Collagen is the most dominant protein in the body. You can find it in your hair, bones, skin, muscles, tendons, digestive tissues, blood cells…pretty much everywhere. Unfortunately, that abundance starts to decline with age, along with other factors like poor diet, smoking and too much sun exposure. When we have less collagen in our bodies our skin sags and wrinkles, our digestive lining is weakened, which can lead to leaky gut, and the cartilage between our bones starts to break down, along with other unpleasantries.
Luckily, we can supplement collagen when we stop naturally producing it. These products are all the rage; you’ve probably noticed an entire aisle’s worth of collagen products at your local health food store (powders, lotions, potions, liquids), but what do you do with it all?
Aside from adopting a healthier lifestyle, here are a few ways to increase your collagen intake:
1. Add collagen protein to matcha or coffee.
Blending collagen powder (like Vital Proteins) into your morning brew makes it frothy and creamy without any milk. I like to add a dash of stevia and Bulletproof Brain Octane oil or coconut butter for some extra energizing, fat burning fuel.
2. Try a collagen face mask.
Your skin is your largest organ, and what you put on your body goes in your body. There are a ton of collagen-rich masks available on Amazon with the quick click of your browser. Always opt for non-toxic products.
3. Drink bone broth.
Treat it like a savory latte. Try plain or with a little coconut milk and maybe some turmeric. It’s delicious and makes a great night cap or afternoon snack.
4. Make cookies (recipe below!)
These bad boys are full of collagen, grain free and low in sugar. Oh happy day!
Better Than Botox Cookies
Makes 10-12 cookies
Prep time: 10 minutes
Bake time: 20 minutes
- 1 cup almond flour*
- ½ cup shredded unsweetened coconut
- ½ cup almond butter
- ½ cup coconut oil
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 4 scoops marine collagen
- ½ cup vegan, sugar free chocolate chips**
- Sea salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix almond four, coconut, collagen powder and salt into a medium bowl. Add chocolate chips, followed by almond butter, coconut oil and maple syrup. Use a spatula or your hands to mix until fully combined.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Use a spoon to scoop out golf ball-sized pieces of dough, form into a cookie shape with your hands and place on baking sheet. Repeat until all dough is used (feel free to eat some along the way—they’re great raw too!) and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until lightly brown.
P.S. friends, these are 100% RASA Challenge-approved!
* If you make your own nut milk, you can dry out the pulp to make flour. Just spread on a baking sheet lined with parchment and put in the oven at 175 degrees F for about 90 minutes. Give it a whirl in a dry blender to break apart any clumps.
** I use Lily’s Chocolate Chips