Green smoothies give hair follicles superpowers.
If you don't know, you better ask somebody...with full, lustrous hair. It's either in their genes or they slay those dark, leafy greens. I used to roll my eyes when I'd ask "Your hair's amazing, what do you do to it?" and they'd reply, "I just drink a lot of water and changed my diet! Baiiiiii" Oh, no. I don't want to hear that. I want to know the magic cream that promises Disney princess hair in 30 days.
Well, bippity-boppity-boop, it's a year into my new, healthy lifestyle (yasssss!), and I have the shiny hair, sparkling eyes and the poppin' skin. I'm a green smoothie god at this point, and I don't want to keep this discovery to myself. (Unlike my coconut milk ice cream, that's all for moi.)
How do you know you’d majorly benefit from this green godliness? If you answer "yah" to one of these questions, then blend, baby, blend:
Is your hair noticeably thinner and brittle?
Does it appear your hair hasn't grown in the past few months?
Is your hair breaking off like a Kit Kat bar?
Is your hair all out of f%#$s to give?
If so, I'm 99.9% confident that green smoothies can help repair and restore your hair (and health!) to its true glory. There are lots of recipes to test and taste, but this one is one of my faves for the antioxidants, plant protein and chocolate-nutty flavor party.
The Halle Berry Green Smoothie
Blueberries 1 1/2 cups
Mixed berries 1 1/2 cups
Almonds (1 handful)
Spinach (3 handfuls)
Flaxseeds (2 TBSPS)
Stevia to sweeten (safe, zero-calorie, plant-based sweetener—I call it fairy dust)
Cacao powder (1 TBSP)
Alkaline water (2 cups)
1. Blend your greens and water until it looks like juice.
2. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until creamy.
This recipe makes about 5-6 cups! You can enjoy it solo or share with a friend—don't be mean with your greens:-) When experimenting with recipes, try to stick to this ratio: 60% fruit and 40% greens. You can always adjust as your taste buds allow—the more greens, the better.
Ingredients: This is how you’re showing your hair some love...
This superfood staple has enough vitamins and minerals to almost spell the alphabet! Plus, the amount of amino acids (protein) and iron support the blood and hair follicles to the fullest.
These little babies are rich in Omega-3s, ("good" fats) that help nourish dry scalp and increase hair elasticity. If you hair likes to break off, flaxseeds are the essential addition to your diet.
One word: magnesium. It's the first mineral to leave our bones when we're stressed out...which can lead to hair loss. Thankfully, almonds are rich in Vitamin D and magnesium. Try 1-2 handfuls a day to help de-stress, detoxify and keep more hair on your head.
Blueberries (and berries, in general) are charged with antioxidants and taste like summertime. I especially appreciate the Vitamin B complex which helps improve blood circulation and push out healthier-looking kinks and curls from our scalp.
Cacao powder gives my smoothies a nice chocolate pudding finish. Plus, cacao has more calcium than cow's milk, 40x more antioxidants than blueberries and is an excellent source of iron. Get in on this, asap, if you can. You only need a tablespoon!
If I had to name a holy grail beauty product, it would be alkaline water. When you raise the natural pH in your body (ideally, 7.35-7.45 is the perfect state), your blood is getting the oxygen it needs, pushing out the yuckiness it doesn't, and, heyyyyyyy, hair starts growing faster and stronger.
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