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Are Your Snacks Getting in the Way of Gorgeous Hair?

Feb 172017
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Envy-Inducing Hair One Bite at a Time

There’s no denying that dry shampoo and a bit of olive oil can work wonders. But to really help your hair reach its maximum potential, you need to feed it from the inside. So the next time you’re feeling peckish, put the chips away, channel your inner Blake Lively, and try one of these pro-hair snacks instead. 

Shine Bright Like A Diamond

Pro-Hair Trade: Chips and Salsa

A deep conditioning treatment always makes hair look shinier, but to really reach your max gloss capacity, you need to go deeper. Way deeper. As in the Mariana Trench. Fish, like salmon, sardines, and mackerel are rich in omega 3s fatty acids, which nourish your hair follicles for lustrous and (lust-worthy) locks. Serve this dip during your next girls night in.


Savory Salmon Dill Dip (makes 1 ½ cups)


8 oz. boneless skinless salmon filet

3 tbsp. lemon juice

2 tbsp. olive oil

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

2 tbsp. crème fraîche

1 tbsp. chopped fresh dill

1 medium shallot, finely chopped (14 cup)

Zest of one lemon

Crackers, toast points, or cucumber slices for serving



Heat oven to 375°. Drizzle salmon with 2 tbsp. lemon juice, the olive oil, salt, and pepper. Bake approximately 15 minutes, depending on thickness, until cooked through. Set aside to cool.


As salmon cools, combine crème fraiche, parsley, shallot, remaining lemon juice, and zest. Mix in salmon. Season with salt and pepper. Serve on crackers, toast points, or cucumber slices


Pixie Today, Rapunzel Tomorrow

Pro-Hair Trade: Bagel with Cream Cheese

That pixie cut was way cute, but now you’re ready to get growing. Biotin, found in eggs, almonds, and oats, and B5 (pantothenic acid), found in Greek yogurt, get props for helping hair grow quickly. This recipe combines all of the above in one hair-healthy and delicious bunch-time treat.


Berry Almond Oat Breakfast Crisp a la Mode (Serves 4-6)


Oatmeal Layer

2 tsp. unsalted butter

1 14 cups old-fashioned rolled oats

3 Tbsp. light brown sugar

sea salt

1 ½ cups vanilla almond milk

1 large egg

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract



⅓ cup whole, raw almonds

⅓ cup old-fashioned rolled oats

⅓ cup light brown sugar

2 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted

1 Tbsp. all-purpose flour

⅛ tsp. ground cinnamon

sea salt

2 ½ cups frozen berries, thawed

fresh berries, to garnish (optional)


16 oz. vanilla Greek yogurt



Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 2-quart baking dish with butter.


Prepare Oatmeal layer: Mix the oats, sugar, and dash of salt in a large bowl. Whisk together the almond milk, egg, vanilla, and almond extract in a medium bowl. Pour the milk mixture into the oat mixture and stir well to combine.


Prepare Topping layer: Mix the almonds, oats, sugar, butter, flour, cinnamon and ⅛ teaspoon salt in a medium bowl until evenly combined.


Bake: Pour oatmeal mixture into the baking dish. Arrange berries (with juices) on top of the oatmeal. Sprinkle with the topping. Bake until lightly browned and just set, about 50 minutes. Let cool on a rack for 10 to 15 minutes.


Arrange: Cut out square of breakfast crisp and top with scoop of Greek yogurt. Garnish with fresh berries.

Pump Up The Volume

Pro-Hair Trade: Microwave popcorn

Every weightlifter knows that pumping iron makes muscles thicker, but did you know it works for your tresses, too? Thinning hair is a sign that you may have an iron deficiency. This is especially true if you’ve recently had a baby. The simple solution is to pump some iron into your diet with this simple spicy snack. 


Spicy Lentil Crunchies


1 cup green lentils

2 Tbsp. olive oil

½ tsp. coarse sea salt

¼ tsp. onion powder

¼ tsp. curry powder

⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper



Preheat oven to 425°F.


Place lentils in saucepan and fill with enough water to cover the lentils by ½ inch. Bring to a boil for one minute. Cover with a tight-fitting lid, remove from heat, and let stand 15 minutes.


Drain lentils and spread out on paper towels to dry.


Line baking pan with foil and spray with cooking oil.


Toss lentils with olive oil and spread out on pan in single layer.


Bake in oven 10-15 minutes until crisp.


Combine salt and seasonings sprinkle over lentils and toss to combine.


Serve warm or at room temperature.


Too Hot (Hot Damn)

Pro-Hair Trade: Milkshake

You can call the police and the fireman all you want, but overdoing it with the heat tools can leave hair brittle. The solution: green leafy vegetables. Kale and spinach are packed with vitamins A and C, which help produce sebum, the natural oil produced by the skin that acts as a natural conditioner. Getting enough greens can be challenging, so here’s one way to sneak them into a delicious smoothie and snack your way to more lissome locks.


Get Your Greens Smoothie


1 banana cut into 1” pieces

1 cup frozen pineapple pieces

1 cup fresh spinach or baby kale leaves

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

2 Tbsp. almond butter

½  avocado

2 Tbsp. agave syrup               

1 tsp. matcha (green tea powder)

½ tsp. finely grated peeled ginger

3-4 ice cubes



Purée ingredients in a blender. Serve immediately.

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