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I recently did a post on collagen and how supplementing with this protein daily can improve your skin's elasticity, decrease achy bones and joints, help you to lose weight, and give you healthy, shiny hair.
Now in this post I will explain the role of Vitamin C in collagen production AND give you my collagen + vitamin C smoothie recipe!
Vitamin C has been linked to having a role in collagen synthesis, but the exact mechanism has not been proven. The possible relationship is why it is suggested to dissolve your collagen powder in orange juice (a form on vitamin C). I read an article recently that even though most people think of oranges as the best form of Vitamin C, there are many more foods out there that contain much more of this vitamin. In fact, this article from health.com describes 12 foods with more vitamin C than oranges!
These foods include:
- Chili peppers
- Red bell peppers
- Green bell peppers
- Brussel sprouts
Since not all of these super-Vitamin C foods would go very well in a smoothie (brussel sprout smoothie? No, thanks!) I picked a couple of my favorites to try out for my collagen + vitamin C smoothie. The fun thing about smoothies is there seems to be an endless amount of recipes! So if you perhaps don't like what I chose for mine, you can always sub something out :) And topping your smoothie with ingredients like chia seeds, flaxseed, and freshly cut fruit adds even more health benefits (and always makes for a nice picture!)
COLLAGEN + VITAMIN C STRAWBERRY MANGO SMOOTHIE BOWL
- 1 cup freshly sliced strawberries (save a few for topping)
- 1 cup frozen mango chunks
- 1 cup nonfat greek yogurt
- 1 scoop collagen
- Chia seeds (optional)
- Flax seeds (optional)
Blend strawberries, mango chunks, and greek yogurt in blender or NutriBullet until smooth. Once smooth, add in 1 scoop of collagen powder. Blend until powder is thoroughly mixed. Drink immediately, or add to a bowl to top with additional fresh fruit, chia seeds, and flax seeds. Enjoy!
What do you think about adding collagen to smoothies? Do you have any other healthy ingredients that you add to your smoothies that I am missing out on? Leave a comment below!