Try This Protein Salad Recipe For Healthy Hair
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For the salmon:
For the salad:
For the dressing:
Add dressing ingredients into mason jar and shake until well incorporated. Set aside in fridge while prepping the salmon and salad ingredients.
Chop lettuces, tomatoes, red onion, and cucumbers to desired size, combine in a medium sized bowl and combine with pepitas.
You may have heard that protein is an important part of a healthy diet because our bodies use the amino acids protein provides to build muscle and strong bones. Protein is important for our health, but many people may be unfamiliar with the importance of protein for hair. Protein is a crucial nutrient our hair needs to help keep it strong and healthy. In fact, our hair is made up mainly of protein, so it is especially important to make sure that we consume enough protein in our diet to give our hair what it needs to look, feel and grow its best. Not consuming enough protein in our diet could lead to hair and scalp-related issues such as restricted growth and even excess hair fall.
Though the ingredients and protein source within this recipe has been carefully selected and put together to aid with hair growth, they are also essential nutrients for other areas of our bodies, such as our cardiovascular system, immune system, and can be helpful with digestive support as leafy greens and seeds are high in fiber.
2. Olive Oil is known to be high in antioxidants as well as for having anti-inflammatory properties. Olive oil is a fantastic cooking oil and dressing ingredient because it will deliver your body essential antioxidants to help protect your hair from free-radical damage and help with soothing inflammation that may prevent your body from growing healthy hair and protecting current hair strands. Like salmon, olive oil is also rich in fatty acids making it a great addition to promoting and supporting hair growth as part of this protein salad recipe.
3. Mixed Greens are great because they allow you to try various lettuces, different textures, and offer many nutrients. Leafy vegetables are essential for hair growth, and a key ingredient in this protein salad recipe, because they are high in vitamins such as vitamin A, C, and beta carotene, each of which are essential nutrients for helping our cells build healthy hair strands.
4. Pepitas or pumpkin seeds are the little green seeds you see in this image. They are found on the inside of the white shells and are often roasted and dusted with sea salt. You may have also seen these seeds being enjoyed at baseball games! Though pepitas are a tasty snack they are also an important in this protein salad recipe because they are healthy for our hair. Like salmon, pepitas are rich in protein and healthy fats making them nutrient dense for our hair. In addition to being high in protein and healthy fats pepitas also contain magnesium and inflammation calming zinc. Read more about the benefits of zinc for hair on our blog!
5. Did you know that red onions are great for our hair? It is true! Red onions are high in a nutrient called sulfur which may prevent hair loss by helping the body produce collagen, promoting the building of new hair follicles. Red onions are a powerful ingredient in this protein salad recipe because of their antioxidant and vitamin-rich properties!