15+ Anti-Aging Foods and Collagen-Friendly Recipes for the 40s and Beyond

Why eating more collagen helps with aging

You’ve probably seen a lot of advertising for collagen peptides or bone broth collagen scattered throughout your social feeds. And there’s a reason for the collagen spotlight right now:

Collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies. It’s what’s found in our skin, digestive system, bones, blood vessels, muscles, and tendons.

Think of it as the glue that holds these things together. And naturally, as we age, our production of collagen slows (hello, wrinkles and weak muscles!).

How to meet your body’s needs

Our bodies and dietary needs change as we age, especially as we reach our 40s.

On top of that, people become less active. This slows metabolism and energy levels. It’s why you’ll notice many older adults consuming smaller meals and opting out of snacking. Your nutrition needs will also definitely change too. Consuming foods high in protein will provide your body with the amino acids needed to make more protein.

Making sure you’re eating right from the beginning may help ease any age-related transitions.

Nutrients and vitamins to consider eating more of are:

  • Vitamin C. Found in foods such as citrus fruits, kiwi, and pineapple.
  • Found in foods such as organ meats, cocoa powder, and portabella mushrooms.
  • Found in foods such as gelatin, chicken skin, and pork skin.
  • Found in foods such as oysters, beef, and crab.

Luckily, there are plenty sources of collagen out there too, as well as antioxidant-rich foods to help boost your intake so your body stays in tip-top shape.

Follow our shopping list and recipes to get a feel for what it’s like to be eating an anti-aging diet. We promise it’s delicious.

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4 collagen-rich meals to support your body

We specifically created these healthy, antioxidant-boosting meals to help support your body’s natural production of collagen. These meals take about 40 minutes each to prepare and are perfect for people looking to meal prep. To have enough for the week, we recommend doubling the serving sizes.

For the full recipes, including step-by-step photos, download our guide.

Quinoa bowl with lemon vinaigrette

Salmon is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are great for bone and joint health as well as brain function. Pair that with a scoop of collagen peptides and some collagen-boosting ingredients — such as lemon, sweet potato, kale, and avocado — and you’ve got yourself a great anti-aging meal!

Serves: 2

Time: 40 minutes

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 Sweet potato tacos with spicy avocado dressing

Chicken is packed full of protein, which is essential for the health of our bodies. With the dressing already containing a scoop of collagen peptides, the sweet potatoes, onion, avocado, and lime will make this meal a true anti-aging friend.

This is also a great meal to prep ahead of time, especially if you live that on-the-go lifestyle.

Low-carb option: For the low, low-carb option, you can nix the tortilla and add some leafy greens to make it a gut-friendly salad.

Serves: 2

Time: 40 minutes

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 Kale Caesar salad with chicken

In most Caesar salads, you’ll see romaine as the base. We took a twist and packed our Caesar salad with more nutrient-dense leafy greens, like kale and spinach. We also refined the traditional Caesar dressing, which is usually filled with additives, to keep it as healthy as possible.

Pro tip: If you’re not feeling bread but still want some crunch, add some nuts or seeds. Or fry up some chickpeas!

Serves: 2

Time: 45 minutes

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 Sweet potato nice cream

Craving sweet potato pie but don’t have the time to make it? We get it — pie crust alone can be a hassle. Insert sweet potato nice cream: Your craving in ice cream form, sure to satisfy all your needs while also adding (and boosting) collagen dosage.

It serves two, but we’re sure you’ll want to at least triple this recipe.

Serves: 2

Time: 5 minutes

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 What a collagen-friendly basket looks like

Incorporate these anti-aging, collagen-boosting foods into your diet and feel your body get stronger. Our easy, go-to shopping list is based off how well they’ll support your body. You can’t go wrong with this.

These ingredients were selected in mind for flexibility, affordability, and ease — meaning if you want to whip up your own nutritious, anti-aging, collagen-boosting recipes, you can.

Produce

Ingredients

Proteins

Ingredients

Dairy

Ingredients

Pantry staples

Ingredients

  • quinoa
  • red wine vinaigrette
  • black beans
  • almond butter
  • cocoa powder
  • vanilla extract
  • anchovy paste
  • Dijon mustard
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • sprouted whole-grain bread
  • tortillas
  • collagen peptides

Spices and oils

  • salt
  • pepper
  • cumin
  • smoked paprika
  • chili powder
  • cinnamon
  • olive oil

Signs your body may need more collagen

You may notice these signs and symptoms if your body is low on collagen. Some of the symptoms you may experience are:

To combat these symptoms…

…or minimize them, stop with the sugar and refined carbs and start adding more collagen and collagen-boosting foods to your daily diet. This is why we’ve created this anti-aging shopping guide.

While you definitely don’t need to “feel older” in order to try this diet, research shows physical signs of aging (like wrinkles and muscle loss) start appearing when you turn 40. But you don’t need to be 40 to start eating more collagen-friendly, antioxidant-rich foods.

Update your pantry with more collagen eats

So, you’ve got your collagen peptides and collagen protein. You’ve made these recipes, but you’re still wanting more to vary up the rest of your week. Here are some other ingredients you can add to your shopping list:

  • berries
  • butternut squash
  • tomatoes
  • avocado
  • Brussels sprouts
  • eggplant
  • asparagus
  • legumes

Some spices to add include:

  • turmeric
  • ginger
  • green tea
  • superfoods like maca, spirulina, and acai

By incorporating these nutrients and vitamins alongside increasing your collagen intake and collagen-boosting foods, you’re sure to help your body age as gracefully as possible.

The above article is courtesy of My EZ Health Guide and is intended for informational purposes only.

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16 Comments
  • Deepika
    Posted at 06:51h, 09 July

    Hey, you have written such an excellent article and I will try this for younger skin.

  • American Kingdom
    Posted at 06:49h, 09 July

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  • The heaven beauty
    Posted at 16:44h, 04 July

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  • Darlene
    Posted at 14:30h, 25 August

    Great info!

  • Deborah Hardesty
    Posted at 13:56h, 25 August

    Good to know

  • Lisa bennett
    Posted at 10:09h, 22 August

    Adding items to my shopping cart. Thanks.

  • myrna
    Posted at 01:13h, 22 August

    Great information here thanks

  • Jonathan Upholz
    Posted at 21:45h, 21 August

    Great Information

  • Beth Fogleman
    Posted at 18:27h, 21 August

    No wonder I like avocados, they’re good for me. And I fill the hole with salsa to increase the healthy goodness and taste, yum!

  • Laurie
    Posted at 18:25h, 21 August

    Great info! Thanks

  • chris drennen
    Posted at 16:49h, 21 August

    Good facts

  • Kelly Wright
    Posted at 16:39h, 21 August

    ♥️

  • Katherine Adkins
    Posted at 16:29h, 21 August

    Good article

  • Deborah Hardesty
    Posted at 16:28h, 21 August

    Great info. Thanks!

  • Susan Pourier
    Posted at 16:27h, 21 August

    Very very interesting…going to change my diet just a bit….small steps.

  • Brandi Moran
    Posted at 16:20h, 21 August

    Definitely trying this