A Beezy Breakfast with Sports Research Collagen Peptides
Geek squad. I put my researcher hat on for this post, people.
Do any of you follow Jeannette Ogden, otherwise known as @shutthekaleup? Well, I will state the obvious: she’s awesome. Her Insta-story is on point and she is always sharing fantastic recipes made of whole foods and other healthy ingredients. I’ve discovered a lot of products through her recommendations.
I bring up her name because time and time again she reinforces the importance of doing your own research. What works for one person, may not be the best for you and your body. Especially with all the ‘noise’ online when it comes to health and wellness products, sometimes it’s hard to know if a product is personally right for you. A little myth-busting is required. I am not a nutritionist nor a dietitian, I am simply going to state what works for me! I always fulfill my researching duties before embarking on a new health quest. I suggest you do the same. I work in pharma marketing. Disclaimers are my life.
Now, that we have that established, let’s chat about collagen. Perhaps, you’ve seen posts online about people adding this mysterious white powder to various beverages, smoothies, oatmeal, etc. Yes, collagen has definitely gained some fame in recent years as a nutritional supplement and beauty ingredient.
I’ve been using collagen products for about 6 months now. But what is it? What are the benefits? How do you use it? Okay, okay. You want the deets, I get it. Let's give this a whirl.
[cue beezy's super simplified summary of collagen. GO.]
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body, found in bones, muscle, skin, ligaments and tendons. You can think of it as the glue that holds all of these things together. It helps supply structure and support. With age, the body begins to produce less and lower-quality collagen. This can lead to wrinkles, join issues and/or cartilage problems.
While there aren’t many studies on collagen supplements, those that exist show promise for benefits in the following areas: increase muscle function (mass and strength), joint aid (particularly in those with arthritis), and improved skin elasticity. And, if you’re looking for a test subject of one - I’ve noticed the biggest difference in the health of my hair, skin and nails. My hair is shiny and strong, my nails grow uber fast, and my skin - albeit orange, just jokes :) - appears more much clear and plump.
Lastly, in terms of consumption, you can find collagen in either powder or pill form. Typically the powdered form can be easily added to liquids or food and should not clump or gel (pending on which brand you choose).
Alrighty, now that’s my little collagen 101 - all sourced from a lil researchin’ and personal beezy experience.
Now let’s talk product. I’ve dabbled in a couple different collagen product brands over the past 6 months. Some are MUCH better than others. I am currently using a powdered collagen product made by Sports Research. Every morning I either mix it into my coffee or into my scrambled eggs. Yes, my eggs. It actually makes them very fluffy! Don't knock it until you've tried it. It’s taste-free and dissolves well. This is key because your food tastes like FOOD and not some weird collagen-sludge. It's also really easy on my stomach; no discomfort or pain after consuming.
1 scoop adds 10g of protein, which - in addition to the skin, bone and joint benefits - actually helps me stay fuller longer.
Lately my breakfast routine has consisted of adding 1 scoop of the Sports Research collagen peptides to egg whites + 2 eggs, [scrambling], and eating with shredded cabbage (or another variation of baby greens). I typically 'dress up' the cabbage or greens with a variety of things (pending what I have on hand): balsamic vinegar, coconut aminos, salsa, avocado... etc.
- Sports Research Collagen Peptides; 1 scoop
- Trader Joe's shredded green and red cabbage (or a mixed greens base of your choosing)
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup egg whites (about 90g)
- Coconut oil
- Trader Joe's salsa verde
- Balsamic vinegar
- Sea salt + pepper
- Turn on stove to heat skillet; Spray with coconut oil
- In a separate bowl add egg whites + 1 scoop of collagen peptides
- Whisk with a fork until collagen dissolves into the egg whites
- Crack two eggs into the egg white + collagen mixture; whisk to combine all three ingredients
- Once thoroughly mixed, pour into hot skillet
- Cook for about 4-5 minutes; scramble or flip (the mixture should be taking the consistency of an omelet, but you can also simply scramble the mixture - you do you!)
- While the eggs are cooking, add cabbage to a bowl and mix in some salsa verde and a couple shimmy shakes of balsamic vinegar; toss until all cabbage is coated and then add to a plate
- Once the eggs are finished cooking, add to the bed of cabbage and enjoy!