5 Ways to Use Collagen Peptides
In this post, I will discuss ways to use collagen peptides and what they are.
What is Collagen?
Body-wise, collagen is the most abundant protein in your body. It forms connective tissue which is important for many parts of your body. It helps give support to your skin, muscles, and bones.
Food-wise, collagen can be found in foods like bone broth and organ meat. Collagen is part of the reason why bone broth is such a popular health food.
Collagen is also sold as a protein supplement either simply as collagen or as collagen peptides.
Interestingly, collagen is not a complete protein source. This means that collagen doesn’t have all of the essential amino acids in it. However, this doesn’t even begin to negate its beneficial impacts.
What are Collagen Peptides?
Collagen peptides, also known as hydrolyzed collagen, is a form of collagen that has been broken down. This form of collagen is considered to be easier to digest and absorb in the body.
Why use Collagen Peptides?
Collagen Peptides have a variety of reported benefits:
- Improved skin elasticity (which can help with aging)
- Recovery of lost cartilage (which can help with joint-health)
- Strengthened tendons and ligaments (which can also help with joint-health and muscle support)
- Increased bone mineral density in postmenopausal women
Not to mention they are often flavorless and are a great way to sneak in extra protein into your diet.
My favorite collagen peptides are from Great Lakes Gelatin. They don’t have an after taste (like many other collagen peptides I’ve tried) and their collagen and gelatin products come from grass-fed cows.
5 Ways to Use Collagen Peptides
Now that you know what collagen peptides are, here are 5 ways for you to use them in your recipes!
One of my favorite ways to use collagen peptides is in protein-energy bites. It’s a great way to get some extra protein into my snacks that I meal-prep.
To incorporate them into your energy bites, simply add a scoop or two of collagen peptides into your energy bite dough and prepare them as you normally would.
Some of the protein-energy bite recipes I’ve developed sport a whopping 5 – 8g of protein per serving. Here’s a list of my favorite collagen protein-energy bite recipes:
- Cake Batter Bliss Bites (6.2g of protein a ball)
- Peanut Butter Protein Bites (8g of protein a ball)
- Chocolate Protein Energy Bites (5.2g of protein a ball)
Oatmeal, overnight oats, & chia seed pudding
Collagen peptides are typically flavorless so it makes them easy to add to your morning oats or chia pudding. The next time you go to make a cozy breakfast bowl, mix in a scoop of collagen for a boost of protein.
If you want some more guidance, I have a Red Velvet Cake Chia Pudding recipe that has collagen in it that you can try.
I’ll be honest, I’m not the biggest fan of smoothies. I feel like the hit my bloodstream too fast. However, I’ve learned that adding sources of protein and healthy fats to my smoothies has helped with this issue.
So on the rare occasions when I am craving a smoothie, I’ll throw in a scoop of collagen. This not only adds a boost of protein but it also helps slow down how fast the smoothie hits me.
Try my Raspberry Red Velvet Cake Smoothie if you need some smoothie inspiration!
Perhaps one of the easiest ways to use collagen peptides is by adding it to your dips (like I did with my Protein Hummus recipe).
Think hummus, bean dip, guacamole, the list goes on. Simply adding a scoop (or two) can be a great way to pack in some extra protein.
Frothed into your milk
Adding collagen into your latte seems to be all the rage these days.
Simply add a scoop to your coffee or tea and enjoy. Or froth it into your milk for an extra creamy and nourishing latte.
Bonus Idea from my mentor Kelly Schmidt is to mix a scoop of collagen into your morning scrambled eggs!
Do you use collagen peptides? What’s your favorite way to use it? Let me know in the comments.
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