Smoothie

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Who doesn’t love smoothies? Full of fresh seasonal or frozen fruit, seeds and other superfoods, they are perfect for breakfast on the go, or whenever you need an energizing pick-up-up. These five smoothie recipes, when added to a healthy diet, can help aid in growing out that big chop. My favorite tip for curly girls on the go is frozen smoothie packs. This is prepping and chopping all the fruit you will need for a week’s worth of smoothies, putting the fruit in labeled baggies, and then freezing it. When you are ready to use it, let it defrost slightly before throwing the baggie contents into a blender and whirling away with the other ingredients. All of the fruit in the recipes below freezes well, except for the avocado in the Biotin Berry Blast which will need to be sliced and added fresh.

1. Berry Biotin Blast

We all know how helpful biotin can be for hair growth, but for some of us, biotin supplements can cause acne and other skin problems. If this is your situation, or you just want to enjoy the best of the summer berry harvest in a glass, try this smoothie.

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup blueberries
  • ¾ cup blackberries
  • ¾ cup strawberries
  • ¾ cup almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon shelled hemp seeds
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • ¼ of an avocado

Method:

Blend the berries, hemp, avocado, and almond milk until pureed, and then add the chia seeds.

Pulse once or twice to incorporate the chia seeds into the smoothie, and then serve.

2. Vitamin C Crush

This smoothie is rich in antioxidants which protect your hair and scalp from free radicals. It will also provide you with lots of Vitamin C, which is what you need to help you absorb the iron that is contained in the pea protein. The iron stores in your body, otherwise known as ferritin levels, need to be in a healthy range for optimal hair growth.

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup fresh pineapple
  • ¾ cup strawberries
  • ¾ cup orange juice
  • ¼ cup mango
  • ½ scoop pea protein powder

Method:

Blend all ingredients until smooth, and then serve.

3. Oats and Omegas Smoothie

Overnight oats and superfood seeds form the base of this creamy, rich, smoothie. The omegas encourage healthy hair growth and help to prevent brittle and breaking strands.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons rolled oats
  • 1 cup oat milk
  • ¼ blueberries
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon each shelled hemp seeds, ground flax seeds, and raw shelled pumpkin seeds

Method:

Soak the oats in the oat milk overnight in the refrigerator.

The next morning, blend the oats and oat milk with the rest of the ingredients, and then serve.

4. Green Growth Smoothie

If you want to crank up your hair growth, while combating scalp inflammation and redness, this smoothie is a great addition to your diet.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon matcha powder
  • 1 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • ¼ cup fresh spinach, and or curly kale, washed, de-stemmed and chopped
  • 2 fresh peaches, pits removed and cubed
  • 2 dates, pits removed

Method:

Blend all ingredients, and then serve.

5. Maqui Mane Miracle

Move over acai, there’s a new super-berry on the block. Maqui is cram-packed with antioxidants to keep your tresses looking their healthy and shiny best.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon dried maqui powder
  • ½ cup sliced strawberries
  • ½ cup sliced blueberries
  • ½ cup seedless watermelon chunks
  • 1 cup cherry juice

    the juice of ½ lemon
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ginger, minced

Method:

Blend all ingredients, and then serve.

What are your favorite smoothie recipes to get your hair growing? Let us know in the comments. For more fruits to add to your morning mix click here.