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The Healthy Hair Menu: The Meal Plan That Can Help Your Mane Survive The Holidays

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The holiday season is finally here, and there are two things we can’t wait to do: Eat tons of junk food and style our manes into the most Insta-worthy holiday party hairstyles. As much as we love to hit every holiday party with a new ‘do, the constant styling can start to take a toll on our manes, and the unfortunate truth is that the candy canes, pies, and cakes probably aren’t helping much.

What if we told you, you could eat your way to a healthier body—and that includes your hair? And not just with any old food, but the foods you already know and love to eat during the holiday season! Whether you’ve been counting down the days until turkey day or are not-so-patiently waiting to eggnog season, we’ve rounded up 10 holiday foods that can help your mane survive the holiday season. So go ahead, flat iron your mane and throw a sparkly accessory in your hair—these superfoods have got you covered!

The Healthiest Holiday Food To Eat Now

Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin pie may be the star of the show on Thanksgiving, but it’s what’s inside of the pumpkin that’s going to help you achieve your healthiest hair ever. When you’re cutting up your harvest pumpkin, don’t throw out the seeds; instead, rinse them off and roast them for a delicious snack that’s good for you and your hair. Pumpkin seeds have high levels of zinc, magnesium, essential fatty acids, and antioxidants, all of which are building blocks of healthy hair.

Collard Greens

Everyone knows dark leafy greens are good for your health but did you also know that they’re good for your hair? Collard greens are one of your favorite vegetables of the holiday season, and they’re full of vitamin A, C, and iron!

Almonds

Eat them for a snack or sprinkle slivered almonds on your green beans to help get your daily serving of protein, fiber, vitamins E, and biotin—your strands will thank you!

Sweet Potatoes

Whether you mash, bake, roast, soufflé, or scallop your sweet potatoes, this Thanksgiving you’ll reap the benefits of beta carotene, an antioxidant that turns into vitamin A once digested.

Turkey

You probably don’t need to be convinced to eat turkey this holiday season, but just in case you do, the lean meat is loaded with protein to help strengthen your body and mane!

Cranberries

Whether you’re crafting a holiday cocktail or plan on loading up your plate with the colorful berries, your body and mane will reap all of the benefits of this antioxidant-rich fruit.

Salmon

Thanksgiving isn’t the only holiday with a signature dish. If you’re celebrating the Feast of Seven Fishes, be sure salmon is on your menu. The fish is loaded with protein, vitamin D, and omega-3 fatty acids to help keep you feeling strong.

Beef

Turkey may get all the love on Thanksgiving, but if you can’t give thanks without a juicy steak, you’re in luck. Beef is rich in iron, a mineral that’s essential for the health of your body and mane.

Cinnamon

No holiday dish, beverage, or healthy hair care routine is complete without a sprinkle of cinnamon. The aromatic spice contains antioxidants, potassium, and calcium to help you look and feel healthy. Healthy body = healthy mane.

Eggs

Eggnog anyone? Eggnog is a staple holiday beverage and the eponymous ingredient is packed with tons of protein and biotin, both of which are known to help strengthen hair.

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