Collagen supplements have been trending for a while now, and it makes sense. This fibrous protein is the most abundant form of protein in our bodies – it’s sort of like the gluey support structure that holds everything together. And while marketing messages promoting collagen tend to focus entirely on how it can improve skin health, that’s not all it does. We need collagen for all kinds of things, including our nails, hair, joints, tendons, cartilage, muscles, and gut health. Here’s the thing – as we age, our production begins declining. And that’s when fragile skin with less elasticity and more wrinkles ramps up. Fortunately, it’s easy to supplement that collagen decline with collagen-boosting foods and a great collagen protein powder. And the payoff isn't just more collagen, but all the benefits of more protein in your diet, which is particularly important for supporting fertility in both women and men. We rounded up a couple of our favorite recipes to get you started.
Chocolate smoothie with collagen protein powder
This recipe couldn’t be easier, and you can dress it up any way you like.
- 2 cups cold milk of choice (we vote coconut or oat)
- 1 frozen banana
- 2 tbsp almond butter
- ¼ cup raw cacao powder
- 2 scoops of collagen protein
Blend until smooth and enjoy.
Peanut butter protein collagen balls
Warning – you will devour these. So. Good.
- 1 cup old-fashioned oats
- ½ cup peanut butter
- ⅓ cup maple syrup or raw honey
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup almond flour OR ground flaxseed
- 3 scoops collagen protein
- ½ cup dark chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional)
- ⅔ cup shredded unsweetened coconut (optional)
Stir together until evenly combined. Chill for an hour or so, then roll into one-inch balls. These refrigerate well for up to one week (like they’ll last) or frozen for up to three months.
Bonus tips for sneaking in more collagen protein
The beauty of a good collagen powder is its versatility. If you’re in a rush and you don’t have time to whizz up a smoothie, try stirring it into your morning coffee or oatmeal. It also blends seamlessly (i.e. with no taste or smell) into soups, sauces, and dips. Really, you can sneak this stuff into just about anything for a much-needed boost of protein.