Taking care of your hair isn’t limited to the products you apply. Like pretty much every other aspect of our health, our hair can also benefit from our consumption of certain healthy foods. For instance, vitamin E is excellent for our hair because it supports collagen production. Foods high in vitamin E include almonds, avocados, brazil nuts, mangoes, and more! B vitamins are also important for our hair. Dates are a great example of a plant-based food with B vitamins and other nutrients, such as pyridoxine which helps the production of keratin. Other foods that are good for your hair to include in your diet are oats, greens, and plenty of superfood seeds such as pumpkin, chia, and flax seeds.
There are so many ways in which plant-based foods can maintain healthy hair, so we put together a list of 15 recipes from our Food Monster App for you to enjoy this winter.
1. Roasted Veggies With Buttery Garlic and Spinach Salad
It doesn’t get much simpler than this when you wanna prepare a wholesome, easy, delicious recipe for yourself. In this Salad recipe by Emily von Euw, got oven-baked sweet potatoes, potatoes, eggplant and garlic paired with a spinach salad, all topped off with tomatoes, sunflower seeds and bell peppers.
2. Curried Carrots With Pistachios
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Carrots are a food that you might always have in your fridge, so this Curried Carrots With Pistachios recipe by Wendy Irene is quite convenient. Plus with this dish you get the added health benefits of spices, nuts and herbs.
3. Pumpkin Ginger Noodle Bowl
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In Ashley Flitter‘s Pumpkin Ginger Noodle Bowl, the pumpkin truly shines and it accompanies cold weather perfectly. Also, this dish is cheap and easy, but it tastes like a gourmet bowl of soup, so you can fit it into your budget while also impressing your guests or family. Also, if you are short on time, it only takes 20 minutes to put it all together, so it’s ready to go when you are! You can dress this up with any kind of additional veggies you’d like, and if you have gluten allergies, feel free to sub out the noodles for something that works for your dietary needs.
4. Baked Sweet Potato With Pesto Pasta, Tomatoes, and Pumpkin Seeds
All the ingredients in Emily von Euw‘s scrumptious bowl of Baked Sweet Potato With Pesto Pasta, Tomatoes, and Pumpkin Seeds are superb for your skin and great for your hair, so it’s gonna make you glow from the inside out (sweet potatoes, greens, pumpkin seeds, and whole grain pasta).
5. Raw Pizza With Red Pepper Flax Crust
Who doesn’t love pizza? Emily von Euw‘s Raw Pizza with Red Pepper Flax Crust is absolutely delicious and 100 percent good for you. It is a light, nutritious, filling meal that is positively bursting with fresh, real flavor. There are seriously no filler ingredients – only the good stuff that your body craves. Because the cheese needs time to age and the crust needs to be dehydrated so it can be crispy, you should plan the day you want to eat this a few days in advance.
6. Berry Fruit Tarts With Chia Seeds
Emily von Euw‘s Berry Fruit Tarts With Chia Seeds are all fruit and the crust is nut-free, made from only dried dates, raisins and figs. The filling is banana cream and obviously the topping is simply sliced strawberries and kiwi. There is chia in the banana cream because chia is a rock star. These are absolutely bursting with color, flavor, and life. Go ahead and use whatever fresh fruits you have, and top these off with little goodies like cacao, goji berries, or coconut flakes.
7. Raw Chia Caramel Pecan Pie
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8. Cauliflower Brazil Nut Purée With Crispy Tofu
Amy Height‘s Cauliflower Brazil Nut Purée With Crispy Tofue is a wonderfully nutrient-rich alternative to mashed potatoes. Blended with garlic, thyme, ground pepper, and coconut oil, this purée is flavorful and comforting. Once topped with crispy, browned tofu, this dish becomes a complete meal that is sure to satisfy.
9. Brazil Nut Fudge
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This Brazil Nut Fudge recipe from Raw and Radiant is an excellent snack to have when you’re trying to be healthy, and still get your sweet tooth fix. This fudgey treat will beat out any chocolate craving you have, so you can keep on being the best version of yourself.
10. Cinnamon Vanilla Brazil Nut Butter
Nut butters are a wonderful source of protein and necessary fats in your diet. If you love almond butter, you should definitely try Robin Runner‘s unique Cinnamon Vanilla Brazil Nut Butter! This particular butter combines the nuts, a bit of vanilla flavor, some maple syrup, and a sprinkling of maple syrup. Use it for dipping fruit, spreading on toast, or just enjoying by the spoonful!
11. Chocolate-Covered Brazil Nut-Stuffed Medjool Dates With Coconut Whipped Cream
You don’t need a reason to whip up a simple treat like these chocolate-covered dates by Maya Popovich. Medjool dates, which are rich and caramel-y on their own, are stuffed with Brazil nuts and coated in a rich dark chocolate shell. Homemade coconut whipped cream tops them off creating a decadent bite-sized dessert that’s irresistible.
12. Power Bread With Sunflower Seeds, Flax Seeds, Sesame Seeds, and Pumpkin Seeds
You do not need to be an experienced baker for this delicious nutrient-dense Power Bread by Selva Wohlgemuth, and you will not have a kitchen covered from head to toe in flour. All you need is a food processor, a bowl, your baking tins, and just 15 minutes of your time.
13. 4-Ingredient No-Bake Banana Bread Bars
These 4-Ingredient No-Bake Banana Bread Bars by Michele Elizabeth are a no-hassle, quick, healthy snack. They are packed with fiber from the oats, flavor from the cinnamon and bananas, and a sticky, rich, goodness from the dates. These bars are so good that you’ll be hard-pressed to share.
14. Raw Coconut and Brazil Nut Truffles
Teffy Perk‘s Raw Coconut and Brazil Nut Truffles will steal your heart. The filling has an incredibly rich, creamy flavor that compliments the chocolate coating so well, you’ll have to resist eating them all in one sitting. It’s a deliciously sweet dessert that tastes absolutely indulgent!
15. Date Pudding
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Lenia Patsi‘s Date Pudding isn’t a pudding as in a custard, but an English-style pudding! Made from gooey dates, coconut sugar, and whole wheat flour, this delicious cinnamon-spiced pudding is moist and sweet. It’s the perfect sweet treat to bring to meetings or to snack on with a cup of tea at the end of the day.
We hope you enjoy these delicious recipes and they help you maintain healthy hair all winter long! If winter is also hard on your skin, check out our 15 Healthy Plant-Based Recipes to Prevent Dry Skin and Eczema. For all kinds of delicious recipes, download our Food Monster App where we have over 15,000 vegan and allergy-friendly recipes.