There’s a saying that says our nails, hair, and skin often tell us how healthy we are, and are signs of how healthy our diet is. Foods that inflame our cells and cause a breakdown and end up tearing apart the collagen, keratin, and elastin that provide supple skin, strong and silky hair, and strong, fast-growing nails. Toxic overload, stress, and poor diet all contribute to lackluster skin, dry and brittle hair, and brittle nails that never seem to grow. There are 5 Everyday Superfoods For Your Nails, Hair, and Skin and those are oats, almonds, raw organic pumpkin seeds, orange root veggies, and greens.
And now, be sure to keep scrolling for vital recipes from our Food Monster App.
Almonds are rich in Vitamin E, a natural antioxidant that supports collagen production and provides anti-inflammatory benefits for the body. Almonds also contain a large amount of plant-based protein, rich in amino acids that are needed to support collagen growth and strengthen the body. Almonds are also a great source of calcium, which provides nutritional support for our bones, hair, skin, teeth, and nails. You should try this delicious Almond Lover’s Hummus.
Learn How To Make Homemade Almond Butter, so you can use it anytime you want. Soaking the almonds neutralizes the enzyme inhibitors and increases beneficial enzymes. You don’t really know if this step has been taken when you buy store bought almond butter, so when you make it yourself, you know it’s as nutritious as possible.
Your body soaks up the nutrients from green foods like a magical nutritional sponge! Vitamins A, C, E, K, and even B vitamins and iron are all provided to your body when you eat leafy greens. Green foods such as spinach, broccoli, kale, watercress, and collards also contain a good amount of calcium, magnesium, and potassium. Try this Protein Rich Green Smoothie!
Purple sprouting broccoli is in season and a perfect addition to a winter vegetable plate. The vegetable provides many benefits, including Vitamin A and C, iron, fiber, and calcium. If you can’t find purple sprouting broccoli, no problem, replace them with regular broccoli. Try this Purple Sprouting Broccoli, Chickpeas, Kale, Sprouts, and Seeds!
Sweet potatoes, carrots, pumpkin, and winter squash all contain high amounts of Vitamin A which support your nails, hair, and skin as well. These foods are also rich in Vitamin C, an anti-oxidant that lower stress which can weaken collagen, elastin, and keratin in the body. Vitamin C also acts as an antioxidant to combat free radical production that can lead to aging. So, try this delicious and easy Sweet Potato Salad.
This Roasted Veggies With Buttery Garlic and Spinach Salad contains everything you’ll need. We’ve got oven-baked sweet potatoes, potatoes, eggplant and garlic paired with a spinach salad, all topped off with tomatoes, sunflower seeds and bell peppers.
Every part of the pumpkin is a superfood! Pumpkin seeds are some of the most potent, alkaline, nutritious seeds you can eat. They’re rich in protein, iron, magnesium, potassium, biotin, and omega 3 fatty acids. They’re also alkaline-forming like almonds so they build the body instead of breaking it down. Try our healthy Baked Sweet Potato With Pesto Pasta, Tomatoes, and Pumpkin Seeds.
Power Bread With Sunflower Seeds, Flax Seeds, Sesame Seeds, and Pumpkin Seeds has all the healthy seeds you need in your diet. Eat 1/4 cup a day and you’ll see stronger nails, hair, and clearer skin in no time.
Oats are one of the most inexpensive superfoods you can eat. Even if you don’t digest glutinous grains well, gluten-free oats are there to save you. Whole grains are important for most everyone’s diets. Opt for our Roasted Cauliflower and Coconut Overnight Porridge Pots. This make-ahead friendly and plant-based bowl is wonderfully creamy, sweet, and belly-filling in all the right ways.
Oats have specific benefits that your nails, hair, and skin will appreciate. These nutrients include protein, biotin and other B vitamins, anti-inflammatory properties, magnesium, and potassium. These 4-Ingredient No-Bake Banana Bread Bars are so good that you’ll be hard-pressed to share.
Other foods your hair loves:
- all green vegetables
- wild rice
- chia seeds
- hemp seeds
- tahini (sesame seed butter)
- edamame (young green soybeans)
Love healthy vegan food? Check out our Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 10,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to new recipes every day. Check it out!