by dailykongfidence

With December halfway over, it’s hard not to think of starting a new year and the resolutions I will make for 2017. I am quite certain that I am not alone in listing “getting healthy” as one of my resolutions. It seems that every year we all strive to better ourselves, but more importantly we want to be healthy whether that means exercising, cutting out sugar, reducing stress, or eating better.

There is an ongoing debate on which will give you better results – diet vs. exercise. I think a combination of both will yield optimal results, however, to be honest, these days I barely have time to get a consistent workout in. While I wish I had the time to hit the gym 3-4x a week, realistically it doesn’t happen. But what I can control and be consistent with is my diet and the foods I eat and what goes into my body.

I strive to eat balanced meals throughout the day and get my daily intake of fruits and vegetables, however, it is difficult to get everything I need just from meals alone. As a woman who is frightful of aging and losing collagen, I rely on my daily intake of collagen from Vital Proteins.

If you have been following me for a while, you know I am pretty much obsessed with Vital Proteins. I was first introduced to these products this past summer and have been using it daily ever since. I’ve done several blog posts on their products like the Beauty Greens and the Collagen Peptides, and I say this with complete and utter honesty, I would not be using or promoting these products if I did not truly believe in them or use them myself.

So when Vital Proteins released their newest flavored collagen product, Vanilla and Coconut Water Collagen Peptides, I was ecstatic. Who doesn’t love vanilla AND coconut water?! When I heard that this flavor was coming out, I immediately thought of my morning latte…forget Starbucks when I can make my own latte at home with a hint of coconut flavor and a smooth vanilla taste? SOLD!

Other than adding this collagen to my coffee, it is easily soluable in cold or hot liquids like all of their products making it simple to add to basically any food or drink on a regular basis. I don’t know about you, but for me the easier it is to use or add into anything, the more likely I will do it. Adding collagen to my diet is something I make an effort to do since my skin, hair, bones, nails, and joints benefit so much from it.

As part of my “get healthy” 2017 plans, I looked up a bunch of recipes that are not only healthy, but recipes I could add collagen to my meals to get the boost I need. Below are some of my favorite recipes that I wanted to share (for single serving unless stated otherwise):

Breakfast | Strawberry Cheesecake Overnight Oats
• 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
• 1/2 cup heaping rolled oats
• 2/3 cup unsweetened milk of choice
• 1 tablespoon chia seeds or ground flax meal
• 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
• Pinch of salt
• 0-2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
• 1/4 cup chopped fresh strawberries
• 3 tablespoons softened cream cheese
• Zest and juice of ½ lemon
• 1/2 scoop of Vanilla Coconut Water Collagen Peptides

Whisk together all the ingredients in a medium sized mixing bowl. Spoon into a mason jar and close the lid. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or preferably overnight before eating.

Drink | Peanut Butter & Coconut Smoothie
• 1 medium to large banana
• 1 apple, cored
• 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
• 1/2 cup almond milk
• 1/4 cup shredded coconut flakes
• 1 tablespoon chia seeds or ground flax meal
• 1 scoop of Vanilla Coconut Water Collagen Peptides

Blend all ingredients together until smooth. Add in collagen peptides and blend again. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

Snack | Coconut Energy Balls
• 1 cup old fashioned oats
• 1/2 cup peanut butter
• 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
• 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
• 1/2 cup toasted coconut flakes (toast first and set aside)
• 1/3 cup honey
• 1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional)
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 1 scoop of Vanilla Coconut Water Collagen Peptides
Mix all ingredients together, cover and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Remove mixture, roll into 1” balls and enjoy. Keep in an airtight container in the fridge for a week.

