5 Dietitians Weigh-In on Collagen
Friday, July 14, 2017
LifeTime WeightLoss in Collagen, Paul Kriegler, Supplements, supplements


I was curious if everything I'd been hearing about collagen was just hype — or if there really is something special about this popular protein. Here's what five of our top dietitians had to say. (Plus, a few of their favorite ways to use it.) 


Anika: RD, Pn1, Sports Nutrition Certification – ISSNAnika

"I get most excited about the skin benefits. Although the body naturally produces collagen (which keeps the skin supple), as we age, production decreases, and daily environmental stressors and toxins take a toll on the skins elasticity. I suggest collagen for clients who (like myself) want to have it all (full-time job, family and home) and prefer to use optimal nutrition to look and feel their best. I use collagen to keep my skin looking fresh — because the last thing I want to think about in the morning is putting make up on."

"Of course I love it in coffee, but I'm a fan of making collagen "mocktails" when I'm detoxing."

Anika's mocktail: One scoop  Life Time Beef Protein with Collagen Peptides added to 1/4 cup coconut milk, mix in blender until frothy, then top with 1 cup sparkling water or ginger root beer Zevia.


Paul: RD, Sports Nutrition Certification – ISSN, USATF – Level 1, Pn1Paul

"Collagen peptides as a supplement make it easy for me to get some of the benefits of bone broths and slow-cooked, on-the-bone cuts of meat that I rarely prepare at home. I find a scoop-a-day helps to keep my skin healthy, and my joints mobile."

"It’s just a really tasty treat with my morning coffee or shake. Sometimes I add another scoop to my evening protein pudding snack."

Paul's protein pudding: Life Time Vegan protein,  Life Time Beef Protein with Collagen Peptides, Life Time Fiber, and unsweetened coconut milk. For an added treat, dip dark chocolate squares in it.



Becca: RD, MS, Certified Personal Trainer - NCSFBecca

"All too often consumers get caught up in the most recent topical treatment or ‘cure’ for strong hair, nails, smooth skin, etc. I think one of the biggest misconceptions out there about skin, is that we must use costly topical products to enhance and optimize it. When in reality, using an ‘inside out’ method and focusing on nutrition may yield the best outcomes for our skin. Collagen is awesome for nail, hair and skin health. Although it's naturally produced in the body — and is the most abundant protein — our production slows as we age. That's why I like to use collagen powder as a daily nutritional enhancer — it mixes really well and creates a great texture and consistency for shakes and smoothies, and I love it blended into my morning coffee.”

Becca's blender coffee: 1 scoop  Life Time Beef Protein with Collagen Peptides, 1/4 cup coconut milk, and 1 cup hot coffee (or cold press) and blend on high. Pour into favorite cup and enjoy.


Sam: RDN, NASM- Certified Personal TrainerSam

"In our society, our animal protein consumption comes primarily from muscle meats. While they are part of a healthy diet, we often miss out on the digestive (and many other) benefits that connective tissue can offer, and this connective tissue is often found in cuts we don’t consume frequently. I love using collagen because it’s a delicious way to get those gut-supporting collagen peptides in regularly, and it provides a solid, non-dairy source of animal protein. From my experience, this is a client favorite and is well tolerated by most.”

"Of course, I love it with my coffee, but I also make my favorite white chocolate dessert bars with collagen."

Sam's white chocolate dessert bars:1 1/2 cups coconut butter (warmed until soft), 1 cup Life Time Beef Protein with Collagen Peptides, 6 Tbsp. coconut oil, 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract, 1/4 tsp. sea salt, 1/4 tsp. cinnamon.

Line pan with parchment paper, add first five ingredients, quickly stir in salt and cinnamon, pour into pan and chill for one hour. serves 18. Enjoy! 



"I used beef protein throughout my pregnancy. It helped support skin health and in combination with a great skin care regimen helped me to avoid any stretch marks! I added it to my whey protein shakes while I was pregnant. I now use it in combination with whey protein in my morning oatmeal to make a more impactful meal."

Julie's smoothie: 1 scoop chocolate UCAN, 1 scoop Life Time Whey concentrate, 1 scoop  Life Time Beef Protein with Collagen Peptides, 1 scoop Mocha Life Greens, 1 tsp MCT oil, 1 scoop Life Time Fiber, 5-6 ice cubes and 10 ounces water.
Julie: (not pictured) MS, RD, CSSD, Pn2


My take away from several conversations with this talented team of dietitians: aside from a few super tasty recipes — which I suggest you try immediately — collagen isn't just hype. For some, it may provide amazing skin and gut health benefits. I've been using it daily for the last week and can't see myself going back now. From a culinary standpoint, it adds an unbeatable creamy texture to recipes and I personally love adding a scoop to my homemade nice cream. I must tell you, I'm sold on the stuff. But don't take my word for it. Give it a try yourself — and let us know your favorite way to add collagen to your day. If you're interested in joining Anika for her next complimentary detox class, sign up here.

Life Time Weight Loss Staff

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