A healthier and gluten-free version of a traditional Christmas favorite! These Healthy Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cookies are made with Vital Proteins Gingerbread Collagen Creamer for a little boost of protein. In addition, the creamer provides energy-boosting MCTs for a healthy twist of a holiday classic. But most importantly, it gives these little cookies that classic gingerbread flavor!

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With Christmas right around the corner and my Christmas shopping officially done (hallelujah!!), I was in the mood for some celebratory holiday baking today. But I wasn’t in the mood to eat half the sugar cookie dough (I like to think of it as quality control), make a huge mess with icing, and end up with a big sugar-overload tummyache ūüôĀ

So instead I made these Healthy Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cookies. They’re made with¬†Vital Proteins Gingerbread Collagen Creamer for that gingerbread flavor and pure maple syrup for a naturally sweetened lightened up holiday favorite.

Collagen Creamers

Besides the Gingerbread Collagen Creamer Vital Proteins has several other Collagen Creamer flavors too! Vanilla, Coconut, and my personal favorite, Mocha!

Collagen Creamers are a delicious addition to your morning cup of coffee for a little extra protein! They contain energy-enhancing MCTs from the organic coconut milk, plus 10 grams of collagen peptides sourced from grass-fed, pasture-raised bovine. Furthermore, the creamers are free of dairy, soy, carrageenan, gluten, artificial sweeteners, and added sugars!

Benefits of Collagen

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and a key component of connective tissues. Consuming collagen ensures elasticity and regeneration of skin, hair, bones, joints, and tendons. Collagen has many benefits, for instance, supporting proper nutrition for performance and healthy skin.

Supports athletic performance

Collagen peptides are made up of the amino acids glycine, proline, hydroxyproline, and arginine. Supplying the body with these amino acids stimulates fibroblasts and osteoblasts to build new collagen. As a result, supplementing with collagen peptides helps prevent degradation of connective tissue from exercise-induced stress and reduces the risk of injuries to muscles, tendons, and ligaments.

Collagen peptides can be consumed before and after exercise to help maintain and restore the protein in muscles. In addition, collagen peptides taken before exercise may aid in the synthesis of creatine in the body, which can help improve performance, helping to build muscle mass and reduce body fat.

Supports Healthy Skin

More than 90% of collagen peptides are digested and quickly absorbed to improve the moisture content of the epidermal layer of skin and prevent skin aging. In other words, collagen peptides supplementation promotes younger looking skin, prevents the formation of deep wrinkles, and improves skin smoothness.