I am a ginormous supporter of incorporating collagen into our daily diets. Collagen is the basic building block of our skin, nails, tendons, bones, and joints. It's basically everywhere in the human body. Collagen peptides are a fabulous dietary supplement, as they provide our bodies with the amino acids necessary to produce new collagen...which, at the risk of nerding out too hard on the subject, is basically important for most (if not all) day-to-day human functions.
While the list of benefits may be lengthier than you care to read, here are just a few to wet your whistle:
- It's good for joint-health: Collagen is the most abundant source of protein we carry, and it's most concentrated in the areas where our joints meet and in the connective tissue that binds us. Supplementing collagen into our diets helps properly maintain the collagen in our bodies and our joint resilience. This is particularly appealing to the heavy exerciser or athlete interested in recovery best practices.
- It's good for your skin: Yep, that's right...your face is made of collagen. Your arm pits are made of collagen. Your...well, ok, you get the point. Collagen provides bounce and elasticity to your skin...AKA it fights the droop. And if not for any of the other immense health benefits it provides, it might grab your attention to know that collagen also helps reduce cellulite. No lie!
- It improves sleep quality: And we all could use a better night of sleep.
- It's protein-dense: As if I hadn't already driven this point home...but many people like to use collagen peptides in lieu of a whey protein powder. It's a SUPER clean source of protein (it's even Whole 30 approved), and if you're not someone who necessarily cares about the joint, skin, sleep, etc. benefits, you can find solace in knowing that your baby-hulk post-workout protein shake is chalk-full of clean, dairy- and case-in free protein that your body will most efficiently use.
You know how "bone broth" has recently risen as a trendy superfood over the course of the last year or two? That's due to its collagen content. And while I do love sipping on a mug of bone broth, it's not always the most practical or convenient way to get my daily dose of collagen. Unfortunately I don't have 6-8 hours every day to roast and slow cook a bunch of beef shank bones and chicken feet.
Cue Vital Proteins. Thank GAWD for these people. This company produces, without question, the highest quality of collagen peptides on the market. They make it so easy to supplement it into your diet with so many great options. I first started with Vital Proteins flavorless Collagen Peptides...and it truly is flavorless. I'll dump it into my morning coffee every day and it dissolves into nothing - swear to God you can't taste it. After [excitedly] seeing their product line expand, I now have several favorites, including their Beauty Greens and, the star of this recipe, their newest Vanilla Coconut Collagen Peptides.
Follow me on Instagram (@bacon.and.squats) and visit my page tomorrow, where I'll be announcing an exciting collaboration and giveaway with this amazing company!! In the meantime, you can check out this recipe and start gathering all the ingredients whilst you drool on your keyboard...or cell phone, since I'm pretty sure no one's visited a webpage on their actual PC since Vietnam.
- 2 cups of dark chocolate chips
- 1 shot of espresso, or 2 tsp instant espresso powder
- 2 tbsp almond butter
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 2 scoops of Vital Proteins Vanilla Coconut Collagen Peptides
- 1/2 cup fresh coconut butter (it's definitely cheapest to make your own, but store-bought is also fine!)
- Using the double broiler method, melt together the chocolate chips, espresso, almond butter and coconut oil - stirring frequently. [Double broiler method: fill a sauce pan with about two inches of water and bring to a boil, then place a glass bowl over top of the saucepan - just make sure the bottom of the bowl is not touching the water, but resting an inch or so above.]
- Once the mixture is melted, fold in the collagen peptides until dissolved and mixed in.
- In a muffin tin lined with silicon or paper liners, evenly distribute about 1 tbsp of the melted chocolate mixture into the bottom up each cup (you'll want to use up about half of the mixture). Place in the freezer for 10 minutes to harden a bit.
- Once the chocolate is somewhat hardened, distribute about 1/2 a tablespoon of coconut butter into the center of each cup.
- Spoon the rest of the melted chocolate over top of the coconut butter until it's all covered and sealed in.
- Place the tray back in the freezer for another hour to completely set.
- Enjoy immediately or place in an airtight container in the fridge.
Servings: 12-15 cups