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Chocolate Muscle Building Smoothie with Collagen

Updated: May 21, 2023

by Emma Mattison – NASM, CPT, CNC and Functional Aging Specialist

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"Delicious, healthy, muscle building AND good for your tendon and ligament health!"

As a sweet tooth and former emotional eater, I've had my fair share of smoothies and shakes. I used to live on a Starbucks frappuccino a day (or two...) running at 630 Calories (or MORE) of mostly sugar. After committing to my own health, and becoming a certified nutrition coach, I've developed an excellent workout recovery and breakfast smoothie that:

  1. Satisfies the sweet-tooth.

  2. Provides valuable nutrients such as healthy fats and proteins for muscle repair.

  3. Helps tendon and ligament health with an appropriate dose of collagen.

  4. Keeps Calories under 400 kcals per serving (serving size about 12-16 oz)

  5. Only has 6 grams of total sugars! (6 grams net carbs)

So when it came to prevailing against my emotional eating and fitting in my healthy dosage of protein and fiber, I think it's safe to say I found a winner with this smoothie. There is some hot debate about the usage of collagen, and I'll just say this: collagen has research to support that its supplementation can help with tendon, ligament, skin, hair, and nail health. However, it will NOT help with muscle growth. That's why I use a blend of two different delicious supplements. I'll attach links to the specific proteins and collagen I use, as the brand definitely does make a difference.

Here's the recipe below! Enjoy!



  1. Add ice and nut butter to blender, and optional ingredients listed.

  2. Fill with enough water to cover ice & nut butter, then add protein powder.

  3. No need for sweetener, but if using a bland protein powder, add two teaspoons maple syrup or a dash of stevia.

  4. Blend. Enjoy with a banana if desired and/ or tablespoon of granola.

Nutrition Facts


​351 kcal


​47 g


13 g


13 g


7 g


592 mg


6 g


1 (12-16 oz)

This makes for an excellent dessert, or a great snack! Remember, muscle building happens even up to 72 hours after focused strength training. So don't feel that you need to cram all your protein in 30 min after exercise! Enjoy these muscle building and tendon healing smoothies even on your rest days 🤗


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About the Author

Hi! I'm Emma Mattison. I'm a NASM certified personal trainer, nutrition coach, stretch & flexibility coach, pranayama breathwork guide, holistic nerd, and lover of birds & music! I specialize in functional fitness for older adults, and those with conditions such as fibromyalgia, arthritis, and multiple sclerosis. Scientific literature is fun to me, and my goal is to make it understandable and fun for you!

I am driven to share knowledge I find fascinating & transformative with my clients, and the world. Everyone has the power to take their health into their own hands!

My love for fitness and true discovery of health started with helping my best friend – who I can now call my husband! Today, I couldn't do any of this as smoothly and enjoyably as I do now without him! Check out our YouTube, MyZeniverse! He literally edits and films everything. He's editing the next YouTube video next to me right now, as we speak! Check it out, and give it a like if it's helpful! 😊😊


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