My heart skips a beat for beets

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By: Leanne Ely

 

It’s time once again for Tricks, Tips and a Recipe. Today you’ll learn a tip, a trick and you’ll get a great recipe to try it out with. Neat, huh?

Today’s focus is on: BEETS

There’s nothing like a gorgeous purple beet sliced onto a salad, roasted in the oven, or juiced with some greens and other veggies to make a beautifully colored glass of deliciousness.

What’s this you say? You don’t love beets? Well, maybe you’re just not doing it right!

Beets are in season now and they are one of those root veggies you should not be walking past without bagging up for dinner. Not only are beets delicious and beautiful, they are full of nutrients like magnesium, vitamin C, fiber and folate.

As I mentioned, you can enjoy beets raw in juice or salads, or you can cook them in a variety of ways. Steam them, stir fry them or roast them and see how you enjoy them best. Don’t forget to top them with butter or a squeeze of lemon juice and salt and pepper. Mmm, mmm!

Here is a helpful beet Trick:

That red beet juice can stain your skin and your clothes so be cautious of what you wear when you’re handling beets. Wear gloves if you want to prevent skin stains. If you do happen to get some of the juice on your hands, lemon juice will help remove it.

Here is a Tip:

Beets are one of the crops in the US which are allowed to be genetically modified. For this reason, buy organic beets or look for the Non-GMO Project verified seal to avoid consuming GMOs.

And here is a delicious beet Recipe:

Sweet Beet and Spinach Juice
Recipe 8 – Serves 6

INGREDIENTS:
2 medium red beets
2 medium carrots
1 thick slice ginger root
1/2 lemon, peeled, leaving pith
1/2 cucumber
1 cup spinach
5 kale leaves
1 chard leaf
1/2 cup parsley

INSTRUCTIONS:
All ingredients are best organic. Wash and dry all ingredients, and run through the juicer one at a time. For smaller leaves, like parsley, bunch them together tightly to form a “solid” leaf vegetable for better juicing. Chill (if desired), stir, and enjoy!

Now, as I mentioned, beets are awesome in juices and speaking of juice, we have a great webinar in the works for tonight with Dr. Josh Axe who is going to teach us everything we need to know about juicing for our health! It’s the Juicing Breakthrough webinar. Sign up here!

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0 Responses

  1. This looks like a great recipe. Can’t wait to try it. Do you juice the leaves also, or just the beet itself?

    1. I use and love my Vitamix instead of a juicer. I’ve had at least 2 Juiceman Juicers, which I liked, but never used the fiber, but now I have the Vitamix and use every part of the veggies I can. I use the leaves like other greens.
      I am so glad I read this article. I got beets in an urban grocery, where the produce tends to be conventional, and saw the Organic twister on them. Since the organic produce tends to be very limited in this store (not a high demand) I falsely assumed that all beets in this store were organic i.e.: non-GMO. I will be sure and read EVERY twister label from now on. I also advocate home grown gardening. The local nurseries are very helpful for those wanting to do organic gardening.

      1. Love my Vitamix, too. I thought all the GMO beets were being grown solely for turning into sugar! Very hard to find beets organically grown during the winter (I grow my own).

  2. I’d like to know if I can make this with my blender instead of a juicer? I have a NutriBlast, and can really pulverize this. Should I strain out the fiber after it’s pulverized? I hate to waste good produce!

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