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How To Use Collagen Powder (+ 12 Collagen Recipes To Get You Started)

Written by Liz Brown

We are answering all of your questions about how to use collagen, how much to take, and sharing some of the most popular recipes!

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If you’ve heard about the health benefits of collagen powder or have done your own research on the subject, you know that adding it to your daily routine is a no-brainer. It’s one of the most versatile health and beauty supplements on the market right now and can help you go from feeling like the Wicked Witch of the West to Glinda the Good Witch with no pain, and no downtime. 👸🏼

In fact, a healthy supply of collagen can actually reveal younger-looking skin, healthier hair and nails, stronger joints, bones, and muscles, and even help with gut health and weight loss! It’s basically the unicorn of all supplements because, as you can see, it transforms your health and body in more ways than most health and wellness products combined! 🦄

And if you’re here now, chances are you’re ready to add collagen to your daily routine and wondering how to use collagen powder in your everyday life along with the best ways to take collagen. Well, I’m pleased to report that all of your major questions and concerns on how to take collagen effectively will be answered, including:


how to use collagen

How Much Collagen Should I Take Daily?

Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body and found nearly everywhere—in your blood vessels, your skin, your hair, your bones, and even the lining of your gut. And guess what… because it’s a natural substance, taking collagen on a daily basis is completely safe especially if you make it a priority to use high-quality collagen, like SkinnyFit Super Youth.

SkinnyFit Super Youth is all-natural, gluten-free, non-GMO, and contains five different types of collagen (types I, II, III, V, and X) that come from four unique sources. Each scoop of Super Youth contains bovine collagen (from grass-fed, pasture-raised cows), fowl collagen (from cage-free chickens), marine collagen (from wild-caught fish), and eggshell membrane (from cage-free chickens).

But if you’re asking yourself “how much collagen should I take per day?”, here are some general guidelines to help you determine the right amount for you and your goals:

For Reference:

  • SkinnyFit Super Youth Collagen
  • Serving Size: 1 Scoop (8.9g)
  • Suggested Use: Adults mix 1 heaping scoop 2-3 times daily with 8 oz of your favorite beverage or recipe.

For General Health

5g-10g Daily—for general health, it’s recommended that you take a minimum of 5g-10g of collagen per day (or 1 heaping scoop of SkinnyFit Super Youth).

For Healthy Skin, Hair, Nails, Gut, and Weight Loss

11g-20g Daily—this is a good starting range for people who want to lose weight and increase their energy. Taking 11g-20g of collagen per day (or 2 scoops of Super Youth) can also reduce inflammation, strengthen the lining of your intestines to prevent leaky gut, improve your digestive system, and allow you to visibly see improvements in your skin, hair, and nails.

For Bones, Joints, Muscles, Healing

21g-30g Daily—if you want to reduce joint pain, improve mobility, build muscle, and heal your body, it’s important to replenish your cells with 21g-30g of collagen per day (about 2-3 scoops of Super Youth).

how much collagen should I take?

When To Take Collagen?

Another question that seems to pop up along with “how to use collagen powder” is “when to take collagen” and whether taking collagen in the morning vs. night is most effective.

So, when is the best time to take collagen? According to experts, there is no “best time to take collagen” and you can take it any time that works best for you. 😱 As long as you’re getting your daily dose of collagen, taking collagen in the morning vs. night doesn’t affect your results.

What Are The Best Ways To Take Collagen?

So far, we know how much collagen to take and when to take it, but what are the best ways to take collagen in general? Is collagen better in hot or cold liquid? Is it okay to use in water? What about smoothies, soups, and coffee?

These are all very valid questions because if you don’t enjoy how you’re taking your collagen, you’re less likely to make it a daily habit. Here are some general guidelines to help you find the best ways to take collagen for your lifestyle:

  • Do NOT mix unflavored collagen with water. Although Super Youth unflavored collagen can be mixed with any hot or cold beverage, we highly recommended that you don’t mix unflavored collagen with water. It’s also helpful to note that most collagen tends to dissolve more easily when mixed into hot beverages vs cold. If you want to go the cold drink route, blend collagen into a delicious smoothie!
  • Collagen takes on the taste of whatever you mix it with, so for maximum enjoyment, mix it into your favorite drinks or foods like coffee, smoothies, soup, or even salad dressing!
  • SkinnyFit Super Youth collagen also comes in a variety of flavors. So, if you’re looking for a grab-and-go option, simply mix one of the flavored collagens with water and you’re good to go! Super Youth comes in a delicious Chocolate Cake flavor, Tropical Punch, and Peach Mango!

Are you looking for more interesting ways to take your collagen? We have compiled a list of some of our favorite ways to add unflavored Super Youth collagen into your daily routine!

