The first few months of any love story tends to be pretty hot and heavy. People can see you glowing from a mile away. You can’t hide that grin, and you certainly can’t hide that glow. I’d say that’s a good summary of how the Prescribe Nutrition ladies felt about collagen when our world’s first met. Sure, call us psychotic, that’s fine. But you know what? This love affair is one for the ages…we’re three years deep in our steady relationship with collagen and remain deeply, deeply in love.
Collagen: if you’re reading this or any health and wellness blog, you’ve heard of it. The type of collagen we’re [very seriously] dating is not the stick a needle in your lips collagen, but the stuff that’s actually found within us, that’s part of our bodies [and luckily, that we can also consume]. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body and a bit like the glue that holds things together. Additionally, it’s found in animal’s bodies – in their connective tissue, bones, hooves, hides…and yes we’re about to tell you to eat it. Why? Because as we get older we lose collagen, and it can be a play a huge role in how we age: skin, hair, nails, joint pain and more. So naturally, we want to get us some of dat collagen to fight the aging process.
Dietary sources of gelatin have all but disappeared from the modern diet, but not so long ago us humans used to eat a ton of gelatin rich broths, soups and less appetizing things like headcheese and calves feet. Collagen and gelatin are made from amino acids – the building blocks of proteins – but they are different than the amino acids we get from protein of the muscle meat we are so used to eating: chicken, beef, turkey, etc. We evolved eating the WHOLE animal, not just the muscle meat, and overtime excess consumption of muscle meat can be inflammatory when consumed without the amino acids present in organ meats, bones, etc. can increase stress hormones and aging. Yikes.
But let’s get back to what matters. Vanity. Just kidding. But not completely. Collagen is what is responsible for giving skin elasticity and hair its strength – so we want [need] it! While collagen is beneficial to the entire body [more on that below], it is most noticeably beneficial to the outer layer of skin. Why? As we age skin thins and loses elasticity…eventually leading to wrinkles, however studies have proven it be *somewhat* reversible, with regular collagen consumption contributing to a 20% reduction. Other positive side effects of collage consumption:
- Strong, healthy bones
- Nourishing for troubled digestive systems
- Healthy hair – even promotes nice full eyebrows if you have thin ones
- Strong, rapidly growing nails
- Reduced joint pain and inflammation – great for athletes
- Hormonal support and balancing
- Skin, skin, skin: adds luminosity and plumpness to the skin, decreases fine lines, helps tighten loose skin, rumored to reduce cellulite – booya.
So we presume you may want to hop on the collagen train by now. So how do you do that? Well there’s a few ways to get in some of the good stuff. Bone broth is all the rage in the health and wellness world, and that’s an incredibly nourishing way to not only get collagen, but to support a strong immune system. But guess what? I don’t want to drink bone broth everyday. There, I said it. Great news: you can actually buy both collagen and gelatin* and easily add them to your every day routines. Our team leans on Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides [as opposed to the Gelatin option] simply because it dissolves in hot or cold beverages and *Here’s a very helpful article on the difference between collagen and gelatin.
We’re giving you three recipes on how to get the good stuff in on the daily. Because everyone deserves to fight wrinkles.
- 2 frozen bananas, chopped
- 1 scoop Vital Proteins Vanilla Collagen Peptides
- 1 Tablespoon cacao powder
- 2-3 Tablespoons coconut milk (can add more/less depending on how creamy you like it
- 1-2 Tablespoons almond butter (optional)
- Throw all ingredients in a food processor and blend away.
- Devour immediately or keep in the freezer if you’re pacing yourself!
This recipe is actually too good to be true. Think rocky road meets banana cream pie. Mmm! I want to eat this everyday.
- 2 cups spinach
- 1 large leaf kale
- 1 cup non-dairy milk, your choice
- 1 large or 2 small ripe bananas, fresh or frozen
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon chia or flax seeds
- 2 tablespoons almond butter
- ¼ ripe avocado
- 1 scoop Vital Proteins Collagen Beauty Greens
- Suggested toppings: Fresh berries, Coconut flakes Chia seeds
- Blend greens and milk until well blended. Add the banana, strawberries, cinnamon, chia or flax seeds, and almond butter and and blend until smooth. Add additional milk or water if needed to thin, though you’ll enjoy the smoothie bowl a bit on the thicker side!
- Once well blended, add the avocado and blend until just incorporated.
- Add in the Beauty Greens and If using protein powder or seed mix, add it now (you don’t want to overblend protein powder).
- Pour into a bowl and sprinkle with our suggested toppings or your other favorite toppings. Alternatively you can have this as a good ol’ fashioned smoothie!
- 1 cup of coffee (buy it or prepare however you’d like!)
- 1 scoop Vital Proteins Unflavored Collagen Peptides
- 1-2 teaspoons coconut oil or ghee
- Splash of maple syrup
- Splash of non-dairy milk of your choice (optional)
- Add all ingredients to a blender and blend away!
- Sip on the good stuff feeling good about the protein and fat accompanying your coffee. Buh-bye blood sugar spike!
Are you hooked? Ready to give collagen a try? Lucky for you, we’ve partnered with Vital Proteins to giveaway one container of their pasture-raised, grass-fed collagen peptides. Head on over to our Instagram to enter!