Dessert | Vegan Coconut Oil Banana Muffins
Yields 30 – 36 mini muffins, or 16-18 regular
• 1 to 1 1/4 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 3 small/medium or 2 large)
• 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
• 1 tablespoon baking powder
• 1 teaspoon cinnamon
• 1 teaspoon nutmeg
• 1 scoop of Vanilla Coconut Water Collagen Peptides
• pinch salt, optional and to taste
• 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
• 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
• 1/2 cup milk, slightly warmed (coconut, almond, soy, rice, cow’s, almond)
• 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
• 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
• about 1/3 cup granulated sugar, for dipping
• about 1 tablespoon cinnamon, for dipping

1. Preheat oven to 400F. Spray non-stick muffin pans with floured cooking spray, or grease and flour the pans. Set pans aside.
2. In a small bowl, mash the bananas; set aside.
3. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, nutmeg, collagen, optional salt, and stir to incorporate; set aside.
4. In a medium bowl, combine 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar, melted coconut oil (about 1 minute in the microwave), slightly warmed milk (about 20 seconds in the microwave – this prevents the cold milk from re-solidfying the coconut oil on contact), brown sugar, vanilla, and whisk to combine. Fold in the bananas.
5. Pour wet mixture over the dry, stirring until just incorporated. Make sure to get all the dry bits from the bottom of the bowl, but don’t overmix or muffins will be tough. Batter is quite thick and if yours is seemingly too thick, add a splash of milk to thin it.
6. Using a cooking sprayed one-tablespoon measure for a mini muffin pan or a sprayed one-quarter cup measure for a regular sized pan (or what is appropriate for your pan size). Fill the cavities between 2/3 and 3/4 full; don’t exceed 3/4 full.
7. Bake until done. A toothpick inserted in the center should come out clean or with a few moist crumbs, but no batter. Tops will be domed, springy to the touch, and will be on the paler side rather than golden. Done for me was about 9 minutes for mini, 15 minutes for regular sized. Baking times will vary widely based on size of pans used, how many pans you have in the oven at once, how moist your bananas were, and how many times you open the oven door to rotate pans. Watch your muffins, not the clock.
8. Allow muffins to cool in pan for about 10 minutes before carefully turning out onto wire racks to cool completely.
9. If desired, after they’re cool enough to handle, stir together about 1/3 cup granulated sugar and 1 tablespoon cinnamon, and dip the tops (or entire muffin) into it. I didn’t need to brush with melted coconut oil or (vegan) butter in order for the cinnamon-sugar to adhere.
10. Muffins will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 5 days or can be frozen for up to 3 months. They get softer and the flavor intensifies on the second and third day.

Adding collagen to your everyday meals can be easy and will become routine once you try it. I personally like to leave my Vital Proteins on the counter so that I can easily access them anytime I cook. Here are some additional recipes that can be found on the Vital Proteins blog. I hope you try the recipes with your collagen and let me know what you think!

Here are my favorite collagen products!

Thank you to Vital Proteins for sponsoring this post and helping me fight aging with collagen!

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Lady Goldapple December 12, 2016 - 3:59 pm

These are amazing tips to keep your skin healthy.
And the recipes look all so yummie especially the Vegan Coconut Oil Banana Muffins.
Going to make those, X Charissa

dailykongfidence December 13, 2016 - 4:53 pm

Thanks Charissa! All of these recipes are great and easy to make which I love. Adding that extra boost of collagen makes me feel better about eating these snacks too!

Hadasah Love | Style To Love December 12, 2016 - 4:49 pm

Hadasah |

dailykongfidence December 13, 2016 - 4:54 pm

Thanks Hadasah, hope you enjoyed the recipes!

Mariann Yip December 12, 2016 - 4:50 pm

I love overnight oats!! Breakfast is my favorite meal so I really enjoyed this post. I have also been looking into collagen protein since I’ve heard there’s many health benefits to it. Your pictures are amazing. Thanks for sharing 🙂

dailykongfidence December 13, 2016 - 4:55 pm

So do I Mariann! They’re so easy to make and you don’t have to worry about breakfast in the morning then. Collagen protein is so important for us and Vital Proteins makes so many different flavor options you can’t go wrong with any of them!

