There are many different ways to beautiful, healthy skin, and one that has been getting a lot of attention lately is Collagen. It has made its way into every facet of the health community and has people talking about the short and long term effects. I’d like to focus on what collagen does for the skin and add a delicious recipe to entice to maybe add a little to your wellness routine.
Collagen is sometimes referred to as the skin’s glue, as it helps give skin strength, plumpness, smoothness and elasticity. Over 27 types of collagen have been identified, and the natural loss of collagen type l that occurs with aging and sun exposure is largely responsible for skin aging and wrinkles. Taking a collagen supplement may help enhance collagen production and strengthen the skin’s dermis (the second layer of skin where the collagen is found). A collagen powder drink may also help the skin retain moisture and appear more plump. Although anecdotal evidence supports these claims, studies have shown conflicting results and some researchers state that the digestive enzymes in the stomach break down the collagen and prevent it from reaching the skin.
One of easiest ways to add collagen into your diet is to use collagen powder; not only can you add it to smoothies and shakes, you can add it to your cooking as well. A good brand to get you started is Vital Protein Collagen Peptides. Here is an easy and yummy recipe you can try via Unbound Wellness.
Chocolate Coconut Collagen Protein Bites
- 1 cup coconut cream concentrate/coconut butter
- 3/4 cup shredded coconut + extra for garnish
- 2 scoops collagen powder (or 4 tbsp)
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp carob powder (cocoa powder works too if not AIP)
- 2 tbsp filtered water
- Soften the coconut butter (either in the microwave, or it’ll just be soft enough if your house is sweltering like mine) to where it’s easy to work with and stir. .
- Fold in the remainder of the ingredients and stir well until evenly combined. Add more water if too thick.
- Once combined, begin rolling the mixture into balls about a half an inch wide, or to size of liking, and sprinkle with extra shredded coconut for garnish.
- Place in the refrigerator for at least an hour, or in the freezer if you plan to travel with them. Store the extra’s in the fridge… if you can hold back from eating them all and actually have extra’s.
What are some ways you incorporate Collagen into your diet?
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