Day 11: Choose Beets
I was never much of a beet person until about 2 years ago. It was probably the flavor that got to me for all of those previous years. That earthy taste takes a little getting used to, but when combined with the right foods the true sweetness of a beet is discovered. Now, I enjoy on an almost weekly basis. Most often roasted along with some sweet potatoes or I will juice them with their greens and other veggies.
Why should you start eating them? They are packed with nutrients of all types! Vitamin B, Vitamin C, fiber, magnesium, manganese, and copper among others. They are high in nitrates, which will convert to nitric oxide inside the body. Nitric oxide leads to vasodilation making it great for heart health and also a great pre workout food/drink. They also have a phytonutrients called betalains. The phytonutrients are important for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. Beets are considered one of the best foods to eat for liver and gallbladder support. So stop dropping beats and start eating them!
Homework: give beets another try! I love making the juice that includes the following: 1 medium beet with greens, 2 large carrots, 1 stalk of celery, 1 apple, ½ of lemon or lime, and fresh ginger to taste.
Dr. Alan Broering D.C., CCSP®
Eat Well. Move Well. Live Well.