If you are a health-foodie and/or are a health-foodie who’s addicted to Instagram, you’ve probably seen the “collagen hype.” Everybody and their moms are adding this mysterious, magic potion to their coffee, oatmeal, energy bites, what have you. As with most health food trends, I ignored it for months. However, when Further Food reached out to me to try their collagen and educate readers about the benefits, I decided to give it a try. (Fads are popular for a reason…..right…?) I tried it in my coffee that afternoon, and to my amazement, I instantly grew two feet of long, luscious hair, my fingernails became so strong I could use them as claws, AND I grew a unicorn horn!
But – lo and behold, the hype is real. I’ve noticed changes in my fingernails (they do grow SO fast!), feeling more satiated (it’s pure protein), and changes in having less…umm……of a certain bodily function (if you know me, you know this is BIG).
So here’s the deal: collagen is the stuff that makes up our connective tissue, and 70% of our skin. Once we hit our 20’s, our bodies naturally stop producing as much collagen. This steady decline leads to wrinkles (that’s fine), saggy skin (okay it happens), joint stiffness (ouch), and weaker bones (oh no!). By consuming collagen peptides daily, you can reverse the effects of collagen loss. The collagen strengthens hair, nails, joints and bones, is good for gut health, and it’s pure protein, so it fills you up! My morning cup of coffee + collagen has more staying power than it used to!
The best, in-depth explanation of what collagen is I found here, on the Wellness Mama blog.
I have to admit, I was leery of collagen peptides once I found out it is made from bovine hide, especially with my recent feelings on eating meat, period (more on that later). But upon some more research, Further Foods Collagen Peptides is made from grass-fed, pasture-raised cow hide from Brazil. So I have to trust that they are sustainably sourced (the rest of the cow being used as well) and humanely procured.
Collagen peptides have no flavor or odor, so you can really add it to anything. I’ll add a scoop to my coffee, oatmeal, smoothies, and most recently – a beautiful, warm loaf of Paleo Collagen Applesauce Bread…..
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- 4 eggs, lightly beaten
- ½ cup applesauce
- 3 Tbsp maple syrup
- 2 tsp vanilla
- ½ cup coconut flour
- ¼ cup almond flour
- 3 scoops Further Food collagen peptides
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- Pinch of salt
- Preheat oven to 375. Line a small loaf pan with parchment paper.
- With a whisk (or using a sifter), combine coconut flour through salt (all the dry ingredients) in a medium bowl. In a small bowl, combine eggs through vanilla (wet ingredients). Add wet ingredients to the dry and mix well.
- Bake for about 40 minutes, or until the center isn't goopy when you touch it.