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9 Delicious Ways to Use Collagen in Recipes
July 18, 2016 in Lifestyle · Paleo · 3 Comments

I’m 32. I know that isn’t old – but I do notice little signs of change. It takes longer for my muscles to recover, I can’t stretch nearly like I used to, I see wrinkles and varicose veins peaking through. I remind myself that all of those things are okay, and normal – a natural result of our body producing less and less collagen as we age. And you can actually add collagen back into your system by way of things like bone broth, or powdered collagen.

I’ve used collagen in recipes for quite some time now, but in case you’re new to it, this magical component is vital for our body and is a basic building block of skin, hair, nails, bones and joints. (It’s what bone broth is comprised of, and the reason it gels.) It also plays a large put in gut healing protocols, which was how I found Vital Proteins last year when going through various health issues. We’ve been partners ever since, and their commitment to using high quality sources (grassfed, pasture raised or wild-caught), and continued research into health via collagen is extremely impressive. 

I started out using the bovine collagen which comes from grassfed cows, but they also now make a marine collagen, from wild caught snapper, which opens the doors for pescatarians!  Although I eat meat, I actually like the marine collagen a bit better {even though it has a little less protein} because it literally has no smell and no taste.

Why You Should Be Using Vital Proteins Collagen in Your Recipes

There are so many ways to easily incorporate collagen into many of the recipes you’re already making at home because it’s just a powder that dissolves – but there are two different forms, that behave differently when they hit liquid so I want to make sure you understand where each should be used.

COLLAGEN GELATIN (only beef) will thicken when it is dissolved in liquid, so it is amazing gluten-free thickener, like when you need a roux for soup, or as an egg replacement for things like  pudding, panna cotta, ice cream or as a binder for cakes, cookies, waffles, etc.

COLLAGEN PEPTIDES (beef and marine) will dissolve in both hot or cold liquid and never thicken. Think of the peptides as a little boost you can stir into salad dressings, sauces, eggs, soups, smoothies, yogurt, throw a tablespoon into your coffee – just about anything.

Here are some great examples where collagen is written into the recipes, so start with these as a guide. Then as you get more comfortable, start adding to your every day cooking and some of your favorite recipes for an extra boost. Let me know if you have any other questions about collagen in the comments, I’d be happy to help answer!

Soup

Nutty Cabbage Fennel Soup

Nutty Cabbage Fennel Soup + Collagen Superboost

Clam, Halibut, and Kale Chowder by Fresh Tart

clamkalechowder-e1453256517685

Panna Cotta, Puddings, Ice Cream: used as a thickener, and keeps ice cream soft

Maple Butternut Squash Panna Cotta with Gingersnap Crumble

Maple Butternut Squash Panna Cotta {thickened with grass-fred collagen}

Mint Chocolate Pots de Creme

Mint Chocolate Pots de Creme (eggless) - thickened with grassfed collagen

Coconut Matcha Ice Cream by Cookie Named Desire (you would use the collagen gelatin for this because it the thickener, and helps keep ice cream soft. even David Lebovitz suggests this!)

Coconut Matcha Ice Cream {blog: a cookie named desire}

Sweet Breads, Bars, Cakes: used as an egg replacement, binder

“Chocolate” Carob Bread with Date Caramel Frosting

"Chocolate" Carob Bread with Date Caramel Frosting {AIP/Paleo}

Paleo Carrot Cake with Coconut Whipped Cream

AIP/ Paleo Carrot Cake {gelatin replaces the egg}

Eggs

Two Egg Omelette with Zata’ar Sweet Potato Noodles

Two Egg Omelet with Spiralized Sweet Potatoes {paleo}

Ham & Egg Crepe Pockets

Ham & Egg Crepe Pockets {with extra boost from collagen}

Thanks to Vital Proteins for sponsoring this recipe, and our continued partnership this year! And thank you for allowing me to work with brands I trust to make Heartbeet Kitchen possible. 

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3 thoughts on “9 Delicious Ways to Use Collagen in Recipes

  1. Zequek Estrada

    The one thing that has stopped me from trying out collagen peptides is figuring out how to incorporate it into my food. These recipes look delicious.I can’t wait to try making the mint chocolate pots de creme.

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