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3 Creative Ways to Use Beets + Benefits!

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Ever worn a beet mask?

Read below I will teach you how make one…plus two other ways to incorporate the amazing benefits of beets into your life.

Beets consist of the lower section, the beet roots, and leafy green upper section. The lower bulbous portion of the vegetable is the part most people are accustomed to eating. This is also the piece that most people think of when referring to a beet.

It is interesting to note that in ancient times, it was the leafy portion that was used first. It took a few centuries for our ancestors to understand that the lower bulbous section could also be utilized.

Personally, I find the leafy section unique in flavor and in complete truth, somewhat bitter to eat. I find that although it can be eaten raw or sautéed, I enjoy it best as an addition to other fruits and vegetables when juicing.

 The benefits of beets:

The root of the plant is an excellent source of potassium, manganese, and fiber. Beet greens are an excellent source of vitamins A and C, calcium, and iron.

Studies suggest that the phytonutrients, which give that vibrant red color to the beet, may fight cancer cells. Beets also lower blood pressure and boost stamina. They contain betaine which fights inflammation.  They also help to improve sexual function by increasing blood flow–neat! 😀

Beets are as potent as they are vital. Limit your daily intake to two cups, especially when starting out. If your body is not accustomed, it could be overpowering and upsetting, especially to your stomach. It’s good rule of thumb to start out slow when incorporating anything new into your routine. After you see how your body reacts, slowly add more.

3 Creative Ways to Use Beets!

1. Eat as a (or in a) Meal: Beets can be added to soups, salads, or eaten alone. Makes a super addition to most any dish, anytime of day!

Easy Beet Root Recipe

2 beets roots

2 cups spinach

1 tablespoon lemon juice

½ cup olive oil

½ cup white onion

½ teaspoon oregano

2 basil leaves

*Be careful beet juice stains!

Slice your beets.

Steam them.

Fill one pot with just enough water to barely touch the steamer basket. Be careful and make sure the lid of pot is slightly off to one side so that the steam has somewhere to go.

They should be tender but not mushy. Let them cool, when cooled the skins should be easy to remove, they’ll practically fall off.

Mix them.

In a large bowl, mix spinach, beets, olive oil, oregano, basil, lemon, and onion. Makes a great and super tasty salad, any time of day!

2. As a delicious beet juice

Simply juicing beets alone is very beneficial and has outstanding health benefits. If you’re looking to slowly incorporate them or would like to couple their nutrients with that with other fruits and vegetables, try this easy recipe.

Super Simple Juicing Recipe

½ beet

1 beet leaf

½ cup of pineapple

1 apple

1 orange

1 teaspoon ginger

Don’t have a juicer? Mix in a blender on high and add a cup of water.

3 Creative Ways to Use Beets + Benefits!

3. In your Beauty Regimen: Beet Facial Mask

1 whole beet root

¼ cup water

¼ cup Raw Agave

Grate the raw beet. In a medium sized bowl mix water, beet, and the raw agave. Can be used daily, will give you glowing skin, and reduce blemishes and discolorations.

Wearing this mask 2- 3 x a week for approximately 20 minutes will increase benefits and create a real radiance.

Beets are an outstanding way add some additional nutrients to your diet, boost your energy, and brighten your skin.

Add a little beet to your daily routine and your body will reward you with better health and beautiful skin!

 

Also by Alex: Benefits of Jicama + Refreshing Jicama Kiwi Smoothie!

Super Easy and Effective DIY Natural Facial Cleanser Recipe

More beet recipes: Beet Salad with Creamy Cashew Dressing

Hearty Ginger Beet Burgers

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Photo: Alex Kudukis; tracy benjamin via Flickr

Alexandra Kudukis

Alexandra Kudukis

Alexandra Kudukis is a freelance journalist currently writing for Dirva, Draugas News, and Draugas Newspapers, contributing articles in both English and Lithuanian. She began her informal journalistic training at the tender age of four when she began attending concerts with her mother’s best friend Jane Scott, the premier rock music reporter for the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Everything she knows from the structure of a good article to conducting an engaging interview- including how to be gracious and kind even in the most difficult of situations, she learned from Jane. She has completed her first novel, a dynamic struggle of a woman letting go of childhood dreams while attempting to balance a horric home life and burgeoning career. Alexandra has also just completed her first full-length screenplay chronicling the young adult lives of children from Eastern European families, misfits trying (and failing) to find success as first generation Americans. She has an M.P.A. from Cleveland State University, which has provided her a broad base on which to base her career.Her blog details the trials and triumphs of an aspiring writer. She studied German and Russian as an undergraduate and loves to travel. Alexandra currently resides in Fountain Valley, CA with her animal companions, two cats Isabella and Victoria and Pierre, a rescue pigeon.
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