I was first introduced to the incredible health benefits of beets while living in Australia. They enjoy putting beets on everything! It is a common food that is added to so many of their dishes! Over here in North America we don’t tend to explore with beets as much as the aussies! The Australians know what’s up when it comes to beets, so here it goes… 5 reasons to drink beet root juice like the aussies!
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- Antioxidant Protection – Many foods contain antioxidant protection. However, what is unique about beets is the unusual type of antioxidants it contains! The colour of beets comes from the antioxidant called betalain, an antioxidant not commonly heard of. It also contains other antioxidants such as manganese and vitamin C. Research is only in the beginning stages to determine the effects of these antioxidants on eye health and nerve tissue health.
- Detoxification – This same unique antioxidant called betalain supports the body in its Phase 2 detoxification process. What does that mean? Well, this is the step that our cells use to attach unwanted toxins to small nutrient groups. This link is critical as it neutralizes the toxins and allows them to pass through our urine, being excreted from the body safely instead of remaining in the body. An important link in Phase 2 is the role of glutathione (another super antioxidant). Beets trigger production of glutathione-S-transferase, an enzyme which hooks toxins in the body to glutathione for removal from the body. As you can see, Beets lovingly help support the bodies natural detox process!
- Anti-inflammatory – Betalains, along with other phytonutrients in beets such as isobetanin and vulgaxanthin (yes, those are a mouthful!) contain many amazing anti-inflammatory properties. These anti-inflammatory benefits aid in the prevention of conditions that are associated with chronic inflammation, such as eczema, diabetes, heart disease, irritable bowel disease and anything ending in “itis,” (ie. Colitis, arthritis, etc).
- Anti-cancer – The combination of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects in beets makes this food a probable option for decreasing the risk of several forms of cancer. Lab studies have even proved this on human tumor cells for colon, stomach, nerve, lung, breast, prostate and testicular cancers!
- Fiber – Beet fiber and carrot fiber are two food types of fiber that provide unique health benefits that contributes to the health of our digestive tract, colon health and cardiovascular system.
Those are merely some of the top health benefits of beets. Beets are a true nutritional powerhouse and definitely worth adding to your diet!
Try our Sweet Beets & Greens Recipe or our Morning Zinger Fresh Beet & Veggie Juice!
Source: www.worldshealthiestfoods.com, The World’s Healthiest Foods
I love ARUGULA! This incredible green has a high sulfur content which is great for keeping skin and hair beautiful. Arugula also contains many other vitamins and minerals, like most other cruciferous greens, and contains compounds that are potent stimulators of natural detoxifying enzymes in the body. This gorgeous green is also high in chlorophyll- an amazing blood cleanser and detoxifier! And best of all, arugula has an incredible peppery, bitter taste that is oh so good! Below is a delicious arugula pesto recipe that is easy to make and can be used in so many dishes. I’ve also included a delicious juice that is the perfect morning pick me up. This juice will energize your cells, detoxify heavy metals, cleanse your blood, and give you a super dose of vitamins and minerals. It sure beats popping a multi-vitamin in the morning!
The Ultimate Juice
1 pear (Bosc or Bartlett)
2-3 romaine lettuce leaves
1/4 inch piece ginger
Half a lemon
1 cup bunched cilantro
Add each veggie/fruit to your juicer one at a time and drink to your health!
1 cup arugula leaves
1 cup Italian parsley
2 cloves garlic
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup Romano cheese
1 tsp Himalayan salt
1/2 tsp lemon juice, freshly squeezed
Place all ingredients into a blender or food processor and puree.
I love adding this pesto to spelt or kamut pasta, roasted veggies or using it as a spread in sandwiches and wraps. It’s also great with fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and cucumbers. I even eat it for breakfast on sprouted toast with avocado and tomato. It’s so delicious!
Happy Meatless Monday, have an amazing day!
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Meatless Mondays week 7! Let’s cook up some beets! I find that this amazing veggie gets left behind because it takes long to cook, but it must not be forgotten!! Beets are loaded with potassium and folate, great for your liver and are super blood purifiers! This simple recipe is delicious and makes the perfect summer side dish!
Sweet Beets & Greens
6 medium whole beets (about 2 bunches), greens removed and set aside
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided
2 tbsp water
2 medium shallots, finely chopped
Beet greens, washed and coarsely chopped
Dash salt & pepper
Freshly squeezed lemon juice
Scrub beets well & steam them whole over boiling water for 30 minutes. Large beets may need 40 minutes. Once steamed, run beets under cold water and gently peel off the skins. Chop beets into bite sized chunks and place in a medium bowl.
In a small bowl, whisk together vinegar, 2 tbsps olive oil, salt, pepper and squeeze of lemon juice. Pour the mixture over the beets and set aside.
In a large sauté pan, heat the remaining olive oil over medium-low heat. Add the shallots and sauté for 2 minutes. Add the chopped greens and cover. Simmer for 5-7 minutes, until greens are wilted. Add the beets and heat through for a minute. Serve immediately.
And for dessert….. Grilled Pineapple with Maple Syrup
Pineapples are incredibly refreshing! Not only do I enjoy adding this sweet fruit to my morning smoothie to reap the benefits of the protein digesting enzyme bromelain; but I truly enjoy pineapples as a sweet dessert treat! Plus, pineapples are loaded with vitamin C and manganese!
1 fresh pineapple, peeled, cored and cut into 1/3 to 1/2 inch rings
2 tbsp ground cinnamon
2 tbsp cane sugar
2-3 tbsp grade B maple syrup
In a bowl, mix together cinnamon and cane sugar. Sprinkle pineapple slices (both sides) with cinnamon and sugar mixture. Grill each side for approx. 2 minutes. Arrange slices on a platter and drizzle with maple syrup.
Happy Healthy Monday!