If you’ve ever walked into a supplement shop or specialty health food store, you may have noticed items containing collagen. Collagen can take the form of pills, drinks, syrups, lotions, gels, masks, and other beauty and health products. In recent years, collagen has become more popular and there are many who swear by its effectiveness. Before we talk about this keto collagen peptide smoothie, let’s first go over the basic question, “what is collagen?”
Collagen is the most abundant protein in all living things. There are three types of collagen that make up 80-90% of the total collagen content in the human body; type I, type II, and type III. (1)
Type I collagen – This is the most abundant type of collagen. It’s primarily found in the skin, tendons, bones and ligaments. (2) Type 1 collagen has the highest tensile strength which is why it helps keep skin firm and elastic. Did you know that gram for gram, it’s actually stronger than steel?
Type II collagen – Type II collagen is found in cartilage which acts as our body’s natural shock absorber. As we age, collagen production slows down and repetitive movement such as walking will wear down cartilage causing joint pain. A study in 2009 proved that type II collagen supplementation was effective in treating patients with osteoarthritis of the knee. (3)
Type III collagen – This type of collagen is the second most abundant collagen in the body but it reaches peak levels in infants and toddlers. Eventually, type III collagen is replaced by type I collagen as we age.
Boost Your Nutrition with Collagen
As we get older, collagen production slows down significantly. It’s one of the reasons why mature adults have more wrinkles, loose skin, achy joints, dry hair, leaky gut, lower energy levels, etc. Supplementing with collagen improves the health of both hair and skin, reduces joint pain, improves gut health, boosts the metabolism, and helps to protect individuals from cardiovascular disease.
For those who want to boost their nutrition with collagen, we highly recommend purchasing a collagen peptide supplement which can be dissolved in hot or cold drinks. Collagen peptides possess the same nutrients as regular collagen but it’s much easier for the stomach to digest thanks to a process called hydrolysis.
This awesome collagen smoothie not only tastes great, but it’s also very easy to make and 100% keto-approved. Time is not an issue with this recipe since it only takes a maximum of 5 minutes to prepare a single serving. It’s the perfect breakfast smoothie for individuals who have busy mornings but still want to consume a nutritious, balanced meal.
To make this smoothie, combine ¼ a large ripe avocado, 1 ½ teaspoons of chia seeds, 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder, 1 scoop (1/3 oz) of collagen peptides, 1 tablespoon of almond butter, ½ a cup of unsweetened almond milk, ½ a cup of water, liquid stevia, and ¼ to ½ a cup of ice in a blender. Pulse the ingredients until the mixture is smooth and serve immediately. Any leftovers should be kept properly in the refrigerator.
The high healthy fat content of this smoothie will provide you with lasting energy and will keep you satiated for a longer period of time. If weight/fat loss is your goal, you definitely need to add this delicious keto smoothie to your nutrition plan. It’s thick, creamy, flavorful, and most importantly, it will make you look and feel fantastic!
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The Best Keto Collagen Peptide Smoothie Ever (Easy Recipe)
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 1 1x
¼ large avocado
1 ½ tsp chia seeds
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1 scoop (1/3 oz) collagen peptides
1 tbsp almond butter
½ cup unsweetened almond milk
½ cup water
liquid stevia to taste (optional)
¼– ½ cup ice
- Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Serve immediately.