There are several excellent reasons for their growing popularity.
Some reasons to consider adding Beets to your healthy lifestyle:
• Contain folic acid; necessary for production and maintenance of new cell growth.
• Guards against cancer; especially colon cancer.
• High in carbohydrates; making them an instant energy source.
• Inexpensive and available year round; eating them fresh is costly and convenient.
• Low in calories; a healthy source to satisfy hunger.
• Natural cleanser; the blood, the colon and strengthens the gall bladder and liver
• Natural energy source; rather than processed foods which spike insulin levels.
• Natural nutrients; eliminates taking additional supplements (i.e. folic acid).
• No trans or saturated fat.
• Protects against heart disease
Some reasons to consider adding Wheatgrass to your healthy lifestyle:
• Vitamin A aids in increased white blood cells to fight virus’s
• Nutrients found in Vitamin K stimulates production of adenosine triphosphate important for energy and repair to both muscle and brain cells, and a multitude of benefits derived from Vitamin C content
• Increase in Vitamin K (especially for many women) can reduce fatigue after a few weeks
• Chlorophyll can lower appetite stimulating hormone known as leptin
• Chlorophyll can increase the appetite satiating hormone known as cholecystokinin
• 1/2 teaspoon of *wheatgrass powder means you receive 100% daily value of vitamin K
Directions for a Wheatgrass Beet Smoothie:
Add the following ingredients, in the order provided, to your blender or extractor.
Blend to desired consistency:
- 1 ½ cups chopped cooked beets
- ¾ cup chopped fennel
- 1 ¼ - 3 ¼ t. wheatgrass powder
- ¾ cups grape juice
- Ice cubes (optional)
• Add additional water to achieve desired consistency.
• Dark, leafy green vegetables are high in fiber; they are an excellent source for the relief of constipation or hemorrhoids.
• CAUTION: If you are experiencing an agitated digestive system, the fiber content in whole fruits and vegetables may add further stress. However, by extracting plant foods it can aid in replenishing nutrients lost in diarrhea while making it easier for your body to break down the food sources and absorb them quickly.
• For diabetic or weight issues, ingesting more high fiber fruits, vegetables, and legumes (leafy greens, cabbage, berries, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, apples, and beans) help combat free radicals.
• Soluble fiber (once in the intestines) slows the absorption of sugars in the blood – allowing the body to feel full and limiting insulin spikes.
• The *Dirty Dozen: Although you are increasing your nutrients by purchasing raw food, it is especially important to consider certain organic selections. The following foods are considered to be most contaminated with chemicals: potatoes, spinach, apples, strawberries, celery, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, grapes, hot peppers, sweet bell peppers, nectarines (imported), and peaches
• Always consult your physician if you have special diet or health related issues.
For additional information and local places to shop for healthy foods, click on any of the following links:
- Boise Co-Op
- Brown Box Organics
- The Organic Store Locator
- Trader Joe’s
- Whole Foods Market
- Learn more about the benefits of wheatgrass by clicking on the link in this sentence.
- Learn more about the benefits of Vitamin C by clicking on the link in this sentence.
- Learn more about fiber benefits by clicking on the WebMD link in this sentence.
- Click on the Vitacost link in this sentence for an *organic wheatgrass powder prices around $20 for 8.5 oz of super-fine powder that is excellent for smoothies.
- For more information on *dirty dozen foods, click on the link in this sentence.
From my home to yours: another favorite recipe - enjoyed with organics and nutrition in mind.