Miki December 12, 2016 - 5:00 pm

Yum. These recipes all look so good. I love how healthy, yet delicious they look. Your photos are amazing, too. The vital protein addition is such a great touch for good skin and beauty. I need to look into this. Thanks for sharing.


dailykongfidence December 13, 2016 - 4:56 pm

Thanks Miki. Yes, these definitely are healthier options especially when you have a sweet tooth like me. And adding that extra bit of collagen makes me feel even better about eating!

Bernice December 12, 2016 - 5:01 pm

All three recipes look so good and delicious! I want to try the coconut energy balls for myself xx

dailykongfidence December 13, 2016 - 4:56 pm

Thanks Bernice. I usually double the energy ball recipe because they go really quick!

Michelle December 12, 2016 - 5:10 pm

I personally think diet is more important but exercise is so important too. These recipes look amazing BTW!

dailykongfidence December 13, 2016 - 4:57 pm

Haha, that’s good for me since I can’t get myself to the gym consistently! =) Thanks Michelle!

Samantha Mariko December 12, 2016 - 7:01 pm

I love the photos you took along with the recipes! you’re so creative 🙂 I’d love to try some of these myself!

dailykongfidence December 13, 2016 - 4:58 pm

Thank you Samantha! Yes these recipes are my tried and true and I go to these almost every day!

francesca December 12, 2016 - 7:07 pm

You just made my mouth water!!! so good. the photos are great as well . So creative!!!
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dailykongfidence December 13, 2016 - 4:58 pm

They ARE good Francesca and good for you! =)

Gina Díaz December 12, 2016 - 8:04 pm

I love this post and all the recipes you have shared Christine. The products look very amazing and I would love to try them. Xx, Gina

dailykongfidence December 13, 2016 - 5:18 pm

Thank you Gina! The recipes are really yummy and easy to make!

Gracie December 12, 2016 - 9:35 pm

I just received these collagen peptides and now am even more excited to try them. Love these recipes you have posted they look amazing & the photography is amazing ! Great post all around !

dailykongfidence December 13, 2016 - 5:18 pm

Oh yay! You will love them Gracie and try making your own recipes with them and share them with me!

Jenn Hanft December 12, 2016 - 9:38 pm

I’ve heard so many good things about collagen and the benefits it has!! I seriously need to get some and try out all these yummy recipes. I can’t believe you can even put it into coffee! It’s great that the product is so versatile and can be added to almost anything! Thanks for sharing babe!

XO Jenn

dailykongfidence December 13, 2016 - 5:17 pm

Yes, collagen is SOOO good for you. You are still young, but it is never too early to start. You will just feel better about yourself and start seeing a difference in your skin and bones too!

Jenelle December 12, 2016 - 10:08 pm

You sure have been busy making these! I haven’t made anything in a while, I will aim to catch up again once I get through my end of year work load. Great ideas in here.
xx Jenelle

dailykongfidence December 13, 2016 - 5:16 pm

I was busy but the great thing is that these are things I eat all the time anyway so it was a great excuse to make all my favorites at one time! They have since been eaten up within a day!

Yasmin December 12, 2016 - 10:44 pm

All of this is making my mouth water! I totally want to try those energy balls and the vegan muffins for sure! I just got some bananas to make banana bread, but maybe I should go healthier and try these recipes instead.

xx Yasmin

dailykongfidence December 13, 2016 - 5:15 pm

The energy balls are so easy to make and I usually double the recipe because they are gobbled up so fast. The vegan muffins are made with coconut oil so there is that slight coconut taste which is so yummy with banana. The Vanilla and Coconut Water collagen also has the same flavor which makes it a perfect pairing for this recipe.

Atsuna Matsui December 12, 2016 - 11:25 pm

That’s so cool that you can incorporate the collagen peptides with these recipes. I’d love to try this when I cook meals at home. 🙂


dailykongfidence December 13, 2016 - 5:14 pm

Hi Atsuna! I always try to sneak in collagen peptides in whatever I make. Even in meals sometimes with marinades or sauce. =) The kiddos don’t know and the hubbie can’t even taste it.

