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15 Ways To Sneak Collagen Into Your Meals

Looking for a new way to add collagen to your daily meal plan? Sure, you can just add a scoop to your morning coffee or throw it into a smoothie with some bananas and berries -- but if you want to branch out a bit, there are many more ways to sneak this nutrient-dense food into your diet.

In this article, you'll learn

  • What collagen, and why you should be getting it into your meals every day. 
  • How to get creative with your protein shakes
  • Some novel ways to sneak collagen into your snacks and desserts

What Is Collagen?

Collagen is one of the primary building blocks of your connective tissue and plays a role in the health of your skin, tendons, joints, cartilage, bones, and muscles.

As you age, your levels of collagen naturally start to decline, and as a result, you begin to notice more wrinkles on your face, your joints may start to ache, and your bones might become more frail. 

Although collagen loss with age is a natural process, outside factors can increase the rate at which you lose this crucial structural protein. Too much UV exposure on your skin can result in more wrinkles, too much pressure on your joints can result in premature aches and pains, and poor diet or smoking can interfere with healthy bone formation [1][2][3][4].

While a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle can make a huge difference in how you age, collagen supplements have proven to be an incredible ally in slowing down the aging process. 

Research shows that supplementing with high-quality collagen can reduce skin wrinkles while enhancing elasticity, it can calm the pain associated with osteoarthritis (joint pain), and it can increase bone mineral density to help protect against osteoporosis [5][6][7]

15 New Ways To Sneak Collagen Into Your Meals

#1 Chia Seed Pudding

Chia seed pudding is an excellent way to get some extra soluble fiber into your diet, and it makes a tasty breakfast, snack, or dessert option. Here are three delicious chia seed pudding recipes that kick up the protein with added collagen powder.

Classic Chia Seed Pudding With Collagen Boost

Classic Chia Seed Pudding 

Pumpkin Chia Seed Pudding

Pumpkin Chia Seed Pudding 

Chia Pudding Collagen Smoothie

Chia Pudding Collagen Smoothie 

#2 Vanilla Caramel Collagen Waffles

Waffles are a classic breakfast treat, but they're typically all carb and no protein. When you add collagen to the mix, however, you get the best of both worlds, delicious waffles plus protein.

Vanilla Caramel Collagen Waffles 

#3 Apple Nut Porridge

This apple nut porridge makes a perfect fall breakfast with zero grains, no added sugar, and lots of protein.

Apple Nut Porridge

#4 Chocolate Almond Butter Smoothie Bowl

A smoothie bowl offers a new take on your standard protein shake. Instead of just chugging it down in a glass, pour your smoothie into a bowl with some extra toppings and enjoy it slowly with a spoon.

Chocolate Almond Butter Smoothie Bowl

#5 Skin Boosting Pumpkin Pie

If you're looking for a healthy dessert option, this pumpkin pie is lightly sweetened with honey, contains zero grains and gluten, and is packed with healthy fats and protein.

Skin Boosting Pumpkin Pie 

#6 High-Protein Guacamole 

Guacamole is naturally rich in healthy fats but traditionally doesn't do much in the way of protein. This creamy high protein guacamole is the perfect way to sneak extra collagen into your diet without altering the taste or texture.

High-Protein Guacamole  

#7 No-Bake Collagen Protein Bars

If you prefer your protein-boost in a bar form, try these no-bake collagen protein bars. Enjoy them as an on-the-go snack, for a quick and easy breakfast, or as a tasty dessert.

No-Bake Collagen Protein Bars

#8 Collagen Margarita 

Who says you can't have a little fun with your protein shakes? Add a shot of tequila to make it a delicious adult beverage, or if you just like the taste of margaritas, make it a virgin.

Collagen Margarita 

New Takes On The Classic Smoothie

Of course, adding collagen to a smoothie is always a great option and is often the easiest way to get a significant amount of collagen each day. With that being said, if you've been drinking the same smoothie everyday things can get a little boring, so here are some ideas to spice up your smoothie game:

#9 Turmeric Carrot Smoothie

Enjoy the anti-inflammatory benefits of turmeric in your morning smoothie with this sweet and satisfying turmeric carrot smoothie.

Turmeric Carrot Smoothie 

#10 Coconut Coffee Smoothie

Tired of your regular coffee routine? Grab some Native Path coffee and start your day with this delicious and refreshing collagen-rich smoothie.

Coconut Coffee Smoothie

#11 Native Colada

Who doesn’t love a Pina Colada? You don’t have to be on a tropical beach to drink like you’re on a tropical beach. This recipe also includes the Native Nutrients powder, so you get an extra hit of nutrition.

Native Colada 

#12 Watermelon Collagen Cooler

There's nothing more refreshing than a juicy piece of watermelon in the summer. This watermelon cooler is the perfect way to sneak some collagen into your day when you need a little sweet hydration.

Watermelon Collagen Cooler 

#13 Supercharged Matcha Latte 

Not a coffee drinker? No problem. This rich and creamy matcha latte is packed with antioxidants and supercharged with collagen and Native Nutrients powder.

Supercharged Matcha Latte  

#14 Collagen Ginger "Pick Me Up" Smoothie

All you need are some flax seeds, strawberries, raw ginger, and collagen to whip up some of this delicious beverage.


Collagen Ginger "Pick Me Up" Smoothie 

#15 Berry Beet Smoothie

Adding beets to your smoothie is an excellent way to sneak this nutrient-dense veggie in, plus it gives it a beautiful purple color.

 Berry Beet Smoothie 


Collagen is all the rage these days, and with new research coming out to support its benefits all the time, it doesn't look like the trend is going to end any time soon. 

Don’t let your collagen routine get old, try out new ways to sneak this nutrient-dense food into your diet. In addition to the above options, you can incorporate collagen powder into pretty much any soup, stew, or liquid format you’re consuming. 

Just remember to always purchase high-quality collagen from a trusted source. Learn more about NativePath Collagen here!


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  2. Al-Bashaireh, Ahmad M., et al. "The effect of tobacco smoking on bone mass: an overview of pathophysiologic mechanisms." Journal of osteoporosis 2018 (2018).
  3. Jariashvili, Ketevan, et al. "UV damage of collagen: insights from model collagen peptides." Biopolymers 97.3 (2012): 189-198.
  4. King, Lauren K., Lyn March, and Ananthila Anandacoomarasamy. "Obesity & osteoarthritis." The Indian journal of medical research 138.2 (2013): 185.
  5. König, Daniel, et al. "Specific collagen peptides improve bone mineral density and bone markers in postmenopausal women—A randomized controlled study." Nutrients 10.1 (2018): 97.
  6. Bello, Alfonso E., and Steffen Oesser. "Collagen hydrolysate for the treatment of osteoarthritis and other joint disorders: a review of the literature." Current medical research and opinion 22.11 (2006): 2221-2232.
  7. Bolke, Liane, et al. "A collagen supplement improves skin hydration, elasticity, roughness, and density: Results of a randomized, placebo-controlled, blind study." Nutrients 11.10 (2019): 2494.







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