We’re all getting older. Sure, our age is just a number but realistically things just naturally happen to our body as we mature whether we like it or not. We can deny and defy all we want but the evidence is there. But today we have many options from serums to injections to surgery. The choices seem endless. No one here is judging but we do encourage research. Collagen has been on our minds for quite sometime.

What is collagen?

Considered a building block, collagen is a protein that our bodies produce naturally. However the production slows down as we age. It can also diminish because of sun damage, smoking, and unhealthy diets. Not just for women either.

Collagen is in our joints, bones, blood, skin, and cartilage. It holds our bones together. It keeps our skin elastic and supple. It gives us glowing skin. It helps with joint pain. Collagen is also known to burn fat and build muscle.

Aside from our bodies building it where else do we get collagen from?

My Korean friend and I chatted over lunch one day about how our asian diets are already rich in natural collagen. Bone broths are commonly consumed. It’s also naturally found in fish, chicken and beef. Collagen production is also boosted thanks to algae based foods.

Collagen in forms of a supplement? I’ve been trying Sproos Grass-Fed Collagen for the past two months to see if would make any difference. I’ve been adding a scoop to my morning smoothies. It’s an easy way to get that collagen boost effortlessly. What I also did was take the Sproos for two weeks and then took one week off…and then went back on and have continued ever since. Anything noticeable?

Aside from having healthy glowing skin, I noticed a decrease in joint pains.  Thanks to a repeat falls over the past few winters on icy surfaces that have taken a toll on joint discomfort, I wasn’t sure if anything but ongoing visits to physio would help. Over the past two months I’ve noticed that the pain is gradually decreasing. I’m still doing my daily stretches and getting in my walks to help as well, of course.

Here are some easy recipes to help you add collagen into your life using Sproos:

BLUEBERRY OATMEAL MUFFINS:

Start your mornings with a nutritional boost by including collagen to your favourite breakfast. To try a healthy twist on blue berry muffins, Jordana Hart from ihartnutrition has this delicious recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups oats, blended slightly
  • ½ cup gluten free flower
  • 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 1 mashed banana
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 1 egg + 1 egg white
  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1cup frozen or fresh blueberries
  • 2 scoops of @SproosLife Marine Collagen

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Spray muffin tins with cooking spray or line with liners

In a medium bowl combine coconut sugar, mashed banana, coconut oil, almond milk, eggs and vanilla. Mix well

In another bowl add in gluten free flour, oat mixture, baking powder, baking soda, salt and collagen. Whisk.

Add dry ingredients to wet and mix well. Fold in blueberries and distribute into muffin tray. Bake for 24 minutes and cool completely.

CHEWY COLLAGEN COOKIES

Nathania Harrison from Well&Tight created this recipe so we can still indulge, but with extra benefits. With the addition of Sproos Collagen, ginger and cinnamon these cookies will help your gut continue feeling happy.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tsp ground flax
  • 4 tbsp water
  • ¼ cup softened coconut oil
  • ¼ cup coconut palm sugar
  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp molasses
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 ½ cups of spelt flower
  • 1 scoop of Sproos Marine or Grass-fed Collagen
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease a baking sheet lightly with coconut oil.

Mix together ground flax and water. Set aside and allow it to thicken for a moment

Combine flax mixture, coconut oil, palm sugar, maple syrup, molasses and vanilla and mix well.

Mix in dry ingredients (spelt, flour, collagen, ginger, cinnamon, ground cloves, baking soda and salt).

Create tbsp size balls and place on cookie sheet 2 inches apart.

Bake for 8 minutes for a softer cookie or 12-15 for crunchy.

 

 

EASY FRUIT SMOOTHIES:

If you’re in a hurry a fruit smoothie is the fastest way to get a healthy snack on the go. I always have fresh and frozen fruit handy. A personal size blender makes for easier clean up and takes up less space on the kitchen counter. Play around with portions and fruit… it’s hard to go wrong! This keeps me feeling full for a few hours.

1 cup fresh or frozen fruit of your choice! I always include blueberries and depending on what I have on hand I’ll also add in bananas, raspberries, mangoes, strawberries, kiwis, Medjool dates (no pits) and even a handful of spinach!

Add in one scoop of Sproos Collagen.

Add in 1 cup of your milk preference (I love a coconut/almond blend — but soy as well as cashew can also be substituted)

I’ll also sometimes add in a tsp of Hemp Hearts for added “good fat”.

Blend until desired consistency!

Another super fast way to get more collagen is to dissolve  a scoop in your coffee or tea. Since there’s no flavour it doesn’t interfere with your beverage of choice.