(Keto) Creamy Chocolate Collagen Smoothie

Before I get to the chocolaty goodness recipe, here is a little food for your brain (literally) so you know whyyyy I preach collagen so much.  I can't stress it enough...so I will let the facts to the talking.  

Collagen - it’s totally a buzz word at this point, but for VERY good reason.  Derived from animal bones, it is the reason bone broth is the queen-bee right now.  Since bone broth isn’t the easiest to make and can be a little difficult to get your hands on everyday...this is the easy-peasy way of getting all of the amazing nutrients in a powdered form.

It is no surprise that  your body slows its collagen production as you get older, cue the wrinkles and the frail bones.  So this addition to your diet should be a no-brainer. There have been topical collagen solutions for years but nothing is better than taking it internally.

So what exactly is Collagen? It is the amino-acid made up of proline, glycine, hydroxyproline, and arginine. In simple terms it acts as the glue that holds our bodies together.  It ensures the elasticity and regrowth of your ligaments, skin, joints, and bones. Collagen makes up 30% of our body’s protein and 70% of our skin’s protein. Since collagen powder is sourced from animals, make sure to look for organic, pasture raised, and grass-fed quality.   With anything in life..the better the source = more quality of a product = better benefits. By ingesting the collagen we are spreading the benefits throughout our body, and sending it right to the source. And mannnn let me tell you...the benefits are endless.

Here are a few amazing benefits of collagen:

  • Supports healthy skin, nails and hair.  

  • Strengthens your bones, joint, and ligaments

  • Aids in digestion, reduces inflammation and helps heal leaky gut by healing damaged cell walls in your gut

  • Packed with protein to give you that extra protein punch in the day

  • Loaded with amino acids for organ function

  • Balances hormones from the amino acids

  • Natural detoxer from rebuilding cells

  • Increases heart health by releasing fat from artery walls

  • Aids in sleep from the Glycine which has been said to aid in the brain

Since it is easily dissolvable in any liquid it has become a staple in my pantry.  I personally use this as my protein powder in my green smoothie every morning since it is a one stop shop for so many benefits.  Most servings have anywhere from 11-18g of protein! Some companies make this in pill form or you can make your own capsule for easy on the go benefits.

There are so many ways to use this magic powder.  You can add it to...

  • a smoothie (scroll down for a recipe that will have your taste buds dancing)

  • to soup

  • your morning tea or coffee

  • baked goods (I suggest a paleo type of baked good)

  • yogurt (I suggest dairy free of course)

  • almond butter

Right now I am loving Natural Force collagen peptides.  It is so smooth, completely tasteless and jam packed with nutrients.  Type I and III, from grass fed pasture raised cattle from South America. Not sure if you get more pure than this.  (CARLY15 for 15% off)

Here is the recipe for a

Keto Creamy Chocolate Collagen Smoothie

  • 1/2 cup of full fat coconut milk (I use 365 brand)
  • 1 cup of cashew milk
  • 1/2 tbs flax meal
  • 1 tbs chia seeds
  • 1/4 avocado
  • 2 tbs of Natural Force Collagen
  • 2 tbs cocoa nibs
  • 1 tbs cocoa powder 
  • Handful of fresh spinach (optional for added greens because why not!)
  • Top with a few pecans (optional)
 

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