We’ve covered some nutrients for beautiful skin, and now it’s time to talk about getting healthy, gorgeous hair. That’s right – a delicious healthy hair smoothie. This Mango Strawberry Smoothie is full of protein, vitamins and nutrients to help you achieve shiny, enviable locks.
Hair is comprised of protein, keratin to be exact. And eating a balanced, healthy diet is the first step – that practically goes without saying – to getting those bouncy bangs. Protein and vitamin D will help keep hair strong and prevent breakage. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for hair growth.
What could be better than eating your way to healthy hair than by sipping a delicious smoothie?
Our scalp and hair need enough beta carotene (vitamin A) to stay in good condition and prevent dandruff, dryness and itchiness. This smoothie has loads of vitamin A from the chard and mangoes. Dark leafy greens, such as chard, are also iron-rich which helps strengthen hair.
Another important nutrient is vitamin C, and strawberries are said to be one of the best sources. Vitamin C will increase blood circulation to help these nutrients make their way to the scalp.
Mangoes are another great source of vitamins and minerals. High in fiber, vitamins A and C, folate, B6, and iron, mangoes can improve the overall health of the body, which in turn improves hair health. For similar benefits, you can substitute peaches in place of mangoes, if you prefer.
Walnuts are one of the best nut-based sources of omega-3s and are also rich in biotin (a B vitamin) and vitamin E. Those two (B and E) will help protect hair against sun damage. Zinc deficiencies can lead to hair loss, so eat walnuts that have zinc, copper and biotin.
Flax seed contains lignans, protein, and omega-3 fatty acids, all of which are said to improve hair strength and texture. Lignans, in particular, are believed to help prevent hair loss because they improve hormone balance and decrease androgen levels, which have long been known to exacerbate hair loss in women.
And don’t forget your dairy – Greek yogurt contains large amounts of protein, B5, biotin, vitamin D and healthy fats that help nourish hair follicles from the inside out.
Mango Strawberry Smoothie
- 3 large chard leaves washed well, tough stems trimmed
- 1 cup frozen mango
- 1 cup strawberries
- 1 cup plain Greek or regular yogurt
- 1/4 cup walnuts
- 1 Tablespoon flax seed
- 1/2 to 1 cup water
- Place the ingredients into a high speed blender. Add enough water for easier blending. Serve immediately, or refrigerate for up to two days.