5 Collagen Dishes For The Holidays That You Just Have To Try

Look beautiful this Christmas and incorporate collagen into your Christmas meal with these five cool recipes! From baked oats to cookies, these unique ways to add collagen are not only tasty but healthy!

Introduction

Christmas is just around the corner and the smell of fresh baked goods wafts through the kitchen all December but we’ve heard Santa is also on a diet this Christmas! If you’ve been asking him for wrinkle-free skin for Christmas, we’re fulfilling your orders with collagen!

It can be hard to find healthy dishes during the holidays so we’ve found 5 healthy recipes that you can add collagen to! From starters to desserts, we’ve got you covered! Incorporate collagen into your diet for Christmas and make everyone’s heads turn with your glowing skin!

The Importance of Collagen

Collagen is an important protein in our body- it makes up almost 70% of all proteins. Responsible for keeping your skin tight and looking young, collagen production actually slows down after you turn 20. A lack of collagen causes wrinkles and even dark spots. Taking collagen supplements helps support your body. 

Skin Project collagen comes in powder or liquid form and can be mixed into various foods. Here are some recipes where you can get the best of collagen into tasty treats!

1. Salad

Red, white, and green- the official colors of Christmas- come together to give you the perfect way to begin your Christmas dinner. Start off on a healthy note and set the tone for a collagen-rich diet.

It's quick and filled with the goodness of natural berries enhanced by our very own Red Berry Collagen. The magic is all in the dressing! 

Strawberries are the base for this dish- so we had to add them to the dressing. You can really use any berry you want but we recommend strawberries because they have a whole ton of benefits for your skin. Vinegar is a natural preservative so you can keep your dressing in the fridge for at least a week. Honey is our natural sweetener in this recipe and Red Berry Collagen the twist. With a fusion of these in just the dressing 

If you're asking Santa for wrinkle-free skin for Christmas, this is THE starter for you. With a combination of these ingredients you are guaranteed healthier, hydrated, and smoother skin.  

For the dressing

  • 1 box of fresh strawberries- really, you can use any berry but we recommend strawberries; they are rich in antioxidants, sweet, and delicious
  • Apple Cider Vinegar 
  • Honey
  • Yogurt
  • Olive Oil
  • Red Berry Collagen
  • Garlic
  • Salt & Pepper

For the salad:

  • Spinach-
  • Romaine- 
  • Apples- 
  • Cheese
  • Pomegranate seeds and walnuts

How to: 

  1. Combine all the ingredients for the dressing in a blender and blend until smooth
  2. Cut up the salad ingredients and toss them into a large bowl
  3. Pour the dressing over the salad to taste and adjust for consistency

2. Baked Oats With Molasses

Christmas may be a time to let loose but don’t tell that to your diet. Eating healthy is important all year long but spicing up your meals is a must. For this Christmas, try this special baked oats recipe with a holiday twist!

It’s got the makings of the perfect Christmas meal. Add bananas and oats, both staples in a health-conscious diet, to calcium-rich milk and you’ve got yourself the beginnings of a great dish. Being Christmas, we had to have a dish with molasses so you don’t even have to add sugar to this one! Its naturally sweetened with maple syrup and molasses

Ingredients: 

  • Mashed banana-
  • Rolled Oats
  • Milk- (or almond milk if you want to make it better)
  • Maple Syrup
  • Chia Seeds
  • Vanilla
  • Baking Powder
  • Molasses
  • Spices
  • Salt

How to:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
  2. Take the banana in a bowl and add milk maple syrup, rolled oats, chia seeds, vanilla, baking powder, molasses, spices and salt.
  3. Combine to form a batter. Let it sit for five minutes (it should still stay a watery consistency)
  4. Bake for 25-30 minutes. 
  5. Top it with some Christmas sprinkles or other Christmas decorations

3. Cranberry Smoothie

When Santa Claus comes to town this year, he’s going to be dying to taste this juicy, red, cranberry smoothie. The perfect drink to go with your healthy meal, it's tasty yet quick and easy to make. 

Cranberries are a go-to side dish around the holidays but they taste amazing in this refreshing smoothie, too. Flushed with antioxidants, this collagen drink will detox your body from head to toe. If you’re in the mood for a tangier taste, you can substitute the milk for more cranberry juice. 

