{Berry Citrus Beet Juice: another detox recipe}

Summary: This juice is a sweet and satisfying way of detoxing and cleansing your body…but beware! For those who haven’t experimented with beet before; it is eliminated both by the gastrointestinal system and the urinary system. So don’t call a … Continue reading

{Beetroot Hummus Sandwich}

Summary:  Caramelized onions cooked with balsamic vinegar, meaty mushrooms, wilted spinach, melted swiss cheese, and beetroot hummus complete this vegetarian sandwich. Trust me…you won’t miss the meat with all of these flavors. Producing vegetarian sandwiches or light lunches on the … Continue reading

{Chickpea how do I love thee: Traditional Chickpea Hummus + Sweet & Spicy Beetroot Hummus}

Summary: Football season is here. Even if we don’t like it, guys are going to want to watch it. They even might call up their friends and get together. So instead of letting his friends scavenge through your fridge – prep … Continue reading

{Arugula, Beet & Avocado Salad}

*This recipe is adapted from Giada di Laurentis “Beet and Goat Cheese Arugula Salad”

Summary: 

This makes a great side salad. The flavors are subtle but work nicely with each other.  Beets offer protection against coronary artery disease and stroke; lower cholesterol levels within the body, and have anti-aging effects. Additionally they are considered a great detox food. Cooking & adding flavor to beets can be tricky. TIP for best results: after cooking the beet and letting it cool slightly, soak the pieces in the salad dressing for about 5 min. This will help enhance the flavor. Avocados are packed with vitamins and omega-3 FAs which are good oils. In conclusion all the savory ingredients in this salad help protect you against cardiovascular disease. Be healthy, be happy & enjoy! 

Servings: makes 3 to 4 side salads

Ingredients:
3 cups arugula leaves
2 cups spinach leaves
1/2 large beet
2 tbsp dried cranberries
1/2 cup red onion, thinly sliced
1/2 avocado, cubed
2 tbsp sliced almonds
3 tbsp herbed goat cheese

Directions:
1. COOKING THE BEET:
Do not peel or remove the skin of the beet this will help preserve its nutrition and color. Slice the beet into 1 in slices. Cut in half. Add to a pot with water. Add 1/4 tsp of brown sugar, 1/4 tsp of salt and a bit of olive oil. Cook on high for 30-50 min. I suggest inserting a fork into the beet slices after 30 min. to asses if they are cooked. You’ll know if they are cooked because the fork will easily go through.

2. After the beet is cooked: Drain. Remove the skin with a knife. Cut into 1 inch cubes. Let cool for about 8-10 min. IMPT – do not skip this step! If you add the beet while it’s hot, the avocado and goat cheese will “melt” away…the result will be an ugly looking salad. TIP – if this seems too complicated for you, try using canned beet. I’ve never tried it but it should work nicely with this salad.

3. SALAD ASSEMBLY:
First throw in the spinach and arugula. Add the onion, avocado pieces & the dried cranberries. Add the beet pieces (make sure they are mostly cooled) and the crumbled goat cheese. Finally garnish with almonds or walnut pieces.

4. SALAD DRESSING (Recipe from Giada):

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons shallots, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon honey
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Whisk the vinegar, shallots, and honey in a medium bowl to blend. Gradually whisk in the oil. Season the vinaigrette, to taste, with salt and pepper.

 

Berry Beet Juice

Summary: 

This is a great smoothie. It has a sweet and tangy taste from the berries plus all the nutrition from the beets. Beets are great for detoxing after a weekend or a night out with your friends. Berries are a great source of antioxidants. Blend them together a super healthy treat.

Ingredients:

2 apples
2 small beets
1 pear
2 cups frozen strawberries
1 cup frozen blueberries

Directions:

1. First JUICE the apples, beets and pear following your juicer’s instructions.

2. Add the juice into a blender and pour in the frozen berries. BLEND until smooth.

3. Add ice cubes if desiring a frosty consistency.