Simply Healthy Family: Fight the Holiday Fat ~ Delicious Snacks and Light Meals! ~ All about Beets

27.11.10

Fight the Holiday Fat ~ Delicious Snacks and Light Meals! ~ All about Beets

So who got through Thanksgiving without stuffing themselves silly?  * hangs head in shame...
I pep talked myself till I was sick of hearing the sound of my own voice but managed to fill my plate and go back for seconds when it came down to it. That wouldn't be so bad except that while we are extremely lucky in that we have lots of family close by, it also means we have 2 or 3 T-Day dinners and are sent home with left over rolls and pies galore! Even my 5 year old, Jack exclaimed as we made our way to Papa and Nanna's for our 3rd ( his 4th including his Kindergarten feast) holiday party "Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving! Is it ever going to end!" 



 It's o.k., I'm not complaining really I just need to nip it in the bud and stick to a mostly
Raw veggie/fruit and whole grains and legume diet so I will still fit into my jeans after Christmas!
Here are some of my favorite low-calorie, vitamin rich snacks and light meals.













Last week I was at the grocery store with my 4 year old, Nolan and he pointed to some bunches of Organic beets and said "What's that?" I realized that we have only ever had pickled beets in our salads and immediately picked up a bunch of beets to take home with us.





Simple Beet and Orange Salad

To Make Salad:
In a medium sauce pan, bring 3 cups of water to a boil. Trim and wash beets, no need to peel. Cut them into 2 inch pieces to cut down on cooking time! Boil gently for 30-40 minutes until fork pierces them easily.
Remove, let cool. Skins should slide off very easily now.  Toss cooled beets with orange segments and squeeze some orange juice over top. Fresh mint would be lovely tossed in with this salad!




I hope you take the time to read through these amazing health benefits of beets!



NUTRITION:
Beets are surprisingly sweet and mild tasting and make an excellent snack with oranges and in salads.

They are super easy to prepare and are a vitamin mega veggie with very high levels of A, B1, B2, B6 and C!

While the sweet beet root has some of the minerals in its greens to a lesser degree, it is also a remarkable source of choline, folic acid, iodine, manganese, organic sodium, potassium, fiber and carbohydrates in the form of natural digestible sugars.

The beets belong to the same family as chard and spinach. Beet leaves have a bitter taste like chard, but are rich in chlorophyll and higher in iron than spinach! Although bitter, the greens have a higher nutritional value than its roots. The greens have high levels of calcium, magnesium, copper, phosphorus, sodium and iron.


Both beet root and beet greens are very powerful cleansers and builders of the blood.

 HEALTH BENEFITS:

Beets have long been known for its amazing health benefits for almost every part of the body.

  • Acidosis: Its alkalinity is essential and effective in combating acidosis.

  • Anemia: The high content of iron in beets regenerates and reactivates the red blood cells and supplies fresh oxygen to the body. The copper content in beets help make the iron more available to the body. A great blood builder.

  • Atherosclerosis: This wonderful crimson juice is a powerful solvent for inorganic calcium deposits that cause the arteries to harden.

  • Blood pressure: All its healing and medicinal values effectively normalizes blood pressure, lowering high blood pressure or elevating low blood pressure.

  • Cancer: Betaine, an amino acid in beet root, has significant anti-cancer properties. Studies show that beets juice inhibits formation of cancer-causing compounds and is protective against colon or stomach cancer.

  • Constipation: The cellulose content helps to ease bowel movements. Drinking beets juice regularly will help relieve chronic constipation.

  • Detoxification: The choline from this wonderful juice detoxifies not only the liver, but also the entire system of excessive alcohol abuse, provided consumption is ceased.

  • Gastric ulcer: Mix honey with your beets juice and drink two or three times a week on an empty stomach (more frequently if your body is familiar with beets juice). It helps speed up the healing process.

  • Gall bladder and kidney ailments: Coupled with carrot juice, the superb cleansing virtues are exceptional for curing ailments relating to these two organs.





Choosing and Storing Beets: Choose beet roots that are firm and unwrinkled. With the greens attached, beets can keep for only three to four days in the fridge as the root has to supply moisture to the leaves. Without the greens attached, beet root can keep for a couple of weeks.

Beets with round bottoms are sweeter than flat-bottomed ones. Eat beets fresh to enjoy its flavor better. Do not overheat beets when cooking as heat destroys all the essential nutrients. Remove the skin before cooking.



 HOW CAN YOU GET MORE BEETS INTO YOUR DIET?
  1. Boil, steam or pickle them and add them to salads.
  2. Eat them with a variety of fruits and veggies, they are sweet all by themselves!
  3. Juice them or blend them with other fruits or veggies for an amazing detox!

A Word of Caution!
Individuals with a history of oxalate-containing kidney stones should limit their consumption of beets.


As beetroot juice is very potent, do not consume too much, especially if your body is not yet accustomed to it. For a beginner, start with the juice of half a medium-sized beetroot once a week, slowly increasing to one whole beetroot a week.

This delicious juice is so potent that it may cause some dizziness during cleansing as toxins are being eliminated. This process may cause some discomfort but there is nothing to be alarmed about. During this time, drink plenty water also to flush out the toxic materials.













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4 comments:

  1. Wonderful colors and so vibrant !

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  2. I don't cook with beets very often, which is such a shame! I just saw a beautiful bunch at the farmer's market yesterday. I will have to pick up some next weekend. The colors are just stunning in this salad, and I loved learning about all the nutritional benefits of this darkly hued veggie. Thank you so much for sharing. I hope you have a wonderful Monday!

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  3. I love beets and orange is such a nice accompaniment for them. All their health benefits really are amazing. Thanks for all of these great informative points. Having a nice beet salad like this afer shoving my face on Thanksgiving (and then the leftovers for the next 3 days)would totally make me feel less guilty!

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  4. I love beets and orange is such a nice accompaniment for them. All their health benefits really are amazing. Thanks for all of these great informative points. Having a nice beet salad like this afer shoving my face on Thanksgiving (and then the leftovers for the next 3 days)would totally make me feel less guilty!

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