Drinking Greens for Healthy Natural Hair

Drinking Greens for Healthy Natural Hair

There are a lot of great reasons to drink your greens either in smoothie or juice form.  But my hair has been in need of some major TLC and repair.  Greens are packed with vitamins, minerals, and water.  The hydrating power of greens is what my hair and body need in this triple digit climate I live in. This is also why I’m protective styling with Marley Twist. My diet is full of fresh fruits and veggies but with the latest kale craze. I thought I would take it up notch by trying kale smoothies. I wanted to see what all the hype was about.

Green Smoothie for Natural Hair

4 Things I Learn About Drinking Greens for Healthy Hair

Take the Stalks Out

The first time I tried a kale strawberry smoothie, I couldn’t get over the texture. I am not at all a texture person.  Usually textures don’t bother me BUT the toughness of the kale and strawberry seeds were too much.  I have since learned the importance of removing all the stalks of kale for a smoother smoothie.

Keep It Simple

Once I got the right consistency it was finding the perfect kale smoothie recipe.  I like to keep it simple that means two ingredients maybe three excluding my liquid of either water or almond milk. Every time I asked for a simple recipe people would list 5-6 ingredients. And I’m sorry but I’m not going to be blending up 5-6 ingredients every morning.  Really! Ain’t no body got time for that. *Sweet Brown voice* I like to blend kale and apple. Its the perfect combination.  Spinach easily blends with any fruit or veggie blend as well.

To Decrease Bitterness Add Lemon or Ginger or Use Tender Baby Kale

I haven’t tried adding lemon or ginger, yet. But I hear this is the best way to decrease the bitterness of the kale.  But I also know that fresh baby kale are less bitter. I have found them to be the best for kale smoothies.

There’s a Difference Between Juice and Smoothies

I have downed kale juice with no problem.  I just needed a pinch of salt or lemon juice and its all good. But smoothies are little bit more difficult to gulp down.  Until I can fit a decent juicer in my budget, I’ll stick to spinach smoothies that are easier to blend with various fruits and veggies.  They are also more tender.  This makes them easier to swallow in smoothie form.

The Classic Green Recipe via Refinery29
Kale, apples, and lemon. It doesn’t get much better than that (at least that’s what your skin, hair, immune system, and internal organs think). This traditional combo is one of the best ways to benefit your bod, prevent illness, and glow from the inside out. For those phobic of the hearty kale flavor, toss in some green grapes, which pack a punch of sweet-and-tartness that make this health-bomb a real treat. If you’re not yet sold, just put it to the test. Try this knockout green smoothie every morning for two weeks. If you don’t notice a change in your appearance, energy, and digestion, get back to us. You may be a robot.

Ingredients:
3 large kale leaves, plus stems
1/2 Red Delicious apple
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup green grapes

Chop everything into manageable pieces, throw it all in a powerful blender or smoothie maker, and add additional water or juice if you have trouble breaking the stems down. Kale is a particularly tough green so you may need to let it run for an additional minute (tip: Stop and start a few times to let it settle and incorporate).

Drink This For: Omega-3 and 6, Folic acide, Fiber, Protein, Carotenoids, Glucosinolates, Vitamins K, A, and C, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Copper, Manganese, Calcium, Iron, Phytonutrients, Antioxidants, Selenium, Citric Acid, Flavanoids, and Folate.

Please leave your Green Smoothie Tips in the Comment Section Below

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9 thoughts on “Drinking Greens for Healthy Natural Hair

  1. TWA4now

    I think I will try this because I only eat once and sleep long due to low iron….I haven’t been able to give blood because they said low iron..sooooooooooooooooooo we shall see!

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  2. Cecele D.

    I cut up all my fruit and greens and toss them in freezer bags and store in the freezer which makes it quicker and easier to make every morning and also reduces the need for ice. Plus, freezers storage allows the ingredients to last longer. Also adding 1/4 to 1/2 a banana makes the smoothie creamier. I haven’t tried the lemon or ginger but those are next on my list.

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  3. Patrice B

    I am thrilled to share that I bought my NUTRIBULLET as of June 8th, 2013, and have been mixing fruits ans veggies daily. Nix the blenders and invest in a nutribullet for all over health. I mix kale(or spinach) with one gold delicious apple, pear, cup of pineapple, banana, and tsp of flax seed and all i taste is the pear. The nutribullet is the best because it opens all items down to the core and there is no such chunks or pieces like a blender or juicer would do. look up the nutribullet online for more info and consider buying one for life. I LOVE MINE! Immediate results are boost in energy within minutes of first swallow and ongoing longterm results are glowing skin, faster hair/nail growth, and removal of body aches and pains. BEST PURCHASE EVER!!!!!!!

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  4. shelly

    Well young lady… invest in a STRAINER… when you make such fibrous drinks.. strain them… you will still get the benefits.. I do…. because i add berries with seeds… and the fiber is too much for your gut to absorb… so strain.. and add water to make more palatable.. and you can add an apple.. i use granny smith for it’s non sweetness… the others are too sweet for me…. who is prone to yeast issues…. a whole other subject…..

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  5. HealthWise

    Its been 3 months since I started the smoothie-a-day schedule and my hair and skin have really improved. I’ve done the juicing thing, which yields too much sugar, is very wasteful, and you can’t juice greens well. I’ve done the wheatgrass thing, sooo much work. The smoothies in the Vitamix are so smooth, the perfect consistency. Yes, the blender is pricey but it is an investment. You can also buy them on ebay, craigslist, or refurbished. I make my shake with kale, spinach, cucumber, raspberries, banana, blueberries, hemp seed, and RAW blend protein powder.

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  6. luscious redd

    EVERY since I Started Juicing and Doing the Smoothies, My Health, Hair, Skin and Finger Nails, took off to Another Dimension…

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  7. Nunyabiz

    First thing is to get a better blender.
    There are only 3 worth buying, Vitamix is best period, then Blentec, and then Nutrabullet/Ninja in that order.
    With the Vitamix it matters not what you put in it as everything will come out silky smooth.

    I have 4 smoothies per day, 2 in the morning and 2 for dinner.
    Morning smoothie is 2 cups of Kale, stalk of celery, 1 carrot, about 1/3rd of a long English Cucumber, 30 to 35gr of fresh Ginger Root, 1 Navel Orange and I leave a strip of orange peel on it about the size of my whole thumb.
    Then some sort of frozen fruit, Costco is great for this.
    Usually a mix of organic raspberries. Blackberries and blueberries, or peaches, strawberries.
    Then 5 to 6 tbsp of Hemp Seeds, 4 tbsp of flax meal, and a handful of raw steamed almond .
    Add about 16oz of Acai juice and a cup of ice cubes.
    Blend until silky smooth.

    This takes me about 3 to 4 minutes start to finish to make these and I usually use about 12 to 15 ingredients.

    My hair is thicker than ever

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