That collagen plays an essential role in hair, skin, nail, and joint health, so it’s crucial that you integrate this fountain-of-youth protein into your diet. Chances are, if you’re not already following a collagen regimen, you’re not getting enough through your regular diet alone. After testing several collagen supplements, we discovered that the easiest and most delicious way to up your collagen intake is through collagen powders that mix into liquids. We love Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides, which is an unflavored collagen powder sourced from grass-fed cows. The powder is odorless and flavorless, making it an easy addition to your morning smoothie or afternoon matcha. Here, we tried out some collagen-infused summer drink recipes courtesy of Vital Proteins to give you a tasty way to get your collagen. Pomegranate Collagen Spritzer. This spritzer actually has nutritional value, and we think it tastes better than the traditional summer cocktail! Pomegranate juice is loaded with antioxidants, so mixing it up with some sparkling water and collagen powder makes for a very healthful summer sip. We recommend chilling the sparkling water in the fridge before mixing for an extra-refreshing experience. Ingredients: 2 scoops Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides, 1 cup water, 1⁄4 cup pure pomegranate juice, Sparkling water. Mix the first three ingredients, stirring until the collagen powder is fully dissolved. Add a splash of sparkling water to taste.
Lemon Raspberry Protein Smoothie. After a long day of rigorous activity under the summer sun, this invigorating fruit smoothie is the perfect pick-me-up. The creamy coconut and banana consistency meets with an antioxidant-rich blend of protein, raspberries, and lemon to replenish depleted energy stores. We like to add unsweetened coconut flakes on top for an added tropical zing! Sip in the morning, after your workout, or anytime you’re craving a healthy surge of energy.