Busy babes still have to eat and sometimes we can only manage an easy snack. If you’re already getting your daily nutrients from small meals and bites (which is actually great for your metabolism!), satisfy your taste buds with these savory and sweet snacks for shiny hair and dodge those tempting vending machines.
Avo toast isn’t just a trendy food…it’s a lifestyle. Piled high at brunch, or just a simple grab-and-go treat, your avocado toast obsession is actually great for your hair. This lush, creamy green fruit is high in vitamin E, containing up to 4.16 milligrams of alpha-tocopherol, an antioxidant that guards against every city girl’s nightmare—free radicals. These “pollute” your hair causing breakage and dullness. Try using gluten-free bread or whole grain for fiber. Top your avo toast with a poached egg for added protein, biotin, sulfur and beta carotene and you’ll have a power house of a snack for healthy hair.
COCONUT OIL TEA
It’s true. Coconut oil really does solve almost everything. Not only is coconut oil great for a quick-and-easy hair mask, you can add it to your tea or coffee for a nourishing and filling dose of fats. Drop a tablespoon of coconut oil into your tea. High in minerals, healthy fats and vitamins E and K, coconut oil works from the inside out to help lubricate and moisturize your scalp and hair.
HANDFUL OF RAW NUTS
One of the easiest snacks for shiny hair is a handful of raw nuts when you’re on-the-go. And, our collective obsession with nuts is actually great for our locks! Walnuts, Brazil nuts and almonds are all high in healthy fats like the omega-3 and omega-6 that add sheen to your strands. Nuts are also full of protein and Brazil nuts are an excellent source of selenium, which keep your hair and scalp healthy. Make sure your nuts are always raw and unsalted.
Snacking on pumpkin seeds is a great way to curb hunger. Munching on the shelled variety will keep your mouth busy between meals. But, these tiny shells of deliciousness aren’t just a time killer—pumpkin seeds are full of zinc, vitamins and fatty acids that will slow down hair damage and keep you from getting split ends.
FRUITS HIGH IN VITAMIN C
Sometimes the mid-afternoon slump has us craving a sweet treat. Fruit is always a better option than processed sugar. Plus, it’s way better for your magnificent mane! Vitamin C is great snack for shiny hair, skin and nails. That glow you get after a fruit-filled smoothie? Not your imagination. Vitamin C helps to produce collagen in your body that increases your blood flow and stimulates hair growth. Munch on strawberries, blueberries, oranges or guavas, you can also get loads lots of vitamin C from kale, sweet potatoes and broccoli!
BANANAS + ALMOND BUTTER
This feel good snack always hits the spot and makes us feel like kids again. Dipping a potassium and silica-filled banana into healthy-fat filled almond butter is a great way to supply your hair follicles with the minerals, vitamins, fats and proteins that makes it plump with volume. Plus, almonds are high in vitamin E and renowned for bringing out those shiny tresses.
Peel a hardboiled egg, pop it into your mouth and power through your day knowing that you’re taking care of your hair with an amazing source of protein and biotin. 1 whole egg has 6 grams of protein and 8 mpg of biotin. A strand of hair is composed of mostly protein, which means your hair needs protein to grow. Biotin has an important role to play in the health of your hair, by stimulating growth, protecting from dryness and increasing elasticity (and thereby helping to prevent breakage)