To help keep our hair and scalp in the best condition, eating right is one of the best weapons in our arsenal. A balanced diet, rich in nutrients, hair vitamins, minerals and antioxidants is essential. And it’s difficult to find a dish better suited for these requirements than a delicious Teriyaki Tofu Bowl. This dish is a treat for your taste buds and it’s packed with benefits for your hair and scalp. Here’s the lowdown on why this dish is so good for hair and scalp health. And we’ve got an easy Teriyaki Tofu Bowl recipe for you too!
Teriyaki Tofu Bowl: Ingredients And Their Benefits
Here’s how the amazing ingredients in our Teriyaki Tofu Bowl recipe benefit your hair and scalp:
Tofu – A Protein Superstar
Keratin is the building block protein of your hair, skin and nails. It makes up around 90% of your hair and it protects the inner core and outer layer of each strand. Keratin is also a key component of your skin and protects it from damage and infection, so plays a vital role in maintaining scalp health. Tofu is a protein powerhouse, and eating it will help your body with producing keratin.
The humble avocado delivers vitamins B and E in a big way! “E” plays a major role in the body’s defences and helps repair damage on the skin and scalp. Meanwhile, the avocado is rich in vitamin B7. Also known as Biotin, it helps produce keratin. And Biotin deficiency is known to contribute to hair loss in women too!
Rich in vitamins A and C. “A” helps in sebum production, so very important in moisturising the scalp. “C” boosts the production of another key protein, collagen. And hair follicles use this connective protein to produce keratin.
Cucumbers contain silica and sulphur. Silica helps in strengthening hair strands, reducing brittleness and breakage. Sulphur is an important component of our good friend keratin, so great for giving hair and scalp a helping hand!
Carrots & Broccoli
These vegetables are delicious and are crammed full of beneficial nutrients. You’ll find these in our Teriyaki Tofu Bowl recipe too! Carrots are loaded with vitamin A, and broccoli is rich in A and C too. You’ll also find lots of iron in broccoli, which helps to ensure proper blood circulation to the scalp and hair follicles, carrying oxygen and all those vital scalp and hair vitamins and nutrients.
Our Teriyaki Tofu Bowl recipe also contains sesame, in the form of oil and seeds. Sesame oil has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, so great for your scalp. And the seeds are rich in zinc. Poor levels of zinc have been linked with hair loss. And crucially, Zinc can’t be made in the body. So, it must come from the diet, so grab it when you can!
Teriyaki Tofu Bowl Recipe
What tastier way to deliver these brilliant ingredients into your body than with our Teriyaki Tofu Bowl recipe? So easy to make too!
Serves 1 and takes 40 minutes from start to serve.
1 tofu block
½ red cabbage
1 head of broccoli
50ml teriyaki sauce
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 tsp soy sauce
160ml brown rice
1 tbsp sesame seeds
Follow instructions on brown rice packaging to cook
Preheat oven to 180c
Press the tofu by wrapping in a tea towel. Then, place under a heavy book for half an hour.
Meanwhile finely slice red cabbage and peel and grate the carrots. Then slice cucumber into matchsticks, chop broccoli into bite-size florets and peel and slice the avocado.
Chop the pressed tofu in to 1.5cm chunks, coat with 30ml teriyaki sauce, coating well. Then toss the broccoli in sesame oil and soy sauce. Transfer the tofu and broccoli to 2 separate dishes and roast of 15 minutes.
Toss red cabbage in the juice of 1 lime. Finally, season with salt and pepper.
Add the cooked brown rice to a bowl and top with all the veggies and tofu. Add a sprinkle of sesame seeds and a drizzle of teriyaki sauce. The Teriyaki Tofu Bowl recipe is good to go!
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