Muslimah Foodie | Healthy Hair Smoothie
This is another guest post from the amazing Jane from AJ Hairport. Last time Jane was telling us about the winter trends worth following. This time she’s sharing a wonderful smoothie recipe to get healthy locks!
Listen, we’ve got to talk. I won’t mess you about so I’ll just come out and say it…if it’s a gorgeous head of hair you’re after, you’ve got to pay more attention to what’s going in your body as opposed to what products are on top of your head. That’s not to say products don’t play a very important role on how you maintain your style but taking in enough of the right vitamins, proteins and fats will encourage not only healthy and shiny hair but also a healthy scalp.
So what are some of the things you can eat that’ll help? Well, here’s my recipe for a healthy hair smoothie!
Spinach: Jam-packed with vitamins A and C these are just what the body needs to produce sebum, which keeps your hair in top condition. Spinach is also rich in iron, a mineral that helps to prevent hair loss. Adding spinach to your smoothie in the morning is an easy way to up your vegetable intake. Another bonus? Your smoothie might look green once everything is blended but it won’t taste green if you know what I mean. Thanks to the fruits and orange juice concentrate, your smoothie will be a yummy treat.
Avocado: We’re always told that avocados are nutritional powerhouses and here’s why. They are filled with protein, vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids, which are integral to promoting strong hair. This is the second ingredient you won’t necessarily taste in the smoothie. What it will help to do is make your smoothie creamy in texture. Yoghurt also does this but if you’re lactose intolerant avocado is the only thing you’ll need to make a thick smoothie.
Yoghurt and milk: The calcium and protein in these dairy products helps to prevent brittle hair. Add enough yoghurt to achieve your preferred thickness and add more milk if you prefer a thinner texture.
Banana: Biotin is said to be good for those who experience lots of split ends, have weak nails or suffer from eczema. So for strong hair and nails have more biotin rich foods!
Raspberries: I add these for colour and flavour. Depending on the season, I add strawberries, blueberries, peaches, nectarines or mango. Here’s your chance to be creative and add in your favourite fruit.
Bosc Pear: I prefer this variety of pear for its texture and sweetness. Keep the skin on and you’ll get a good dose of fibre.
Orange Juice Concentrate: I add this for added sweetness and a bit of tang. Not too much though, a tablespoon or two will do.
And there you have it, the ingredients to gorgeous healthy hair! So next time you think about making an avocado and yoghurt mask for your mane, why not blend and drink it instead?
- 1 avocado
- 2-3 handfuls of baby spinach
- 1 banana
- 1 Bosc pear
- 1 tablespoon of orange juice concentrate
- 2-3 tablespoons of yoghurt
- a glug of milk
add depending on availability and/or personal taste:
- raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, peaches, nectarines, mangos
Put everything in a blender, taste and adjust to your preferred sweetness. If the smoothie is too thick, add more water or milk. If you have leftovers, pour into a sealable cup for the next day. If separation occurs, give it a stir and it’ll be good to go.