08.31.2016

Wellness Wednesday: The Benefits Of Collagen + How To Incorporate It Daily (i.e. yummy recipes!)

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I’ve been pretty open about my hair loss over the past several months (post delivery of Harper). It was something I really struggled with. My hair was always something I put a lot of effort into… if I had the choice between applying some make-up or doing my hair, I would hands down choose my hair. Always. So, when it started to fall out in clumps (and I am not exaggerating here) I started to panic. It was one of the harder post-pregnancy oddities that I had to deal with. I felt as if I had minimal control over the shedding, and thought I was going to go bald… or at least have a receding hairline. I was pretty much desperate, so I had booked an appointment with my doctor…

Then, I was introduced to Vital Proteins Marine Collagen (and their entire line of collagen). I hadn’t done much research on collagen, but as I was introduced to the product, I started to see articles pop up all over the internet on the topic. In a nutshell, I discovered that collagen can aid in skin + hair health (right up my ally), bone + joint health, assist in balancing hormones (yes for this post pregnancy body!), and aid in digestion. I decided to start incorporating the marine collagen (which is tasteless) into my morning oatmeal. After about 2 weeks, I started to notice that my hair wasn’t falling out nearly as much, and that little baby hairs were starting to sprout around my hairline (AMEN!!). When I went in for a blow-out, after 7 days of not washing my hair, the stylist told me that there wasn’t much that had fallen out. I was seriously so happy…. and now, I swear by it. I make sure to get a daily dose of it, and have gotten a little creative with how I have been incorporating it lately. Of course, all of these recipes are delicious without the collagen (I mean, it is tasteless), but if you’re looking to start incorporating collagen into your routine, these options are pretty tasty!

benefits of collagen, itsy bitsy indulgences

Cashew Milk Chia Seed Pudding:

2 cups unsweetened vanilla cashew milk (or any nut milk)
2 tablespoons honey
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of sea salt
6 tablespoons chia seeds
1 scoop collagen peptide

For the pudding, prepare 8 hours prior to eating.

In a bowl, quickly stir together all ingredients, except the chia seeds. In a blender, pour in the combined ingredients, and begin to blend on low. Slowly add in the chia seeds, a tablespoon at a time, being sure the chia seeds don’t end up on the sides of the blender. Once all chia seeds are combined, blend on low for 2-3 minutes. I simply poured the ingredients into a large bowl, covered, and placed in the refrigerator. After about an hour, I stirred the ingredients again, and then placed the lid on, and left in the refrigerator over night. I top mine with Purely Elizabeth granola, sliced strawberries, + 1/4 square bar.

cashew milk chia seed pudding, itsy bitsy indulgences

Vanilla Overnight Oats (with all the fixings): 

1/2 cup steel cut oats (I love the Trader Joe’s version)
1 cup nut based milk (I used unsweetened vanilla cashew)
Cinnamon (to your liking)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 scoop collagen peptide

Place oats in a bowl, pour in milk and then mix in collagen, vanilla, + cinnamon. Place in a jar that you can cover with a lid. Place in refrigerator over night (or at least 2 hours). When you’re ready to eat, you can enjoy them cold or heat up in the microwave. I top with 1/4 cup blueberries, 1/2 sliced banana, 2 tbsp Purely Elizabeth granola, + 1 tsp Justin’s Honey Peanut Butter.

vanilla overnight oats, itsy bitsy indulgences

Pumpkin Bars:

I posted the recipe for these a few days ago, and you can find it here (this is not my own recipe). To incorporate the collagen, simply add 1 scoop to the mixture. I made a bath of these on Monday and they’re almost gone!!

collagen pumpkin bars, itsy bitsy indulgences

You also know how much I love some great athleisure, and I thought I’d share a few favorites, and pieces that I have been eyeing lately. I have been wearing this wrap hoodie non-stop… it’s super cozy and comes in multiple color options (I have the grey, but thinking about the black too). I also love the knot front options that are out there, especially this tank and this long sleeve  version. These color block leggings are so cute, and I’ve recently pulled out my black slip-ons and am loving them all over again.

Comments

  1. Those pumpkin bars look incredible!

    Cheers,
    Stia, Jean and Katherine
    bishopandholland.com

  2. Amanda W. says:

    PERFECT timing on this post, my hair is falling out in clumps also as i am about 4 months postpartum. I know you’re breastfeeding, so I assume this is safe while nursing? I need to order some for sure!

    • Shannon Pulsifer says:

      I’m so glad this is coming at a good time for you! Yes, it is safe to use while breastfeeding. I consulted with my doctor and she confirmed. I hope it helps you too!!!

  3. Rachel says:

    I’ve been wanting to try this brand have you tried any of the other products? Love that you can incorporate it in so many ways!

    • Shannon Pulsifer says:

      Hi Rachel! It’s such a great product! Yes, I have tried the vanilla and chocolate collagen whey products. I typically avoid dairy, but these are really great. I love adding the vanilla to my favorite green smoothie and have even done a chocolate overnight oats. You won’t be disappointed.

  4. Same problem, I’m 7 months postpartum and it’s scary when I wash my hair! Great post ????

  5. This sounds like something I might need. Are you aware of any vegan collagen supplements?

    • Shannon Pulsifer says:

      Hi Tricia,
      I am not aware of any vegan collagen supplements. I am sorry I can’t help more,I only have experience with these!

  6. Have you tried cooking with these? Ie can they be put into egg whites before cooking and keep its effectiveness thank u!

    • Shannon Pulsifer says:

      Hi Katie- I haven’t tried them with egg whites, but I have put them in pumpkin muffins, and I do put it in the water I boil for my oatmeal. I imagine putting them in egg whites would be the same as boiling it in water. I hope that helps!

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