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Are you looking for meal ideas and recipes that draw on the dandruff-preventing properties of specific foods? In this section, you'll find a repertoire of anti-dandruff recipes that call for some of the most powerful food remedies for dandruff, including asparagus, sesame seeds, ginger, apples, onions and salmon. If you are new to this Guide to Combating Dandruff Naturally, you may also want to check out the diet section as well as the food section which provide more general information about how certain eating habits can help prevent dandruff.

Steamed Asparagus with Sesame Seeds

4 servings

Turbo-charge your anti-dandruff diet by eating asparagus, a highly nutritious vegetable that is packed with B vitamins which have been shown to help reduce dandruff. The sesame seeds featured in this mouth-watering dish provide plenty of zinc which may help control the Pityrosporum ovale fungus which is believed to cause dandruff.

Ingredients
1 tbsp sesame seeds
2 lbs asparagus
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
2 tsp sesame oil
2 tsp fresh ginger, grated
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Directions
Stir sesame seeds in a hot non-stick frying pan until they are golden brown.
In a small bowl, whisk together lemon juice, olive oil, sesame oil, ginger, and salt and pepper.
Prepare a steamer with boiling water. Add asparagus, cover, and steam until tender crisp, about 3-5 minutes. Pour oil and ginger mixture over asparagus.
Transfer to a serving platter. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Dandruff-Fighting Carrot Muffins

Yields 12 muffins

These heavenly muffins are gluten-free and therefore suitable for people who are sensitive to gluten. The carrots featured in these muffins provide an abundance of B vitamins.

Ingredients
1 egg
1 cup rice milk
4 tbsp canola oil
2 cups quinoa flour or other gluten-free flour
1 tsp guar gum
1 tbsp flaxseed meal
3 1/2 tsp gluten-free baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup organic carrots, grated
1/4 cup raisins

Directions
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C, gas mark 6)
Beat together egg, rice milk, and canola oil. Combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl.
Add liquid ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until just blended (do not over-mix). Fold in grated carrots and raisins.
Fill 12 paper muffin cups with batter (about two thirds full). Bake for 20 minutes.

Beet and Carrot Soup

Serves 4

This recipe combines beets and carrots to create a lovely crimson soup that is rich in nutrients that help fight dandruff. This recipe pairs two delicious root vegetables to create an impeccable weapon for fighting dandruff. This recipe also calls for ginger which has been shown to possess strong anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties and which may therefore help reduce dandruff.

Ingredients
3 medium beets, peeled and diced
1 tbsp canola oil
1 cup onion, chopped
1 pound carrots, diced
1 tbsp fresh ginger, minced
1 garlic clove, minced
1.4 litres (6 U.S. cups) vegetable stock
Directions
Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Sauté onion until golden brown. Add ginger and garlic and cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently.
Add beets, carrots, and stock. Reduce heat to low and simmer covered until beets and carrots are tender, about 25 minutes.
In a food processor, purée soup in batches. Taste soup and adjust seasonings.
Serve hot or cold, garnished with cilantro leaves.

Ginger and Cucumber Salad

Serves 4


For thousands of years, ginger has been used to aid in the digestion of dietary fats and protein, and to calm and soothe the digestive tract. These effects may be particularly beneficial for people whose dandruff is caused by improper digestion. In addition, ginger may help fight dandruff due to its strong anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties.

Ingredients
2 cucumbers, diced
2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
1 tsp agave nectar
1 tbsp canola oil
1/3 cup pickled ginger, drained
Chopped mint leaves, to taste
Salt to taste
Directions
In a medium bowl, combine diced cucumbers and ginger.
Whisk together vinegar, agave nectar, canola oil, and mint leaves. Pour over cucumbers and ginger. Toss and season with salt. Let marinate refrigerated for 3 hours.
Divide onto plates, and garnish as desired.

Apple and Onion Soup

6 servings

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, goes the old adage. But according to many naturopaths, apples can also keep dandruff at bay. Also the onions in this soup may be helpful as they are rich in pyridoxine, a vitamin that is believed to help treat dandruff.

Ingredients
1 tbsp canola oil
2 medium yellow onions, sliced
1 small leek, chopped
1/2 tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped
1/2 tbsp fresh thyme
3 organic apples, cut into small dices
6 cups fat-free, low-sodium vegetable broth
Directions
Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onions and sauté until golden.
Pour in the broth and bring to boil over medium-high heat. Add apples, and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for 10 minutes.
Season with salt and pepper, if desired. Ladle into soup bowls and serve.

Chocolate-Free "Chocolate Pudding"

Even if your dandruff is linked to an allergy or intolerance to chocolate, you can still enjoy the mellow sweetness and rich texture of a "chocolate" pudding – as long as it's made with carob! Carob flour, made from the pots of the carob tree, boasts a sweet, slightly cocoa-like flavor but is considered hypoallergenic. In addition to carob, this pudding is rich in nutrients that help control and prevent dandruff, including B vitamins and zinc.

Ingredients
3/4 cup water
1/3 cup dates, chopped
1/8 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp carob powder
1 1/3 cup hot cooked millet
Directions
Mix water and dates in a food processor, and process until smooth. Transfer to a saucepan and bring to a boil.
Remove from heat, and add rest of ingredients.
Blend until smooth. Chill and serve.

Romaine and Smoked Salmon Salad

Serves 2

This salmon salad contains plenty of carrots which are a very good source of B complex vitamins. B vitamins are thought to help reduce dandruff because of the crucial role they play in metabolic processes (it has been suggested that inefficient metabolism could be one of the underlying causes of dandruff). The radishes in this salad promote circulation, facilitating the delivery of the B vitamins to the cells.

Ingredients
1 small head organic romaine lettuce
5 ounces smoked salmon, thinly sliced
2 tomatoes, diced
4 radishes, thinly sliced
1 organic carrot, diagonally sliced
1/2 cucumber, peeled and diced
Juice of half a lemon
1 tsp fresh ginger root, peeled and minced
1 tbsp canola oil
Directions
Arrange romaine lettuce on two plates. Top with salmon, tomatoes, radishes, carrots, and cucumber.
Shake lemon juice, canola oil, and minced ginger in tightly covered jar. Pour over salad.


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