By now you’ve probably heard of collagen -- but what is it actually good for and how do you use it? We hope to answer these questions for you today and give you an easy smoothie recipe that can be made fresh at our cafe or enjoyed at home!
Let’s start with a little bit of science…
Collagen is a protein that is very abundant in our bodies. It is a major building block in skin, hair, nails, joint tissue and even intestinal lining. Over time our bodies begin to produce less and less collagen; this is the big culprit for the loss of skin elasticity and joint pain that we associate with aging. It has been shown that supplementing collagen could help preserve and strengthen these tissues over time.
As with any supplement, we know that not all collagen powder products are created equal.
Many companies on the market cut corners with the sourcing of their collagen peptides and this can result in unwanted chemicals and hormones making their way into your product. Our collagen is only sourced from cows that are grass-fed and raised in the US. No rGBH here!
The smoothie for smooth skin
Combine the following ingredients in your blender and blend until smooth:
6 ounces of Almond Milk (30 calories)
1 scoop of Chicago Health Foods Collagen Peptides Powder (70 calories)
1 cup of Raspberries, frozen or fresh (roughly 60 calories)
1 ripe Banana (roughly 100 calories)
1 tablespoon Peanut Butter (90 calories)
Half an Avocado (roughly 140 calories)
Ice as needed
This smoothie is under 500 calories and boasts a full 20g serving of protein! In addition to the collagen, avocados contain a high amount of the essential fatty acid Omega-3 which can also boost healthy skin cells and lower inflammation. Perfect to get your day started or to help recover and rebuild after a workout. Your body will thank you.