Behold the beets. A Plate of summer!

BeetsBeets are loaded with nutrients and phytochemicals. Beets are so good for you!  Respect them , enjoy them, eat them!  Beets are a vegetable (same family as spinach.) They were originally a Mediterranean crop that has been used for probably 5 or 6,000 years! Romans used beets as a salad crop. As you move North beets became a root crop.  There are 2 types of beets: Table beets & Sugar beets. Origins of the beet starts with a table beet. In the late 18 Century the Neapolitan Wars cut off parts of Europe from its usual sugar cane sources. A search for an alternative sugar/sweet was begun.
It was discovered that table beets produce sucrose, which is table sugar and is the same as sugar cane.  In the early 19 C. people farmed/grew a large table beet, not to be used as a veggie but grown for sugar! Now that plan, and plant, is grown all over the world. F.Y.I. – Beet leaves are very edible and can use as salad greens! … Table Beet, swiss chard, and sugar beets, are all of the same genius and species but have very different uses! …
Can’t eat a red veggie? Search for Golden Beets! Very similar health benefits to both. Beets are full of vitamins and minerals, especially  Vitamin B/ folic Acid. Beets have very strong anti-oxidants. Lab results are very promising for Beets having some anti-cancer properties. These above facts are from one of the country’s leading experts in beets, Dr. Irwin L. Goldman, professor of horticulture at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and found on the New York Times Well Blog as an audio spot.

More about Beets.

Beet juice is rich in natural sugar, sodium, sulphur, chlorine, iodine, copper and vitamin B1, B2, C and bioflavonoids. Some holistic practitioners believe that beet juice combined with other juices like carrot and cucumber are excellent for cleansing the kidneys and gallbladder and for restoring health to these organs. Additionally, beet, being a fibrous root, is excellent for aiding in and eliminating constipation. The fiber adds bulk to the diet and therefore helps to improve peristalsis activity in the large intestine. So not only is beet nutrition good for you, they are also delicious baked, shredded in salads, or even as their own salad. If we have peaked your interest in beets, give our beet salad recipe a try.

This is a simple, unique and exceptionally nutritious salad. (receipe from ezHealthyDiet.com)

BeetsRecipe for Beet Salad Preparation time: 10 minutesServes 6
3– 4 cups freshly shredded beets  (approximately 2 medium beets)
Vinaigrette Dressing for Beet Salad Recipe
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoons cold pressed olive oil
1 tablespoon raw honey
Dash herbemare (sea salt and herb concoction found in whole food store)
Dash freshly ground pepper

Peel the fresh beets and cut them into thick slices that will easily fit into the feeding tube of your food processor. After shredding, you should have 3 – 4 cups of shredded beet for your beet salad recipe. Place shredded beets into a large bowl.

Next, whisk the remaining ingredients together in a small bowl. Taste and adjust the flavors to your liking. The beet is quite sweet so keep that in mind when adjusting the flavors of the vinaigrette dressing. Pour the vinaigrette dressing over the beet recipe and toss gently. Put in a covered dish and refrigerate until ready to serve. To your good health!

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