First, let me say this… you can only drink so much green juice. I love my green juice but there are other colors in the rainbow and universe that your body craves… whether you know it now or not.
I have been craving beets, so in today’s post, I’m going to share The Why, The How And The Beet Low-Down with you and then at the end of the blog, I have a video of a couple of boys with “beats” that I’m digg’n this week that you must see.
Why beets? Unstoppable energy, that’s why.
(if you’re already a lover like me, read anyway, you’ll boost your confidence)
Uses — fevers, kidney stones, constipation, healing, immune system, heart disease, digestion, blood, antioxidant, arthritis, anti-inflammatory, fungicidal, detoxification, anti-cancer properties.
People who eat lots of beets tend to live long.
So beets have this stuff called “betalain” and it’s what gives the beet that fantastic color. You can really eat any part of the beet plant.
Beets and things like goji berries have this great color and a great affect on our liver, hormones and estrogen. Bad periods? Eat up.
I want you to know that food, herbs and plants are perfectly capable of being your primary way of life for healing if you would allow them to be.
One of my 2014 desires has everything to do with optimizing my health and being as exceptional as possible and of course sharing with and serving others in the process.
I want limitless energy and beets are awesome at this. You may know that I have a program on sugar addiction called Winning The Sugar Game set to open up again in a few months, so let’s talk sugar for a minute.
Beets are high in sugar but they come into your bloodstream like a slow canoe chill’n down the river versus refined sugar which is much more like a white-water rafting trip in your blood. You are getting the fiber and a rich source of natural energy with beets. It’s amazing.
TAKE THE QUIZ
I often talk about making sure you have good digestion and that being the root to great health. Eating beets are your little quiz to testing your stomach acid levels. You might pee red. Yes, your urine might turn red. Don’t freak out, you are not dying or peeing blood but this does tell you something important.
Pink urine: you have low stomach acid. Cut out sugars, fructose (excess fruit, processed foods and bread-products. Add in some ginger, probiotics apple cider vinegar, fermented foods or warm lemon water to amp things up.
Clear urine: you have normal stomach acid levels.. drink and eat more beets. Yay!
(note: your poo can turn red too… another reminder to increase your digestion)
Yes, beets are a natural aphrodisiac (beets contain boron which connects with human sex hormones). Slip your sweetie one or two of the recipes below and you’ll both be quite happy this week.
Beets are really nutrient-dense and full of vitamins and minerals. If you are driving a fine sports car, you are putting in the best fuel, right?
Since you are a really FINE HUMAN, put in the beet fuel. There are so many vitamins and minerals to name… B-vitamins, iron, magnesium, folic acid…
Below I have some recommendations for purchasing beets and consuming them, but first remember that beets are a cold month veggie so they serve you well to relax during these winter months and help depression. They lower your blood pressure and help you to chill the heck out! (beets = deep breath and smiles)
To Do List.
– Buy beets (local, organic and raw/whole – not canned or packaged).
– Make juice (you will get more from the juice versus cooking. Cooking is good, but it doesn’t compare to beet juice or beet smoothies).
Juice or drink your beets.
I like both, smoothies provide the fiber and I also like to add in a protein with my beet juice sometimes.
Here are some ideas:
ABC Juice: apple, beet, carrot
Pain Relief: carrot, lime, apple, celery, cucumber, ginger, turmeric, beets, apple cider vinegar (1 tbsp)
Digestion Kick: beet, carrot, ginger, parsley
Sweet Treat: Coconut water, beets, soaked cashews, frozen strawberries
Pickle your beets.
Peel the beets and then grate them. In a bowl, add water, apple cider vinegar (unpasteurized), sea salt, herbs/spices and you can add stevia if you want to sweeten them up. Let them stand for about 8 hours or overnight at room temperature.
Eat your beets.
Beets are great on salads.
You could bake beets with dill, salt, pepper and a little extra virgin olive oil at 350 for about 30 minutes.
Besides, beets, some of my favorite daily breaks are dancing “beats” and the following 5 minutes of these 2 boys with beats will be worth your time (and they are cute)
Do you have a way you really love to eat your beets or a smoothie/juice recipe to share? Share below in the comments.
PS. Speaking of “B”, B-School is Open! If you’re a biz owner or you want to own a business, I cannot recommend B-School enough if you want a business that thrives, impacts people and thrives in today’s world of marketing. It was so crucial for me and I’m doing the program for a 3rd time this year because it’s that good. All the details are here and there is a wonderful free video training here too.
Don’t forget the boys with beats video below… it’s great.