Healthy Hair Smoothie

February 26, 2015

Boost your morning routine with the delicious healthy hair smoothie.

INGREDIENTS 

APPLES

Apples are rich in antioxidant compounds called flavonoids that combat free radical damage and inflammation. They are the highest natural source of an unusual flavonoid called procyanidin B2 which studies suggest stimulates hair growth by activating the anagen (growth) cycle of your hair follicle and decreasing the dormant phase.

GRASS FED WHEY

Hair is made of keratin which is a protein. A good daily supply of amino acids from protein rich foods is not only important for maintaining muscles, it can have also have a big effect on the strength and quality of your hair.  Whey is a potentially great source of complete protein, but the quality can vary dramatically depending on how it is sourced and produced. Cheap whey, made from feedlot cattle milk and heavily heated, is a far inferior product to the organic grass fed whey.

AVOCADO

Avocados are particularly high in monounsaturated oleic acid that nourishes your hair follicles and helps to create shiny and resilient strands and prevent split ends. Using creamy avocado in your smoothie recipes also whips them up into a rich, fluffy and almost dessert mousse like consistency.

CUCUMBER

Cooling, hydrating and alkalizing, cucumber is great for your skin but also beneficial for hair growth due to its high levels of silica. This mineral is an important nutrient for hair formation, yet many people eating a processed food diet are deficient in it.

FLAXSEED MEAL

Flaxseed is the highest natural source of omega-3 alpha linolenic acid and a valuable superfood for better hair. Flaxseed oil can be used instead if you prefer, but ground flaxseeds add a satisfying nutty flavor to this smoothie recipe for hair and also make a great base for healthy homemade mueslis.

PARSLEY

Parsley is full of nutrition for both your hair and skin with high levels of vitamin K, beta-carotene and trace minerals like iron, zinc and copper, associated with preventing gray hairs. Research has also discovered that the flavonoid apigenin found in parsley stimulates hair growth.

COCONUT MILK

For a smoothie recipe like this where you are trying to increase healthy fats in your diet for beautiful hair my preferred ‘milk’ would be a half and half mixture of delicious coconut milk and water.

Other good options would be organic hemp milk or almond milk, coconut water, fermented kefir or unflavored bio live yogurt.

HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN HEALTHY HAIR SMOOTHIE

  • 1 apple, chopped into a size your blender can handle.
  • 30 grams of organic grass fed whey
  • Half an avocado.
  • Half a medium size cucumber, chopped.
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh organic flaxseed meal or 2 teaspoons of organic flaxseed oil
  • 2 branches of parsley, washed and with the stems chopped into half an inch or less.
  • Half coconut milk and half water or other healthy milk to half way up your blender jug.
  • Turn on the blender and blend it all up on high until the consistency looks good to you. Drink immediately for the best taste and most benefits for your hair.


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