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All things Collagen … in the kitchen

I’m pretty excited to be sharing these recipes with you today  It’s not every day you’ve got a top-notch company offering you samples of my top selling supplement.   I don’t agree to all product review offers that I get because they really do have to match my guidelines.   So my excitement over this product and review comes from the fact that this product fits in my world so easily. My clients practically pound down my door to get more….

Design for Health whole body  Collagen Proteins are unflavored gelatin granules made from 100% pastured-raised beef.  “Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and is a key constituent of all connective tissues.  Collagen provides the infrastructure of the musculoskeletal system, essential for mobility.  The intake of collagen ensures the cohesion, elasticity, and regeneration of skin, hair, tendon, cartilage, bones, and joints…Our ancestors utilized whole-animal nutrition, which provided an abundant amount of collagen, the native form of gelatin.”

WHO doesn’t want to look younger?

So their Collagen Proteins not only provide the above benefits for your bones and joint structure but also 18 out of the 21 important amino acids we need in our diets regularly, making the 17g of protein per serving a near complete protein source.  This will result in:

youthful skin, healthier hair, and stronger nails

reduced joint pain

maintaining a healthy weight

improved sleep quality

anti-inflammatory effect throughout your whole body

What’s even better than knowing how great their product is is how easy it is to fit into your everyday diet.

For the most part, I have been using it in my hot water or coffee.  The instructions do say to combine with part hot, part cold liquid, but I’ve found that blending it into my smoothie seems to do away with the granulized texture and I don’t even notice it’s there.  I just add a bit more water than normal since gelatin will thicken your smoothie a bit.

Another way I’ve used it is to aid in falling asleep.  I’ll dissolve 1 serving into homemade bone broth or  cashew milk and a little cinnamon before bed on stressful days.

I’ve noticed since using it that my nails are visibly growing faster than normal.  My manicures that normally last 2-3 weeks before the back-growth is obnoxious has shortened to just 1-2 weeks.  A small price to pay for health.  🙂  I’m excited to continue to use it to look for improvements in my sometimes achy post-workout joints.

So probably my favorite use of the Collagen Protein Gelatin is in homemade gummies no not that kind of gummy .  They work really well as a healthy dessert or a mid-afternoon snack.  I pretty much always have some form of bite-size snack available in the fridge so the gelatin had a natural place in my pantry.

This recipe citrus, making for a sour gummy that’s rich in nutrients while still being fairly satisfying due to the protein content.  Leaving the pulp of the citrus brings the glycemic load on your system down (and will make the gummies more sour) but you are welcome to strain the juice out if you don’t mind the higher sugar content.  You can sub any citrus fruit you want if you do not like what I use.

Ideas of how to integrate Collagen into your diet… 

Paleo “Candy” Sour Gummies

Yields:  approx 30 gummies

6 blood oranges + 3 meyer lemons (or approximately 3 cups liquid)

2 limes, juiced

pinch of salt

6 tbsp. Designs for Health whole body collagen

(2 tbsp. gelatin is needed for every 1 c. of liquid used)

Directions:

Peel the oranges and lemons, discard the peels, and place the entire fruit into a blender.  Add the lime juice and a pinch of salt.  Blend on high speed for 1-2 minutes or until the mixture is very smooth.  (Optional:  juice the fruit instead to have a sweeter, less sour gummy.  Be sure to check the total amount of liquid used to keep your liquid to gelatin ratio consistent).

Pour half the mixture into a small saucepan, add the gelatin, and stir very well with a whisk.  Heat over low heat until the mixture is warmed (not hot) and the gelatin has mostly melted, about 3-5 minutes max.  CAUTION:  leaving the mixture over too hot of heat will quickly activate the gelatin and cause your mixture to turn into a thick sludge.

Pour the warm mixture back into the blender and blend again until smooth, about 30 seconds.  Then portion the liquid into silicone ice cube molds (like the ones shown ) or any baking dish (you can cut them yourself).  Refrigerate for 2+ hours before removing and consuming, this will give enough time for the gelatin to solidify the gummies.  Keep refrigerated up to 2 weeks.

Lemon Panna Cotta

Sometimes the best things are the most simple.  Making dairy free and paleo-friendly  panna cotta is a breeze.  It requires just a few minutes of prep.  You do, however, have to plan a bit ahead as it does require at least 4 hours to set in the fridge.

Loaded with good quality fat and grass fed gelatin (shown to improve skin, digestion, and bone/joint health,) this delicate dessert can be eaten for breakfast or dessert.  Read more HERE about the health benefits of gelatin.

Ingredients:

  • 1 can full fat coconut milk
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp grass fed gelatin
  • 3 TBS raw honey OR real maple syrup
  • zest from 2 lemons
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • OPTIONAL: lemon zest for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Whisk together one cup of the canned coconut milk and lemon zest in a medium pan. Bring to just below a boil, turn off heat, cover, and allow to infuse.
  2. Pour the rest of the coconut milk into a shallow bowl and sprinkle the gelatin evenly over the surface and allow to BLOOM for 10 minutes.
  3. Once gelatin has bloomed, gently reheat the coconut milk/lemon mixture to just below a boil and whisk in the coconut milk/gelatin until completely dissolved. Turn off heat.
  4. Whisk in the sweetener of choice and vanilla.
  5. Strain with a sieve  and pour into 3 small dishes and allow to chill until set (at least 4 hours.)
  6. Run a sharp knife around the edge of each cup and unmold onto a serving plate, and garnish as desired OR you can place the chilled cups into a hot water bath for a minute or two to make removal a titch easier.

 

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