Want more youthful skin? Collagen is the protein in our bodies that’s responsible for supple skin and elasticity. Unfortunately, it’s something we naturally make less of as we age. So many of us try to ward off wrinkles with an abundance of creams and serums, which can get expensive.
How about looking to the kitchen instead? There are so many foods that are either naturally rich in collagen or help aid your body in producing more. Incorporate them into your diet and you get youthful skin without having to splurge on pricey eye creams. Here are 7 easy, collagen-rich breakfast recipes to try.
All beans and legumes are filled with great vitamins and minerals but chickpeas are extra-special because they contain both vitamin C and zinc — both of which boost collage production.
Bone broth is one of the best sources of collagen. Admittedly, it’s not a common addition in smoothie bowls, but you can’t taste it at all in this recipe — and you’ll still get all the nutrients.
Eggs yolks contain collagen and egg whites contain amino acids that help make collagen — so don’t skip out on either. These packable egg muffins also contain broccoli, which is packed with vitamin C. And, as we know, vitamin C helps with collagen production.
It’s no secret that citrus fruits of all kinds are loaded with vitamin C, so it’s definitely a good idea to top your bowl of yogurt or oatmeal with your favorite citrus fruit. This is a simple recipe that can be adjusted depending on what you can find at the store.
Mushrooms are full of the mineral zinc, which helps boost collagen production. Here sautéed and seasoned mushrooms help bulk up avocado toast and make it practically meaty.
This cozy recipe features two foods naturally rich in collagen — bone broth and eggs. To make the soup easy to assemble on busy mornings, prepare the broth ahead of time, then just warm it in the microwave or on the stovetop while you cook the eggs.
Hearty, leafy greens like spinach, kale, and Swiss chard are also rich in vitamin C. In addition, they contain plenty of the pigment Chlorophyll (the reason they’re green), which may increase the amount of procallagen, the precursor to collagen.