Learn how to turn avocado into a dessert and how this superfood helps moisturize your dry hair
This post was written by and created in partnership with wellness blogger and plant-based recipe creator Kate Van Horn, of "She Be Kale In It" and has been adapted for this site.
I’ve really stepped up my hair care game...
My hair has been on point these days thanks to the release of Pureology’s brand new Superfood Treatment hair masks.
I’m excited to be partnering with Pureology this fall to bring you recipes inspired by their newest hair masks. Last month, I featured a Goji Lime Smoothie featuring the Pureology Strength Cure Superfood Treatment mask for damaged hair, and you can check that out here! Next up is a wintery, holiday dessert recipe using chocolate, peppermint and avocado to make a creamy chocolate mint mousse!
What are the benefits of avocados?
Avocados are what I like to call nature’s butter. They’re a great replacement for butter on toast, and lend a creamy texture to salads, dips, etc. I mean does anyone NOT like guacamole? I didn’t think so…
From a nutritional standpoint, avocado is great because it provides your body the following:
- Heart-healthy monounsaturated fats
- Tons of fiber
- More potassium than a banana
- Lowers cholesterol levels
- Great source of plant based protein
As for the Hydrate mask? It’s SO hydrating. Like, intense hydration which is ideal now that the weather is so cold! You may not realize, but the dry and cold air this time of year can do some damage to your hair and skin.
As part of the Pureology Hydrate Collection, the Pureology Hydrate Superfood Treatment mask for dry hair is formulated with all vegan ingredients to deeply moisturize, soften and manage unruly hair. It also smells ah-mazing and doesn't contain any silicone, sulfates or parabens. All things I look for when choosing products for my hair and skin.
How does avocado help your hair??
Because of the high levels of vitamins A, D, E and B avocado is deeply moisturizing. Avocado is also high in proteins, amino acids, magnesium, folic acid, copper and iron and can help with the damaged caused by excessive heat styling and even exposure to sun and chilly fall wind!
The monounsaturated fatty acid content in avocado oil is even higher than extra virgin olive oil— making it incredible for your hair, and these fatty acids, high levels of antioxidants and vitamin E are easily absorbed into our scalp and hair shafts
How often should you use the Hydrate Superfood Treatment mask?
Simple. After shampooing, apply the Hydrate Superfood Treatment mask from root to tip and let sit for 5 minutes. Rinse! Your hair is going to feel silky and smooth and completely hydrated. As far as frequency, I typically use the mask 1-2x per week and rotate it with my Strength Cure Superfood Treatment mask for damaged hair. Since it has been colder, my hair is needing the extra deep conditioning! You can use the mask more often if you have extra dry hair.
Ready for the avocado recipe? Wondering how I'm going to turn avocado into dessert?
Besides guacamole, there's nothing I love more than chocolate and believe it or not, you can combine the two.
Chocolate Peppermint Avocado Mousse Recipe:
- 2 ripe avocados
- ¼ cup liquid sweetener of choice - maple syrup or agave recommended
- ¼ cup dark cocoa powder
- ¼ teaspoon peppermint extract (or vanilla extract if not a fan or mint!)
- Pinch of sea salt
- Fresh Mint to Garnish
Directions: Add all ingredients to a food processor. Process until smooth and evenly mixed, occasionally scraping sides of food processor. Serve immediately and top with nuts, coconut flakes or fresh berries. If there are have leftovers, store in the freezer. Allow to thaw before eating or eat frozen like ice cream!
This guilt-free, dairy-free dessert can literally be made in the time it takes to use your hair mask! Be sure to follow @pureology over on Instagram, and check back in next month while I cover hair care routines for Fall!