Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but for lush, healthy hair, it becomes even more important! Fortunately, there are certain (delicious) ingredients you can easily incorporate into your sunrise meals -- like avocado and kale -- to help your locks grow as beautifully as possible. Keep reading for our two favorite vegan breakfast recipes for longer, stronger hair.
Recipe #1: Veggiemore Smoothie
Did you know that the average woman doesn’t consume the daily recommended amount of vegetables? This number varies between 2 to 2 ½ cups daily depending on your age. Certain vegetables such as kale have immense benefits for skin, hair, and nails. This recipe is amongst one of our favorites, and it’s easy and quick to make.
All you’ll need are:
- 3 ripe bananas
- 3 dates
- 1 green apple
- 1 kiwi
- a handful of fresh spinach
- 2 kale leaves
- 2 glasses of water
Blend the ingredients in the blender for at least 30 seconds, put it in the fridge, then drink chilled. That’s it!
Dark leafy greens like spinach, kale and collards are loaded with nutrients that promote hair growth such as iron, vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin E. Dates are rich in iron, which improves blood circulation to the scalp and helps with faster hair growth. Bananas are great for your hair and scalp. They improve manageability and shine, prevent and control dandruff, and moisturize your scalp because they’re rich in potassium, natural oils, carbohydrates and vitamins, which help soften the hair and protect the hair's natural elasticity, preventing split ends and breakage.
Recipe #: GRO Chia Seed Pudding
This is an easy recipe for the on-the-go parent or the busy worker bee. Simply prep this pudding the night before and you’ll have a nutritious breakfast every single morning.
All you’ll need are:
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1/2 cup light coconut milk (optional)
- 1 tsp vanilla (optional)
- 1-2 Tbsp maple syrup (to taste)
- 1/3 cup chia seeds
- fresh blueberries
In your cup of choice, add the almond milk, coconut milk, vanilla, maple syrup, and chia seeds and stir well.
Leave the cup in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours or overnight (if you’re prepping for the morning). Once the mixture becomes a pudding consistency, serve with the blueberries as a topping and voila! Breakfast of champions!
Blueberries are considered a beauty powerhouse due to their structure and makeup. The proanthocyanidins (a.k.a. plant chemicals) in blueberries stimulate hair follicles which can facilitate hair growth. In addition to this remarkable natural stimulant, blueberries have antioxidant benefits and flood your hair and skin with hair-friendly vitamins A, B5, C, and E .
Are you hungry yet? Try these delicious recipes and watch your hair grow to new heights!