Beetroot has come a long way from being seen as something pickled in a jar. This fibrous, sweet and iron rich root vegetable has been used since the Roman times where it had a reputation for being a blood purifier and cleanser of the liver and intestines. Continue reading “Let’s talk about beets, baby…”
So lets talk about beetroot. Originally cultivated for its nutritious green leaves, these days the eating trend is for the bulb itself. My childhood memories of beetroot were distinctly picked and sliced and stacked high on supermarket shelves. With our harsh climate in mind, it was of course a necessity to preserve produce during cold long winter months but it also meant I never really tasted the fresh variety until much later on.
Beetroot is naturally sweet and therefore high in carbohydrates but used sparingly it has a myriad of health benefits which is unique to this rather lovely red root vegetable. Grated into a green salad it adds colour and that particularly earthy flavour that is unmistakably beetroot. Juicing is another great way of extracting the nutrients – just don’t forget to juice the green leaves too as they contain anti-oxidants and useful minerals such as zink and magnesium. Continue reading “The Beauty of Beetroot”
Following on from Dr. Junger’s advice of giving our digestion a bit of a break, I decided to finish off the evening the same way as I started my morning. With a juice! This time a pink one, courtesy of the beetroot from my Abel & Cole veg delivery. Beetroot adds a musty yet sweet flavour to drinks which I’ve always enjoyed but may not be everyone’s cup of tea. However, beetroot is a potent detoxifier and blood purifier – a real immunity booster. It is packed with vitamin B and C, a liver cleanser and supplier of iron which can be beneficial for those prone to anemia. It’s beautiful colour makes almost any drink look appetising, just remember to handle with care, the beetroot juice is not for the sloppy handed and can stain skin and clothes which can be near impossible to get off!
Here is what went into this AM and PM’s juice:
Beetroot Dream Juice
1/2 head of celery
5-6 leaves of romaine lettuce
2 big handfuls of chopped kale
2″ ginger root
2 beetroot, uncooked
Juice and enjoy! Top tip: if you feel the pulp is still a bit wet, re-fill the juice chute with the pulp and juice again. You’ll be amazed how much extra juice you’ll gain by doing this. Night night. x