Sharon Wu December 13, 2016 - 12:18 am

These desserts look so good and the best part is, they’re healthy! Love how you incorporated the collagen peptides to make these goodies. Will definitely have to share with the bf as he’s trying to adopt healthier habits for the new year without necessarily giving up his sweet treats haha xo, sharon

dailykongfidence December 13, 2016 - 5:13 pm

You know me, I have a major sweet tooth so these are perfect for me. Healthy and still sweet enough to satisfy my love of sweets. =)

marcy December 13, 2016 - 4:53 am

WOW babe all these sound and looks delicious for sure will start making some home recipes with all these ideas!!
Thanks for sharing always amazing content for us.

dailykongfidence December 13, 2016 - 5:12 pm

Thanks Marcy, I had so much fun making all these recipes and shooting them because they are snacks that I typically make and I love that I could share them.

Jo December 13, 2016 - 9:49 am

I love Vital Protein’s Vanilla and Coconut water collagen powder! It tastes soooo good. Thanks for these amazing sounding recipes. Can’t wait to give them a try!

xo, Jo

dailykongfidence December 13, 2016 - 5:10 pm

Isn’t it the best? I was hooked on the Beauty Greens and now I think this is my favorite flavor!

Linh Dao December 13, 2016 - 11:39 am

I cannot stay away from unhealthy food such as all the chocolate that I get during the holidays! I’ve made it a goal to stay away from so much sweets haha but these recipes look so good and definitely a healthier version of what I eat! Thanks for sharing this! I hope we all can keep up the healthy eating habits!

dailykongfidence December 13, 2016 - 5:00 pm

That’s totally me Linh! I am seriously a sweet tooth monster. But these are healthy and they still have sweetness to them so definitely try some of these out and add that extra boost of collagen!

Jessi Malay December 13, 2016 - 11:49 am

All of this looks so delicious and healthy babe!! I agree that a combination of diet and exercise is best, but lately with all my travels for work I barley have any time to hit the gym like I used to!! I never thought you could add collagen to your coffee lol!! I’m sure it’s much better than Starbucks I’ll have to look into these products!! Thanks for sharing <3

XO, Jessi

dailykongfidence December 13, 2016 - 5:01 pm

I feel you Jessi. It’s hard to get a consistent workout in so I try to make up for it by eating a little healthier. The added collagen really helps my skin too which is nice. Fighting aging is seriously on my mind these days!

Kusum December 13, 2016 - 12:48 pm

I have tried Collagen Peptides but never tried them in baking, these are some amazing ideas and I am going to soon give them a try! And wow, your photos of even the simplest recipes look so darn inviting babe, its awesome! And totally with you, a combination of diet and exercise is what is best for the body!
xx, Kusum |

dailykongfidence December 13, 2016 - 5:02 pm

I try to add them whenever I can to be honest Kusum. If I think it will taste okay or mix well with whatever food I am making, then I go for it!

Jasna December 13, 2016 - 2:34 pm

This is such an in depth post, I loved the recepies too I am so going to try them, but first I need that collagen pronto lol xx

dailykongfidence December 13, 2016 - 5:06 pm

Thank you Jasna, yes you HAVE to get the collagen! I use it in whatever I make and try to sneak it into everything.

Sofia December 13, 2016 - 3:17 pm

Im saving all of these recipes! the stuff you made looks so good and I need to try them.
Do you have any good chia pudding recipes?

dailykongfidence December 13, 2016 - 5:07 pm

Thanks Sofia! I haven’t tried making a chia pudding before, but now I am curious and will look up some recipes!

