Protein powders and meal replacements are everywhere, touting all kinds of health benefits, sprawling ingredient lists (with words that are spelling bee sluggers) and most taste like chalky vanilla, fake chocolate, or worse. Pass!
Whenever possible, I’m a fan of choosing real food protein options, not processed powders, bars, or drinks. Still, there are cleaner options that pack more nutritional benefits than just protein. My favorite convenient protein powder is a collagen supplement.
Read on to learn more about collagen AND my favorite collagen coffee recipe!
What is collagen?
Collagen is the most abundant form of protein in the body. Not only does it provide protein, it also:
- Acts as digestive support by healing the intestinal tract.
- Helps promote healthy connective tissue like bones, joints, and cartilage.
- Improves vitality of hair and skin (yes please).
The unflavored Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides has been my go to supplement for the past few years. They’re made from grassfed, pasture raised cows and I love that the powder mixes into hot or cold liquids seamlessly. It really does go unnoticed, even in water. There are no gritty, artificially sweetened chunks or strange textures to gulp down.
I use collagen to augment my protein intake in the morning or post workout, but never as a total meal replacement. One serving is 2 scoops, equivalent to 18g of protein and there are no carbs or sugars.
I love blending 1-2 scoops in smoothies, stirring it into soups, mixing it with coffee or matcha, and (in a pinch) adding it to water.
I notice a difference in the brightness and tone of my skin and in the strength of my nails when I use collagen daily. It’s so easy to add into my daily routine, I keep it next to our coffee and tea stash.
There’s so much more to write about bone broth, but for now, know that it’s more than just a base for soups and stews! Bone broth is a nutrient packed beverage made from simmering collagen-rich bones for up to 24 hours. It’s been a staple in traditional cultures for hundreds of years, and making it a (mostly) hands-off process.
Cooking up some beef or chicken? Save the bones in your freezer and make broth when you’ve collected a few pounds. If possible, use bones from responsibly raised animals (grassfed beef and pastured chickens). Here’s an easy slow-cooker recipe for bone broth.
Don’t have the resources or time to make your own bone broth? Check out the options from these brands:
If you’re not in the sipping mood or trying to beat the summer heat try using the broth to cook rice or saute vegetables!
Sometimes coffee can exacerbate my anxiety or make my stomach turn if I haven’t had anything to eat. This spring I started experimenting with adding a scoop of collagen (9g of protein) and a little coconut butter for healthy fat and found that the coffee doesn’t make me feel ill or jittery! Bonus: adding the collagen and coconut butter makes aa frothy latte when blended.
Here’s my easy coffee recipe, let me know if you give it a try!
Blended Coconut Collagen Coffee
10 oz fresh coffee
1/4 c unsweetened almond milk
1 scoop vital proteins collagen peptides
1/2 tsp coconut butter (I ordered mine from Amazon)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp honey or maple syrup (optional)
2 tsp raw cacao powder (optional, if you want a chocolate coffee!)
Combine ingredients in blender and blend until combined, about 1 minute! Pour and enjoy.
I have an affiliate account with Vital Proteins, but this was not a sponsored post (I genuinely love this product and have been using it for a couple of years). If you would like to make a purchase and use the Vital Proteins link in this post I will receive a small commission with no additional cost to you!