A 5-Minute Healthy Hair Breakfast

In the beauty world, there’s a lot of buzz about hair-boosting supplements. Some experts swear by them, while others feel that they’re only as good as placebo pills. While the jury’s out on which supplements really make a measurable difference in our hair health, we do know that there are certain nutrients that your body needs to build healthy hair, and you can make it a point to include those in your diet with the goal of supporting gorgeous locks.

At Beauty Is Wellness, my approach is always to take in nutrients from whole foods first, before reaching for supplements. That doesn’t mean gulping down foods that you hate or slaving over a bunch of complicated recipes. In the case of healthy hair, it couldn’t be easier, or more appealing, to whip up my hair-nourishing Banana Breakfast Smoothie, below.

What are the secrets to a smoothie that boosts hair health? Since the foundation of our hair is keratin protein, this drink is packed with protein-rich hemp seeds that also provide iron, another mineral that supports strong locks. A healthy scalp is key for shiny, elastic hair, and hemp seeds are powerhouse beauty foods that offer healthy fats to nourish your scalp and skin as well. (For added scalp benefits, make time for regular cardio exercise, which brings circulation to your scalp and releases healthy scalp oils). Silica is an important nutrient for hair thickness, and the oats and banana in this smoothie are great sources. The final dash of cinnamon is rich in manganese, a nutrient that supports healthy hair and the production of hair pigment. All in all, it’s a complete hair booster at around 250 calories and a filling way to start the day. As for supplements, I’ll be following studies to see which ones come out on top!

 

Banana Breakfast Smoothie

This sustaining, perfect-for-the-a.m. smoothie nourishes healthy hair from the inside out.

Serves 1

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 peeled, frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup gluten free whole oats
  • 2 tbsp shelled hemp seeds
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

Combine ingredients in a high-powered blender and process until smooth.

Check Out Beauty Is Wellness Online at Organic Spa Magazine

From natural beauty to sustainable fashion to exotic wellness vacations, I am a huge fan of Organic Spa magazine! You'll see my beauty and health articles in the pages of the magazine now and then, and now you'll be able to find my new Beauty Is Wellness column on OrganicSpaMagazine.com as well! My new bi-monthly column is about (what else?) the link between beauty, nutrition and lifestyle, based on my website and coaching practice. In the months ahead, I'll be sharing information about my favorite beauty foods, original recipes for beautiful skin, hair and nails and nutritional tips for beautifying from the inside out. I hope you'll follow along!

My first column is all about one of my favorite beauty foods, the avocado! You'll find out why you should never skimp on healthy fats, and get my recipe for Cool Avocado Pear Soup, an elegant appetizer for the holidays or any other time of year when you want to nourish your most beautiful skin.

If you have specific questions about the beauty and nutrition connection that you’d like to have answered in the column, drop me a line at  jolene@beautyiswellness.com.

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