Rachel December 13, 2016 - 3:59 pm

Been seeing so many people talking about this, i need to jump on the band wagon soon.

xoxo, Rachel

dailykongfidence December 13, 2016 - 5:09 pm

They’re talking about it because it really is good and works (at least I feel like it does for me). I’ve seen the biggest difference in my skin and to me, it’s worth it then!

Lisa Linh December 13, 2016 - 7:06 pm

I need to try these recipes out. Such great shots babe!
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Jordan Chapman December 13, 2016 - 10:21 pm

So many recipes!! You’re really making me want to try collagen so I just may have to!!

Josie December 14, 2016 - 3:13 am

I’m loving this post because you actually show us how we can incorporate collagen in such simple and quick recipes! This is getting on my list to things to buy and try! Like you said i can have control on what I put in my body so I hope that I can at least boost my collagen that way!

Thanks for sharing these amazing recipes!

Bisous, Josie

emily December 14, 2016 - 8:04 am

I really need to add collagen to my diet, I’m certainly not getting any younger! You have done an amazing job with these recipes, they all sound so delicious!
x Emily

Jen December 14, 2016 - 8:50 am

I’ve never heard of collagen I have! And those coconut energy balls look amazing! I’m definitely a health freak so I need to look into this.I work out regularly but I also love food so I need to eat healthier.

alya December 14, 2016 - 9:42 am

Interesting read! May need to try some of these out…

moorizZLA xx

Stephanie December 14, 2016 - 9:58 am

Since I first read about this brand on your blog, I wondered about some of the other recipe ideas I could try. These all sound delicious, and while I’d have to substitute out some of the ingredients that I’m allergic to, it sounds like they’re really easy to make as well. I’m especially excited to test those muffins at some point. Thanks for sharing!

Stephanie //

camille December 14, 2016 - 2:26 pm

I’m kind of a TERRIBLE cook and always need help with new recipes, I’ll def need to try some of these out as they sound great!

Josipa December 15, 2016 - 11:47 am

I need to try these recipes!

dailykongfidence December 16, 2016 - 9:36 am

Yes you totally do. They are so yummy and healthy! Don’t forget to add that boost of collagen!

Candace December 15, 2016 - 1:31 pm

Ok, you’ve convinced me that I need to start looking into collagen. I’ve heard so much noise about it lately that it definitely intrigues me. Those muffins look yummy!

dailykongfidence December 16, 2016 - 12:52 pm

I don’t think it ever hurts to add collagen to your diet. It’s worth a try. =)

diana December 16, 2016 - 6:44 pm

I remember reading one of your post about collagen and I actually ordered, this post even better! Now I have idea what to do!

dailykongfidence December 16, 2016 - 9:20 pm

Oh yay! Collagen is so good for us especially women because we need it to fight aging. The recipes are easy and yummy so let me know what you think!

Darlene December 18, 2016 - 2:56 pm

I heard amazing things about collagen! your recipes looks so yum!

Cece Lam December 18, 2016 - 5:50 pm

this is actually super helpful bc I have terrible skin!! thanks for sharing <3

samira December 19, 2016 - 10:23 pm

this sounds so good! a lot of helpful tips, I need to try this! thanks for sharing!

xo, Samira

dailykongfidence December 20, 2016 - 10:19 am

You would love this Samira!

Yuena December 20, 2016 - 3:00 am

omgoshhh so now I know your secret. ^____^ No wonder you stay so fit! 😀 <3 I wish I had the ability to eat everything I still want to. 🙁 Gotta wait for this baby to come out to try some of these awesome yummy things. I love all things cheesecake so can't wait!!

With love, Yuena

dailykongfidence December 20, 2016 - 10:32 am

Awww, you are too sweet Yuena. Trust me, I have a major sweet tooth and I love food. It’s all about balance right?

Lauren Nakagawa January 1, 2017 - 2:08 pm

I’m really liking all the Vital Proteins currently, thanks for posting these recipes, I will definitely be trying some!


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dailykongfidence January 24, 2017 - 5:15 pm

They truly are yummy and healthy recipes!


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