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12 Simple Collagen Recipes

As mentioned before, you can mix unflavored collagen powder with just about anything (except water). We’ve broken down our favorite collagen powder recipes into five different categories to show you just how many ways you can use your collagen:

Collagen Smoothie Recipes

Piña Colada Smoothie

 pina colada collagen smoothie

If you love piña coladas but hate all the excess calories and sugar that comes along with them, you will love this healthy piña colada smoothie recipe (without the booze!). With every sip, you’ll feel the imaginary island breeze in your hair. Can you say luxury? 👸🏼

Click here to get the full piña colada smoothie recipe.

Banana Berry Smoothie

banana berry smoothie

Say goodbye to your foggy morning brain with this delicious banana berry smoothie recipe! The superfoods found in this smoothie boost your memory and focus to help you feel awake and energized.

Click here for the full banana berry smoothie recipe.

Collagen Coffee Recipes

Bulletproof Coffee

bulletproof collagen coffee recipe

Does your morning routine need a pick-me-up? Fight through the morning “foggy brain” with this bulletproof collagen coffee recipe. Increase energy, focus, and accelerate fat loss! This caffeinated concoction is backed by science and has everyone buzzing… literally.

Click here for the full bulletproof coffee recipe.

 Cinnamon Coconut Latte

gut healing cinnamon coconut latte recipe

Looking for a healthy DIY latte? You’ll love sipping this Keto-friendly, dairy-free cinnamon coconut latte in the comfort of your own home. Whip it up in less than 10 minutes for amazing gut-healing benefits.

Click here for the full cinnamon coconut latte recipe.

Collagen Breakfast Recipes

Overnight Oats

overnight oats recipe

If you’re in desperate need of a super-delicious, nutrient-packed breakfast that will put a halt to your rushed and chaotic mornings, this high-protein overnight oats recipe will not only save you time, calories, and energy, but will actually have you looking and feeling better than ever!

Click here for the full overnight oats recipe.

Breakfast Frittata Muffins (4 Ways!)

breakfast frittata muffins 4 ways

Do you ever have mornings that are SO busy, eating breakfast isn’t even an option? Never fear! These delicious and convenient breakfast frittata recipes are here to save your mornings and your tummy!

Click here for the full breakfast frittata muffins recipe.

Snack Recipes With Collagen

Carrot Cake Energy Bites

no-bake carrot cake energy bites

These 4-ingredient, no-bake, healthy carrot cake energy bites have no unnecessary calories or added sugar, and are packed with healthy nutrients, protein, and collagen—making this the most delicious and simple protein cake bites you’ll ever have! As an added bonus, we’ve even included four additional energy-bite recipes using the same base recipe!

Click here for the full carrot cake energy bites recipe.

Pumpkin Pie Parfait

pumpkin pie parfait recipe

If you love pumpkin pie and whipped cream you’ll be head over heels for this delicious and simple light pumpkin pie parfait recipe! Same great taste but with half the calories!

Click here for the full pumpkin pie parfait recipe.

Healthy Desserts With Collagen

Healthy Ice Cream/Sorbet

 healthy ice cream recipe

Hold the phones, people! This deliciously creamy and healthy ice cream recipe is only 3-ingredients and completely guilt-free! (I’m not kidding!) You will be absolutely shocked when you discover our secret ingredient!

Click here for the full healthy ice cream recipe.

Flourless Mug Cake

flourless mug cake recipe

Have you ever wanted a sweet treat for yourself without the temptation of leftovers? Now you can have your cake and eat it too (literally) with this healthy flourless mug cake! It’s perfectly portioned and ready in just 10-minutes!

Click here for the full flourless mug cake recipe.

Lunch/Dinner Recipes With Collagen

Keto Cauliflower Pizza Crust

keto cauliflower pizza crust recipe

Looking for a healthy pizza recipe you won’t feel guilty about eating? This keto cauliflower pizza crust recipe is low-carb, gluten-free, grain-free, and the entire pizza is under 475 calories! Yes, I’m serious. #becausepizzaislife🍕

Click here for the full cauliflower pizza crust recipe.

High-Protein Sweet Potato Turkey Chili

sweet potato turkey chili recipe

Chili is the ultimate comfort food! This recipe is a perfect meal for the entire family to enjoy or even a great meal prep option for quick lunches!

Click here for the full chili recipe.

About The Author

Liz Brown

Fitness & Nutrition Expert (CPT., FNS.)

Liz is a health & wellness expert, writer, and editor with over a decade of experience in the fitness & nutrition industry. She emphasizes research and simplifies complex topics to help make healthy living simple and sustainable. When she isn't researching and writing, she's sharing delicious recipes, easy DIYs, and home decor tips on her blog and social media.

More from Liz, visit: Personal Blog, TikTok, Instagram


  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer(since 2012)
  • NASM Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist (since 2014)
  • Credentialed Coach Practitioner, Coach Training Academy
  • B.A. Liberal Studies (Health & Nutrition Sciences)
  • A.A. Liberal Arts (STEM)

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