Friday, March 12, 2010

Beet It


No one can deny the healing power of food. Beets, whether you like them or not, are one of the most powerful vegetables in the worrrrrrlllld.
  • High in folate (important B vitamin, especially for women of child-bearing age)
  • High in Fiber!
  • Vitamin C
  • Potassium
  • Important Minerals- Iron, Copper, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Manganese
  • Betacyanin- Cancer-fighting agent making them red/orange
  • Liver detoxification assistant- great for juicing during cleanses!!
Track your bowel transit time! This a great way of monitoring how your digestion is working. Simply eat beets and look down when you get up from the toilet for the next couple days (don't even pretend that you don't already). Ideally, you want between 8 and 14 hours for bowel transit but it can take a few days depending on your system. Some people tend to be constipated, well since beets are high in fiber, they help move things along quite nicely too!
You can bake 'em, boil 'em, steam 'em, juice 'em or eat 'em raw. Here's a great EASY and quick recipe to get your fill.

          2 Beet root bulbs- save the greens for a salad or juicing!
          2 Carrots (optional)
          1/4 cup Red Onion- diced

        1. Rinse the beets and carrots
        2. Peel veggies lightly (don't really have to if organic)
        3. Grate them with a cheese grater
        4. Throw it all together with onion in a small bowl.
        5. Add a tablespoon or two of rice vinegar.
        6. EAT.

        So many ways to incorporate beets into your life. Do not get stuck thinking those gross slimy, red canned balls are the only way to eat the delicious root of life.

        As mentioned, beets are great for helping the liver to detoxify. We are approaching the SPRING EQUINOX this weekend. Think about ways to help cleanse the mind and body whilst preparing for the change of seasons. See the these old posts for ideas on how to lightly cleanse the body...


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