The really cool thing about our cranberry smoothie is that it is naturally vegan! It's also naturally sweetened with maple syrup so the calorie count is exceptionally low (you can wipe the sweat off your brow now)! 

In the spirit of Christmas, this smoothie recipe has both cinnamon and ginger- just the smell of the two reminds you of Christmas doesn’t it? With our special collagen twist, this exceptional cranberry smoothie will revitalize your skin, hair, and nails so you also look good for Christmas day! 

Ingredients: 

  • Cranberries
  • Milk (about 450 ml)
  • Maple Syrup
  • Banana 
  • Strawberries
  • Cinnamon
  • Red Berry Collagen or Skilixir 
  • Ginger

How to: 

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into a tall glass and enjoy

4. Peanut Butter Oat-Snap: 

Up first, we have an easy, no-bake recipe that is bound to be a favorite at the dinner table. It's completely vegan and gluten-free. In place of the coconut sugar, you can use stevia or other sugar-free replacements but maple syrup or honey might make the cookies slightly crumbly. 

Our go to for any recipe is almond milk since it's so rich in both taste and nutrients but you can use any normal nut milk. 

For this specific recipe, use only rolled oats- they’ll add a texture and look to your cookies when they are ready. 

Ingredients: 

  • Coconut oil
  • Creamy peanut butter
  • Coconut sugar 
  • Cocoa powder 
  • Unsweetened vanilla almond milk 
  • Sea salt
  • Vanilla extract
  • Sleep collagen 
  • Rolled oat

*Sleep Collagen is a potent sleep-inducing formula. Only eat half an hour before sleeping. Do not take and drive. Read the label on the packet for further information. 

How to:

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the coconut oil and peanut butter. Bring to a smooth consistency. 
  2. Add coconut sugar, Sleep Collagen, cocoa powder, almond milk, sea salt, vanilla and oats into the bowl and stir until combined.
  3. Put large cookie-sized balls of dough on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper
  4. Place this in the fridge for 2-3 hours or until frozen

5. Skinny Gingerbread Cookies

Next up, we’ve got the classic gingerbread cookies but with a twist- a recipe that’ll have you eating while you decorate!

This is the lengthiest of the recipes we’ve talked about so far but we’ve saved the best for the last. Although it isn’t sugar-free, this recipe cuts down on most of the harmful calories and reduces your general sugar intake during the holidays. Made with applesauce, a snack-time favorite which reduces risk of cancer, diabetes, and heart disease, it's great for your overall well being. 

A mix of all-purpose flour, cinnamon, cloves, and molasses, this healthy take on the traditional gingerbread cookie is a necessity at Christmas. You can store the cookies in a jar in the fridge for a few days and they’ll be gone before you know it. 

Ingredients: 

  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup dark molasses
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 packet Sleep Collagen

How to: 

  1. Beat or generously whisk butter, sugar, and applesauce together in a large bowl. 
  2. Continue whisking and add eggs and molasses
  3. In a different bowl, mix flour, baking soda, spices, and Sleep Collagen
  4. Add the spice mix to your sugar and molasses mixture. Stir continuously.
  5. Plastic wrap the dough into two flat balls and chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. 
  6. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  7. Pepper your work area with flour and roll out one ball of dough at once. 
  8. Roll the dough out to 1/4 or 1/8-inch thickness. Keep sprinkling flour on the dough if it gets sticky. 
  9. Cut the dough with a cookie cutter shape of your choice or with a flat blade. 
  10. Place the cookies 1 or 2 inches apart on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  11. Bake for 10-12 minutes.

Conclusion: 

Collagen is the most abundant protein in our body. It’s responsible for giving you tighter, better looking skin. With Christmas around the corner, you deserve healthier skin. This Christmas, try something new! Experiment with collagen based dishes that not only taste great but are healthy as well. Cut down on the extra fats and opt for smoother, youthful skin. Test these five collagen dishes for the holidays that you just have to try and let us know how it goes!

This Christmas, make Collagen your secret to a healthy and delicious meal Infographics

This Christmas, make Collagen your secret to a healthy and delicious meal Infographics