5 vegan recipes for shiny and healthy hair
According to hair specialists from the 'Trichological Society', hair nutrition is a vital part of any hair treatment regime. This is because, malnutrition can be one of the reasons that may cause hair to change color, be weakened, or lost. Therefore, knowing what to eat is vital, and the 5 vegan recipes for shiny and healthy hair, listed below, are based on foods that have all the nutrients your hair needs.
Recently, it has been reported that the top 5 vegan foods for shiny and healthy hair, include: kale, avocados, chia seeds, almonds and cucumber. So, below are 5 vegan recipes for shiny and healthy hair, using these ingredients
1) kale, avocado and almond salad
1/3 cup sliced almonds
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice (from about 2 limes)
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 small bunch kale
Place a small skillet on the stove and add the almonds. Turn the heat on to medium. Stir or shake the almonds often (so they cook evenly), until toasted and fragrant, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl to let cool.
In a small bowl, whisk together the lime juice, oil, honey, salt and pepper.
Pull the kale leaves from the tough stems; discard the stems. Tear the leaves into bite-size pieces (about 10 cups) and put into a salad spinner. Wash, spin dry, and add to a large salad bowl.
Using a chef’s knife, cut the avocado in half and remove the pit. Place the two halves, cut-side up, on cutting board. Use the tip of your paring knife to carefully slice into the avocado flesh, making a crosshatch pattern (do not cut through the skin). Then scoop out with a spoon and add to the salad.
Add the toasted almonds and vinaigrette to the salad and toss well with tongs.
2) Kale, avocado and banana smoothie
1 frozen banana, chopped in small chunks
1/2 cup non- dairy yogurt
1 cup kale (or spinach) leaves, chopped
1/2 ripe avocado
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
Place the banana, blueberry yogurt, kale/spinach, avocado and almond milk in a blender. Blend on high speed until smooth.
3) Vegan cucumber raita
1 ½ [about 425 g] English cucumbers
¼ cup [2-3 springs, 8 g] fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar (or lemon juice)
¼ teaspoon ground cumin (optional)
¼ teaspoon coriander seed powder (optional)
200ml coconut milk, thick and creamy
Salt to taste
You may peel the cucumbers or leave the skin on. Grate them using a coarse grater. Once grated, squeeze out the excess water from the cucumber and place them aside in another mixing bowl. You don’t actually need to remove the water to the last drop but just some of the excess so that the raita doesn’t turn out too watery.
If the coconut milk has solidified, beat it well into a smooth creamy mixture first. If you are using vegan yogurt instead, beat it to a smooth consistency too.
Then add all the rest of the ingredients into the mixing bowl with the grated cucumber and mix well.
Lastly add the salt to taste. If you are not serving the raita right away, you may refrigerate it without the salt. Then add the salt in just before serving.
4) chocolate and chia pudding
1 just-ripe avocado
3 tbsp cacao or cocoa powder
1/4 cup honey
2 tbsp chia seeds
3/4-1 cup water
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Pinch of sea salt
Put all of your ingredients into a bowl.
Using a high powered blender, blend all ingredients together.
Chill in refrigerator for 30 minutes (at least) or freezer for 10 minutes before serving.
5) cucumber and mint refreshing drink
1 lb of cucumbers (about 2 good sized cucumbers), ends trimmed, but peel still on, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup lime juice from fresh limes (from about 1 pound of limes, or 5 to 10 limes, depending on how juicy they are)
1 1/4 cup packed (spearmint) mint leaves (about a large handful), woody stems removed
1/2 cup sugar
Approximately 1 1/4 cup of water
Put ingredients in blender, add enough water to fill 3/4 of blender. Hold the lid on the blender and purée until smooth.
Place a fine mesh sieve over a bowl and pour the purée through it, pressing against the sieve with a rubber spatula or the back of a spoon to extract as much liquid out as possible.
Fill a large pitcher halfway with ice cubes. Add the juice. Serve with sprigs of mint and slices of lime.
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