We discussed in the last article the amazing benefits of supplementing with collagen. Supplementing with collagen is a simple way to ensure that your body is getting enough of this powerhouse to heal leaky gut, improve skin health, reduce joint inflammation, improve heart, and liver health…..and the list goes on (read your last article if you haven’t already). In addition to supplementation, however, including foods that help in the formation of collagen inside of the body is a fantastic way to maximize this protein inside of our bodies. Read through the list below to find out simple ways to make the post of the super nutrient.
Cabbage – This versatile vegetable is rich in phytonutrients and antioxidants like lutein zeaxanthin, isothiocynates and sulforaphane. These nutrients help to boost skin’s elasticity and hydration. Check out these wonderful Heart In Motion recipes that include cabbage: Cabbage Recipes
Omega 3 Rich Foods – Wild caught salmon, avocado oil, avocados, walnuts, flax oil, and flax seeds are all foods that are rich in omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3 fatty acids help to increase the body’s natural collagen production and help in the repair of free radical damage. Food sources are always the best as you can identify the source. Supplements are great if you cannot eat these types of foods. Check out these Heart In Motion recipes that include omega 3 containing foods:
- Brown sugar dijon salmon
- Cranberry balsamic brussel sprouts
- Roasted cabbage with balsamic walnut glaze
- Spice rubbed salmon with maple glaze
- Citris salmon with balsamic vinegar
Red Vegetables and Fruit – Red beets, strawberries, red peppers, and cherries are a great source of the nutrient lycopene. This nutrient helps with collagen production as well as helps to prevent DNA damage. Check out these wonderful Heart In Motion recipes that include red peppers. There are more. I just picked a few of my favorites.
- Sweet red pepper green beans
- Riced cauliflower stuffed peppers
- Crock pot stuffed pepper chili
- Creamy beef stew with peppers
- Spinach artichoke breakfast casserole
Carrots – Carrots get a bad rap for being one of the higher glycemic vegetables, but eaten in moderation, they are a wonderful source of vitamins and fiber. Carrots are a rich source of vitamin A which assists in the production of collagen. Vitamin A helps to thicken the dermis and improve blood flow to the skin’s surface. Check out these wonderful Heart In Motion recipes that include carrots: Carrot Recipes
Turkey – Turkey is a rich source of carnosine. Carnosine helps to rejuvenate skin and promote elasticity. Check out these wonderful Heart In Motion Recipes that include turkey:
- Turkey recipes
- Turkey spinach meatballs
- Turkey breasts with cremini mushrooms and madiera
- Dijon feta turkey burgers
STEP(S) FOR THIS WEEK:
- As you can see, there are many yummy ways to include collagen boosting nutrients in your everyday. In addition to supplementing with collagen, try some of these recipes this week. Your taste buds and your body will thank you!