Most brands (like us!) will offer an unflavored multi collagen powder option — meaning, you don't have to worry about any odd smells, tastes, or textures when trying to consume this super-food in drinks and food. Be sure to drool over our 50+ collagen powder recipes for inspiration and practical tips — we'll share some of these delicious recipes below.
When to take Collagen Powder
We often get asked:
When is the best time to take collagen powder?
Short answer: there's no scientific evidence proving there's an ideal time of the day. Whether it's in your morning coffee, at Noon, 2:44 pm, or right before bed — it's a wild guess until more research is discovered (unlike whey protein powder, where some studies claim that 30 minutes post-workout maximizes the controversial "anabolic window").
Long(er) answer: collagen is protein. And just like any other protein source, there can be certain advantages (e.g. managing blood sugar, weight loss, etc.) to taking protein during specific times of the day as you plan meals, snacks, workouts, & intermittent fasts (see Does Collagen Break a Fast?)
Taking Collagen at Night
Sleep. Who doesn't want better sleep? And does taking collagen at night have any merit? Maybe.
Collagen powder is loaded with amino acids — glycine in particular (our multi collagen protein comes with nearly 1,500 mg per scoop). Glycine enhances sleep. Does taking collagen powder at night help with sleep? Again, possibly. Just remember there's no concrete evidence (yet) to fully support that taking collagen at night is maximizing collagen's benefits. But, glycine is pretty awesome stuff and worthy of mentioning here.
Taking Collagen on an Empty Stomach
Since collagen powder is considered a supplement by the FDA, we do get this specific question:
Do I have to take collagen on an empty stomach?
The simple answer: No, your stomach doesn't need to be empty to take collagen. After all, if collagen is food (and it almost is), then your stomach won’t technically be empty after you take it.
The medical answer (from an M.D.): Collagen powder in partly digested (that’s why hydrolyzed means). It’s broken down from a very long string of amino acids into short little snippets, some of which can be absorbed without any further breaking down.
Here's more from our very own Dr. Cate:
Because collagen powder is partly digested, you don’t need to have your digestive enzymes ramped up to full capacity. However, some of the longer peptides still do need to be broken down further before your body will absorb them. I would think most people’s systems would be able to pull that off. If not, they might theoretically experience some kind of bloating, at worst. And if they do, then next time take it with something either acidic or salty to stimulate at least a little bit of activity from their digestive enzymes.Dr. Cate, M.D.
How to Mix Collagen Powder
Though collagen is a sticky protein (see What is Collagen?), collagen powder should dissolve fairly easily — just like any other protein powder.
You can mix collagen in a:
mug/cup + spoon
mug/cup + frother (hello collagen lattes!)
dough (breads, treats)
Note: If mixing your collagen powder in a cup/mug with a liquid and it's not hot enough, some clumping could occur (remember, collagen is a sticky protein). Either smush it to the side of your beverage container with a spoon and stir, or use a frother. The clump will be gone in 20-30 seconds.
12 simple ways you can take Collagen Powder effectively
Below are the various (and simple!) ways to get collagen protein powder into your body daily:
Add 1 scoop of collagen to your latte (whatever flavor it is!)
This is the beautiful thing about unflavored and odorless collagen powder (like ours!) — it's unnoticeable with any concocted latte! I mean, your body will know you're taking collagen but your taste buds won't!
Add 1 scoop of collagen to every cup of tea
Seeing a trend here? Hot liquids are a great vehicle to dissolve collagen protein powder.
Since global tea consumption is 3,000,000 tons a year — tea is a safe and reliable way for many people to take collagen powder.
Add 1-2 scoops of collagen to hot water and mix in a scoop of cocoa powder to make delicious (and healthy) hot chocolate!
Who says hot chocolate is just for the holidays?
After you mix everything, add in milk or half & half and sip till you smile from ear-to-ear.
Add 1-2 scoops of collagen to your whey protein shake after your workout
I'm telling you baby, you always double down...Vince Vaughn's character in Swingers
Can you mix collagen with protein powder? Absolutely!
Adding collagen powder to your whey protein shake after a hard workout might be the best gift you can give your body for recovery. That's right, add two different scoops of two different protein sources to your post-workout shake! Just throw in a scoop, and shake away.
Collagen mixes well with any other protein powder such as whey, casein, plant-based protein (e.g. soy, pea, hemp) — they absolutely can be taken together (it's the new PB&J). Remember though, if your other protein powder has a flavor (e.g. vanilla whey, chocolate casein), be sure to use an unflavored collagen powder so you're not mixing flavors (eww).
Did we mention our collagen powder is unflavored? 🙂
Add 1-3 scoops of collagen to any baking mix
Baking a great way to take collagen! (and did we mention, delicious??)
We'd recommend Simple Mills brand mix to make these collagen-infused baked goods:
Just add scoops of collagen to the base mixture of all these dishes.
This is also a great way to get your kids consuming collagen! Yes, collagen is for kids, too. Ensure these treats are gluten-free (our multi collagen powder is gluten-free, so you're covered) and low in total carbohydrate content.
The easy and obvious way to take collagen peptides powder, but it's still very effective! Use it as an alternative to your regular protein powder (e.g. whey)
CB Supplements' all in one multi collagen is unflavored and mixes well with any combination of fruits, vegetables, and any other ingredients you may throw into your daily smoothie. Side note, this is another great way to get your kids eating collagen!
Collagen powder will add a creamy texture to any smoothie, so use that to your advantage when planning ingredients.
But, don't be afraid to throw in a scoop while they're still runny and being cooked in the pan. Collagen powder mixes nicely and you boost this already amazingly nutrient-dense food with even more nutrients.
As you've discovered above, you have many options. 🙂
This "what is best?" debate is really specific and unique to each person. Once collagen gets inside your body, it'll be handled the same way regardless if you've sipped on collagen coffee or crushed nibbled a collagen cookie.
So, this is simply personal preference — drink it or eat it, really.
Best Way to Drink Collagen Powder
I'm sold on consuming collagen via liquids, so what's the best way to drink collagen powder?
So you're a liquids kind of guy/gal — fair enough.
We've mentioned a handful of ways of drinking collagen above. If these options resonated most with you, then drinking your collagen might be the best option for you. Certainly put your collagen powder in:
Smoothies & Shakes (Doesn't get much easier than dropping in a scoop & blending!)
Coffee/Tea/Latte (Use your morning coffee or afternoon tea as an opportunity for a scoop)
Orange Juice (or, really any juice!)
Best Way to Eat Collagen Powder
Oh yeah. It's the best part. It's crunchy, it's explosive, it's where the muffin breaks free of the pan and sort of does it's own thing. That's a million dollar idea right there. Just sell the tops.Elaine, in "The Muffin Tops" Seinfeld episode
Maybe muffins are your thing, and that's OK.
If you're not into drinking your collagen powder, try these alternative ways to EAT your 2-3 scoops a day:
Baked goods (Give in to your sweet tooth knowing you're gaining something back with collagen!)
Pasta/Rice (Boost those simple carbs with some nutrition)
Diversify how you take Collagen Powder
We're hoping you're coming to the conclusion that there isn't really a "best" way to take collagen powder. You choose the vehicle (food, liquid) and the timing (morning, afternoon, night, etc.)
With that said, here's the key: Diversity.
If you're taking 2-3 scoops a day (which is what we recommend), then you'll probably need a few different ways to ensure you're hitting your awesome collagen powder quota — diversity will help you be consistent with your collagen consumption.
If you enjoy taking your collagen powder, you'll probably continue to take it!Captain Obvious