3 Smoothie Recipes for Beautiful Hair

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Smoothies have been a breakfast of choice for many for some time now. The benefits of these beverages are that you can load up on multiple nutrients in one batch and get a good amount of water into your system. We all are aware of the importance of veggie/fruit nutrients and water for a healthy body, but consuming these can be a real boost for your hair and skin.

In this article, we will provide 3 recipes that are not only tasty but beneficial to your skin and hair…

1. Very Berry Smoothie

The secret is the in antioxidant-packed berries. Blueberries, cranberries, strawberries, and blackberries are all packed with more antioxidants than most other foods. Phytonutrients, which make up much of this antioxidant capacity, can provide a level of dietary UV protection[1] for the skin and scalp. Antioxidants may also play an important role in cell repair (from damage due to oxidative stress), which translates into rejuvenated skin and healthy follicles.

Ingredients:
1/2 cup of organic strawberries
1/2 cup of organic blueberries
a few organic blackberries (optional)
1-1 1/2 cup of distilled water (depending on desired consistency)
1 cup of 100% pure cranberry juice (with no added sugar)
4 ice cubes

*You can use less cranberry juice and more water or use actual cranberries in place of the juice.

Instructions:
Blend and voila!

2. Almond Kale Smoothie

The secret is the in the nutrition-packed kale. This leafy vegetable is loaded with vitamin A (206% DV per cup) and vitamin C (134% DV per cup), which may improve hair growth and scalp circulation, respectively. Vitamin C also helps the body to produce collagen[2], which forms our skin, as well as absorb iron, which is an important nutrient for the hair.  The bananas add more of this vitamin and other nutrients to the mix, while the peanut butter gives you extra protein, a building block for our strands.

Ingredients:
1-1 1/2 cup almond milk (plain or vanilla)
1 banana
1 tablespoon natural peanut butter
3 ice cubes
2-3 kale leaves (use 4 or 5 if you’re brave enough)
blueberries (optional)

Instructions:
Add all ingredients to the blender and blend until smooth.

3. Sweet Potato Smoothie

The secret is the in the large vitamin A content of sweet potato.  These bright orange tubers are full of vitamin A – 231% per 60 g (i.e., a small sweet potato) – which is more than that in either carrots or kale.  Vitamin A is reported to “improve the scalp skin condition and promote hair growth, in terms of the keratinization of skin and hair[3].”    It also contributes to healthy, radiant skin. Toss in one scoop of protein powder for extra protein. (CAUTION: Please consult your physician before taking higher doses of vitamin A.) 

Ingredients:
1 cup banana
1 small sweet potato (cooked)
2 cups almond milk (or more for desired consistency)
4 ice cubes
1 scoop protein powder (optional)

Instructions:
Just blend the ingredients together and you’re done!

REFERENCES
[1] Evans JA, Johnson EJ. “The role of phytonutrients in skin health.” Nutrients. 2010 Aug;2(8):903-28.
[2] University of Maryland Medical Center Complementary and Alternative Medicine Guide
[3] Yoo HG, Chang IY, Pyo HK, Kang YJ, et al. “The additive effects of minoxidil and retinol on human hair growth in vitro.” Biol Pharm Bull. 2007 Jan;30(1):21-6.
[4] Nutritiondata.com

 Do you have smoothie blends that you love and swear by for healthy hair and skin?

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