We are what we eat. Right down to the last strand of hair on our bodies. So many of us overly concern ourselves with what we put on our hair externally to keep it healthy that we totally neglect to nourish our manes from within. Hair is mostly made of keratin, a protein, but there are numerous other vitamins and minerals that add to the vitality of our hair, so we have to eat properly and drink enough water throughout the day to keep our hair fortified and hydrated from the inside out.
Luckily, there are a number of foods that are said to promote hair health due to being rich in certain nutrients and minerals. Take this Watercress and Avocado Salad, for example. Watercress is a leafy green that is chock full of vitamins, but in particular, its high sulfur component makes it good for hair. Avocado is full of heart-friendly fats and is a nutrient-dense food that will help to make hair shiny and skin soft and supple. This recipe also contains grapefruit. Full of Vitamin C, a known collagen builder, the grapefruit works in synergy here with the watercress because Vitamin C facilitates sulfur absorption in the body.
I found this recipe on About.com. If you’re looking to add in protein, grilled chicken or shrimp should work nicely as an addition to this flavorful salad.
Watercress and Avocado Salad
- 2 large bunches of watercress
- 1-2 ripe avocados, peeled
- 1 pink grapefruit, peeled
- 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil
- 2 1/2 Tbsp of white wine vinegar
- 1 tsp of white sugar
- 1 Tbsp of Dijon mustard
- 1 clove of garlic, grated
- 1/2 tsp of sea salt
- Wash the watercress and then pull off all the leaves and small stems and place them in a bowl. Set aside. Discard the thick stems.
- In a separate bowl mix together the oil, vinegar, sugar, Dijon mustard, garlic and salt. Stir quickly with a fork to emulsify the liquid. Set aside.
- Cut the avocado in half and discard the skin and seed. Chop avocado into bite-sized pieces or slice thinly.
- Cut and quarter the grapefruit and then slice to desired size.
- Add the avocado and grapefruit to the watercress and drizzle on some dressing.
- Gently toss the ingredients and then serve immediately.
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