|Beets are often a neglected root vegetable. They have developed a bad reputation because as children beets came from a can packed in what appeared to be a thick red slime. Oddly enough, I liked them. But, as an adult I like them even more because of their sweet fresh taste and cleansing properties.|
Beets are gorgeous red, gold, and sometimes striped root vegetables with long flowing green leaves. Both parts can be eaten and can be found in all seasons which makes it easy to enjoy all of their health benefits and cleansing properties.
Why are beets cleansing? Beets are an anti-inflammatory, alkaline root vegetable with high water content. They contain anti-oxidants which protects our bodies against free radicals and protects against cancer. Beets are high in fiber, magnesium, iron, calcium and folate and contain both Vitamin A and Vitamin C. Beets purify the blood and supports the colon, liver, gallbladder and kidneys.
How to Shop for Beets
Look for firm, vibrant red or gold beets with full crisp greens.
How to Store Beets:
The root portion can be stored for a few weeks in the refrigerator. The greens should be eaten within a few days.
Rinse the greens with water and scrub the root portion as you would a potato.
How to add Beets to your diet
- Add to your green juice for a natural sweetener.
- Blend as a raw soup in or in a smoothie.
- Roasted (use as a side with a pat of organic butter or as a topping for salad).
- Grate raw beets on your salad or add to a wrap.
- Sauté greens with olive oil and garlic and eat as a side.
So long are the days of canned beets with their pink slime. Now that you know the cleansing power of beets, start buying them fresh in the produce section of your grocery store and begin reaping the benefits!
Ryan McGrath is a Weight Loss & Cleansing Coach and Detox Chef. Ryan works with busy professional women who struggle with weight loss and are ready to lose weight without restrictions or rules. Ryan teaches women how to lose weight and maintain weight loss by adopting a cleansing lifestyle free of deprivation by focusing on food and lifestyle changes that are clean, simple and delicious. Ryan’s personal website is http://blissfulliving.net.