupuncturists, and remains wildly popular to this day to support the joints, strengthen the back, and increase mobility.  We added coconut oil and collagen for efficacy, and with hints of cinnamon and chocolate we think this may be our best tasting formula yet.   Hydrolyzed collagen is very similar to what we have in our bodies and can help muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones and joints. If you have joint needs, this degenerative disc disease can cause cartilage to wear away and lead to pain. Cartilage is made up of collagen so it makes sense that supplementing with our Joint Vitality could help.

Du Huo Ji Sheng Tang is an ancient Chinese herbal formula that in Eastern language nourishes the blood, soothes the sinews and expels wind and dampness.  In Western language it supports joint and back health. Wind, cold and dampness can prevent the free flow of Qi-energy and blood which causes pain. This formula supports the Liver and Kidney.  If taken alone, Du Huo Ji Sheng Tang has a very bitter taste - too bitter to even consume it.  Our Joint Vitality formula allows you to get the efficacy of the classic formula in an easy to use good tasting format. You can mix Joint Vitality with water, coffee, or milk. Our other formulas fizz from the sodium bicarbonate - but this particular formula mixes smoothly. The recipe below incorporates unsweetened almond milk to warm and tonify your Qi while lowering inflammation, supplementing your collagen levels and supporting your joints and lower back.

Almonds – Warm and sweet, transforms phlegm

Jujube (red date) – Neutral and sweet, tonifies spleen Qi, calms the spirit

Cinnamon – Warms flow in blood vessels, transforms Qi

Cayenne – Warming digestive spice

Coconut oil powder – Lauric acid, a medium chain triglyceride fatty acid that has anti-inflammatory properties.

Collagen – Protein in body that helps form connective tissue and keeps our joints moving smoothly

Joint Vitality Formula – DAO Labs herbal blend for joints

Cacao Nibs – Enhance your mood, stimulate your brains neurotransmitters

Chia -  Anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acid

EVOO – Lowers inflammatory enzymes, lubricates cartilage

collagen smoothie recipe

Almond Milk with Collagen, Spiced Cacao and Chia

Yield: About 1 serving

Prep Time / Cook Time: 5 minutes


  • ¾-1 Cup Almond Milk Unsweetened
  • 2 Scoops DAO Labs Joint Vitality
  • 6-8 Jujube (Red Date)
  • 1 Tablespoon Cacao Nibs
  • 1 Tablespoon Chia Seeds
  • ¾ -1 Ounce Virgin Olive Oil (or Avocado Oil)
  • 1 Tablespoon Sliced Almonds


Blend all ingredients together until combined and smooth, pour in a glass and garnish with more Cacao nibs, chia seeds and sliced almonds.  The chia seeds will thicken the smoothie as it sits so if you prefer a less thick texture it is recommended to drink immediately.

Receive 20% Off Your Order with Promo Code "JOINTHEALTH"


The recipes on The Way are intended as an East meets West look at food and its relationship to health and nutrition. Food is powerful, and every bite can either greatly benefit your system or effectively work against it. In Chinese Medicine, each grain, vegetable, meat, fruit, and spice has unique properties that can be harnessed to help us achieve and maintain balance in our bodies. Our recipes seek to incorporate some of the age-old principles of Chinese medicine into the culinary practices more familiar to the West.

Ask Travis about DAO flavors or his other recipes at  travis@mydaolabs.com


Dining with Culinary Artist Travis Metzger is an unforgettable experience. You can taste the passion, creativity and culinary expertise in each of Travis’s one-of-kind recipes. Most would agree that Traditional Chinese Medicine herbs in their original form taste less than delectable, but Travis has proven that TCM for today can taste great with DAO Labs. Travis develops unique flavors for each DAO formula to complement the proprietary blend of herbs and their health benefits. After extensive training at the New England Culinary Institute, Travis ran some of the finest restaurants across the country before starting his own in Minneapolis. To survive the stresses and physical challenges of the kitchen heat, Travis focused on combining natural ingredients for healthy AND delicious eating and juicing.

Related Articles

Older Post Newer Post

To a healthier lifestyle and receive holistic recipes | TCM TIPS | SPECIAL OFFERS
My Dao Labs