Our hair health should be incredibly important to us. Eating lots of vegetables, fruits, and proteins allow our hair, and our body, to maintain maximum strength and growth. But some of us need an extra push to eat healthy while also satisfying our palette. I get it. Veggies and fruits can be boring, especially if you aren’t sure how to cook them in an appetizing way. Thankfully, you can have your cake, and eat it too! Smoothies are a wonderful source of nutrients, minerals, and vitamins, as long as you make them with the right ingredients. You can add a little pep to your step in the morning with the recipes below, while also allowing your hair to grow and strengthen along the way.

What to Include:

The single advantage, with the exception of tasting delicious, that smoothies offer, is that you can easily blend a ton of ingredients that provide all your essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that are vital for maintain hair growth and strength. As an added bonus, you’ll be perfecting your skin, nails, and overall health while sucking these down. Important minerals and vitamins you should always include are vitamins B, C, D, and E, as well as zinc, protein, iron, and essential fatty acids.

Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

This smoothie will rock your hair world! Peanut butter is a wonderful source of protein, and your hair needs protein to survive, as your hair is made of protein. It also contains alpha-tocopherol, a type of vitamin E that makes hair follicles grow stronger. Bananas are also great for your hair and scalp as they improve manageability and shine, preventing dandruff and moisturizing the scalp. These fruits are rich in potassium, natural oils, carbohydrates, and vitamins that help soften and protect the hair’s natural elasticity, which then prevents split ends and breakage. Cocoa doesn’t seem powerful, but it contains one of the highest levels of antioxidants than any other natural food. Adding it to your food can add vibrancy, shine, and volume to your hair, as well as promote healthy hair growth and hair follicle stimulation.

The Recipe:

2-3 tbsp peanut butter
1 banana
1-2 tsp nuts
1 cup almond milk
1 tbsp cocoa powder

 

Vitamin A Smoothie

Sweet potatoes and carrots are ideal for hair health as they are loaded with beta carotene. Beta carotene is a precursor for vitamin A, which then creates sebum. This promotes hair growth and a healthy scalp, allowing your hair to stay healthy and strong. It also stimulates collagen and elastin production. Carrots also improve the overall strength of your hair, making it thicker and shinier. Chia seeds are known to help your hair grow. With chia seeds comes fiber and protein that help thicken and grow the hair.

The Recipe:

½ sweet potato
½ banana
½ carrot
1 spoon chia seeds
½ cup milk

 

Iron Rich Green Machine

Spinach is an amazing tool for hair health. Although they don’t seem like much, these little leafy greens pack a punch with a ton of nutrients such as folate, iron, and vitamins A and C, all of which promote hair growth and strength. It also helps your scalp stay moisturized, and a moisturized scalp means your hair has the opportunity for growth. Almond milk contains a high amount of iron, which is great for strengthening hair while also preventing hair loss. The fatty acids promote softness, and other vitamins including A, B, D, and E, which are all found in almond milk, strengthen and soften your hair. Spirulina is a powder that promotes hair growth, containing protein, fatty acids, and iron. It is also used for combating hair problems such as thinning and loss.

The Recipe:

1 banana
1 cup spinach
1 cup almond milk
2 tbsp spirulina

 

Papaya Spinach Smoothie

Papaya might be intimidating at first if you’ve never cut one open, but these fruits are the best, not just for your hair, but for your body and palette. They promote hair growth and can help prevent balding, while also reducing thinning and dandruff. Papayas are high in fiber, has an abundance of vitamin C, vitamin A, and is remarkably rich in antioxidants. Another great attribute to papayas is that it’s packed with folic acid. Folic acid helps improve circulation to the hair follicles and promotes hair growth, so this fruit is great for those suffering from hair loss. Coconut milk is also great for the hair as it contains lauric acid, a natural antiseptic that helps with dandruff, skin and scalp infections, as well as dryness and itchiness. Coconut milk is particularly beneficial if you suffer from damaged and brittle hair. It boosts your hair follicles and promotes growth.

The Recipe:

1 cup papaya
1 banana
1 cup spinach
1 cup coconut milk