The next time you’re looking for something to quench your thirst, besides good old water, why not try some drinks for your skin and hair?! There are lots of tasty drink recipes that are great for healthy skin and hair. If you’re looking for some healthy alternatives to soda, check out these delicious and nutritious drinks for your skin and hair!
1. Hair Protein Chia Shake
Let’s start this list of drinks for your skin and hair with celebrity nutritionist Kimberly Snyder’s drink for healthy hair! Chia seeds are packed with Omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamins and protein vital for healthy hair. Chia seeds get a gelatinous texture when they’re soaked, which makes this drink different yet delectable!
2 cups unsweetened almond milk or water, or a 50/50 combination
1/4 cup hemp or brown rice protein powder
1-2 Tbs. chia seeds (These are the Chia Seeds I recommend)
1/2 frozen acai smoothie packet
Liquid stevia to sweeten
½ tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. vanilla extract
Add the almond milk and/or water to the blender first, then the other ingredients. Blend until smooth.
2. Banana Almond Flax Smoothie
I love a good smoothie and this next drink for healthy skin is a real treat! This drink combines plant-based protein, potassium, fiber, calcium and Omega-3s for luminous skin. The Omega-3s are known to have anti-inflammatory properties so this a great option for those with red or irritated skin!
1 tbsp flaxseed oil
2 tbsp raw almond butter
1 small banana
1/2 cup organic apple juice
1 cup ice cubes
Blend and enjoy!
3. Green Tea
Green tea is a super healthy drink for your skin, your hair and your body. Green tea is easy to find and make, and if you don’t like the slightly bitter taste, you can easily sweeten it with Stevia! Green tea contains tons of antioxidants which help rejuvenate skin cells, protect skin from damaging free radicals and stimulate hair growth!
Green tea bag or loose leaf tea
Steep according to directions on package
4. Green Tea and Pineapple Smoothie
If you’re not crazy about drinking green tea straight up or sweetened, try this smoothie out! Both green tea and pineapple are good for healthy skin and hair so this smoothie is a great way to reap all of the benefits! This recipe also contains tasty and beneficial ginger, which is also contains vitamins and antioxidants!
2 cups fresh pineapple, peeled and chopped
1 cup green tea made from loose leaves
1 Tbsp honey
1/2 inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped
1 cup crushed ice
Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and process until smooth. Garnish as desired. Serve immediately.
5. Immunity/Detox Tea
This is another drink for healthy skin by Kimberly Snyder. She calls this an immunity or detox tea as it’s great way to boost your immune system, help cleanse your body and break up toxins, as well as promote a clear complexion! This drink also helps keeps you healthy and protects your body when others are sick.
1 heaping tablespoon of ginger, peeled and sliced
Filtered or spring water
Peel and chop ginger into chunks. For 1 cup, aim for about 1 heaping Tbs. You want to slice it up so the properties of the ginger will seep into the tea, but don’t make the pieces too small- otherwise you’ll get a bunch of “floaters” that will keep coming up to the surface.
Heat up water. It can boil, or if you can catch it right before it starts to boil that would be great. Turn off the heat, and let the water cool down for a minute. Pour the hot water over the ginger pieces, which you’ve placed at the bottom of a large coffee mug. Let the hot water steep over the ginger by itself for about 2 minutes. The ginger needs longer time for its flavor to fully unleash.
Cut a lemon in half. After waiting at least 2 minutes, the ginger and hot water should be cooled down enough that you could pick up the mug with your hands and start to sip it. At that time, squeeze half a lemon into the mug. If you have a hard time with lemon, do at least 1/4 of a lemon, and build yourself up. But 1/2 would be ideal!
Give at least one good shake of cayenne pepper right into the tea. If you can handle spice, like me, you can try 2 shakes! Don’t overdo it though. Sweeten with a packet of Stevia. Another choice is xylitol. Stevia is the best, as it has 0 effect on our blood-sugar levels. Above all, do not use Splenda or any other fake sugars!!!
Mix with a tea spoon…and you are ready to go! And ready to start giving your immunity a big boost.
6. Juicing Recipe for Hair Growth
This next juice is a very simple and healthy recipe for gorgeous, shiny hair. It’s recommended that these ingredients are mixed with a juicer but if you cut up the carrots into small pieces, a blender might do the trick! The ingredients in this juice promote healthy hair and digestion.
5 Large Carrots, ends trimmed
Blend in a juicer and enjoy!
7. Vegetable Broth
This next “drink” for healthy hair isn’t really a drink but it’s something to drink to increase hair growth. If you’re a fan of vegetable soup, this is a tasty, filling side dish you can enjoy that’s good for your body and is rich in vitamins and biotin, which are essential for healthy hair. This is also a great way to use up any leftover produce!
2 Celery stalks
1 Green sweet pepper
1 large onion
1 medium Leek
1 tomato – (cut in half)
3 cloves of garlic each cut in half
6 sprigs of fresh parsley
4 sprigs of fresh thyme
1 bay leaf
2 tbsp of salt
1 tsp of peppercorns
10 cups of water
Place all ingredients into a large soup pot and add water. Bring broth to a boil, then turn down heat and simmer for about 2 hour stirring occasionally. Remove pot from heat, let the liquid cool down and then strain into a clean container. Vegetable broth will keep in the refrigerator for 5 days or months in the freezer. This stock is great for vegetarian lovers and can be added to many recipes for flavor and added nutrition.
8. Beauty Bonanza Smoothie
This nutritious and delightful drink for healthy skin packs a powerful punch! It’s got berries for antioxidants, an orange for Vitamin C, chia seeds for Omega-3s and tofu for vegetable protein for healthy skin cells! I know tofu might sound like a strange ingredient in a smoothie but with all the fruits, yogurt and agave, I doubt you’ll even taste it!
1/4 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
1 orange, peeled and pits removed
1 ripe banana
1/2 cup fat-free plain yogurt
1/2 cup extra firm Silken tofu
2 tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp agave nectar
Put all ingredients into blender and whip until smooth. Sip and think youthful thoughts.
9. Banana Oatmeal Smoothie
I’ve never thought about putting oatmeal in my smoothies before, but it’s a great idea! There are a host of benefits to eating oatmeal, including being rich in antioxidants, helping to prevent weight gain and boosting your immune system. Bananas are high in nutrients and contain anti-inflammatory agents!
1 cup low-fat milk
1 cup orange juice
1 medium banana - cut into pieces
1 pack of instant oatmeal - regular or unflavored
3 or 4 ice cubes
Just place all ingredients in the blender and blend for a minute or so until smooth.
10. Coconut Bliss Smoothie
The Coconut Bliss Smoothie is the ideal for healthy skin or damaged skin. Coconut oil contains lauric acid and Vitamin E, which are both ideal for healthy skin growth and repair. The recipe calls for a packet of Sustain, which is Dr. Lipman’s dairy and gluten free protein shake, but you can substitute a protein powder that you already have and still get the benefits!
1 Sustain packet
4 oz water
4 oz unsweetened almond milk
1⁄2 frozen banana cut into chunks
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp shredded unsweetened coconut
4 ice cubes
Add all ingredients into blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Ahh!
There you have it! 10 tasty and nutritious drinks that’ll help you in your quest for healthy hair and skin! Another important drink for beauty and overall health is water, so make sure you’re taking in plenty of that as well. Do you drink smoothies? What’s your favorite?