I don’t like or NOT like beets. For me, they land somewhere in between, “Oh, this is disgusting! Why do I even have this on my plate?” and “Wow!! This is better than chocolate!”
My mom used to bring home beets and force them on us at dinner. We’d all take 1 or 2 slices of boiled beets and push them around our plate until we knew we couldn’t avoid eating them any longer. It wasn’t the way the beets looked. But more so of how they tasted that made us kids not like them so much. The taste of a beet can be described as, well…. “beety.” If you’ve had beets before, you know what I mean. You can’t really describe it, but you can certainly recognize the flavour.
So why post a recipe with beets if they’re not you’re favourite vegetable, Hinna? Well, a few weeks back, I got pretty sick and couldn’t eat anything. In the first few days of recovery, I was limited to rice cakes, crackers and water. As the days passed, I was able to reintroduce yogurt, broth, mushy rice with lentils, fruits and vegetables into my diet. Refined sugars, chocolate, milk and coffee were off limits while my stomach lining healed. In those 1-2 weeks of healing, I discovered that a lot of my joint pain and old-injury pain had dramatically reduced or had disappeared. The refined sugars, chocolate, milk and coffee were increasing inflammation in my body, causing aches, pains and literally making me sick to my stomach. With this knowledge, I have started shifting my focus to eating my healthy, whole foods…and well that means adding beets to my diet.
Raw Beet Smoothie
1 raw medium beet, peeled and cut into small pieces (you will need a high-speed blender to break down the beet)
1 cup fresh strawberries, hulled and cut in half
1 peeled orange, whole
1 cup homemade almond milk
Put everything into a high-speed blender, cover and let it blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and let it chill in the fridge for 20-30 minutes. Enjoy!