Friday, April 17, 2015

Golden Beet Salad in Citrus Sauce





I never realized before that beets come in a variety of colors. Although red beets are the most popular color, golden beets in shades of yellows and oranges are also available. I used the golden in this beautiful beet salad.

My supermarket often carries the organic golden yellow/orange beets which are delightfully flavorful, do not stain the way red beets do, and have a thinner skin which does not need to be peeled. ( but I did anyway) .


Nutritionally, the golden beet contains b-xanthin pigment while the red beed contains betalain pigment. Red and yellow beets are both rich in nutrients, with the yellow provides the same kind of vitamins that most yellow/orange vegetables contain ( like carrots) .

This is the way they look in the store 

This is how they look peeled and chopped

Their golden color makes an appealing dish no matter what the recipe. I like to make mine in a citrus dressing because I think the citrus enhances the taste of the yellow beets. In addition, I like to add some diced organic red apple and some freshly chopped fresh mint. 

Beets are surprisingly low in calories ( 42 calories in 1/2 cup of beets), almost no fat, 3 grams of fiber , and packed with minerals and antioxidants. A healthy choice ! 

 if you don't like the mess associated with the traditional red beet, substitute the golden beet in any of your recipes. Of course like all vegetables, beets are naturally gluten free and vegan.


Author: Judee Algazi
Prep: 10-15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients: 
2 large organic golden yellow beets, peeled and chopped in large chunks
1 cup of diced red apple ( I use organic and leave the skin on)
1 navel orange, peeled and chopped in large chunks


Citrus Sauce: 
1/2 cup of freshly squeezed orange juice
1/4 cup of chopped fresh mint
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
optional: 2 Teaspoons of a flavored balsamic vinegar ( like pear cranberry) 
Mix all ingredients together toss over the salad. 

Directions:

Place the chopped beets in a vegetable steamer basket and place in a 4 quart pot. Fill with 2 cups water and steam until the beets are tender ( about 10 minutes) Be careful that the water does not evaporate completely while cooking ( add more if the water starts to get very low) .  While beets are cooking, chop your apple and orange,.When beets are tender, mix the cooked beets with the chopped red apple and orange chunks. Toss with the dressing.

My Notes: The combination of flavors in this dish are outrageous. Cooked beets, crunchy apple, and fresh orange are fabulous with the fresh mint, orange juice and cinnamon. The only variation I would offer is to add walnuts for kind of a Waldorf Salad idea. Beets are natural cleansers and help aid the in keeping the liver clean.



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    Wednesday, April 15, 2015

    Baking Soda- Miracle Cure ?

    Baking Soda is a simple product that just about everyone keeps in his or her kitchen.  A small container can cost under one dollar. I've always used baking soda ( bicarbonate of soda) in my refrigerator to absorb odor and to help my muffins rise! - but I never knew it could help balance your PH and improve your health.

     Well, I'm finding out that bicarbonate of soda can also play a role in helping us lower our risk of disease like diabetes and even some cancers. 





    Today I received an E-mail from Dr. Josh Axe ( a chiropractor on line that I follow)  who has a website with lots of informative health information.



    Dr. Josh Axe 


    His post was about the vast amount of ways one can use baking soda both medicinally and for non toxic cleaning in the house. The list was really interesting and helpful. I would have never have guessed how useful and versatile this inexpensive product can be and how beneficial for one's health.

    Here are a few of the simple examples that he suggests using baking soda,

    Some very basic uses:


    • for stomach pain
    • digestive problems
    • bloat and gas
    • neutralizes acid in the body
    • balances body ph necessary to fight disease
    • helps reduce symptoms of gout
    • shortens length of colds and flu, coughs, sore throats
    • helps with urinary tract infections
    • helps muscle pain 
    • promotes kidney health
    • a body with a balanced ph fights disease better
    • insect bites
    • poison ivy 

    In addition to the benefits for health, baking soda is a great non toxic cleaner for the house . Read his post to learn how much to use, how to use it, and look through lots of additional ideas,

    33 surprising uses for baking soda   ( Dr. Axe) 

    For Disease and health: 
    Dr. Young says you can REVERSE DISEASE by alkalizing the ph of your body ( baking soda can help do that) 

     It can also be used in serious illness too which is explained in Dr. Robert Young's video. 

    Dr. Young explains how important it is to balance the ph for reversing diabetes and for weight loss.*Dr. Robert Young has written many books on PH balance and how important it is in 
    (reversing) diabetes and even cancer. His video is very interesting. I linked one of his 8 minute youtube videos about reversing diabetes. Worth watching it!

    Video about baking soda, ph, and reversing diabetes ( Dr. Young)

    Video more about diabetes and alkalizing ( Dr. Young)


    Disclaimer: This post is for educational purposes only. I am not a medical doctor and I am not trying to diagnose or treat disease. I have no affiliation with these links and do not benefit in any way from the links from Dr. Axe or video links from Dr. Young.


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    Friday, April 10, 2015

    Raspberries and Chocolate- 1 Point Plus





    This is a great idea for a decadent but low calorie healthy dessert.  I'm back on Weight Watchers ( trying to lose 10 pounds) and am searching for good choices when I want a snack. I saw this raspberry and chocolate dessert on the Weight Watchers blog, and it was love at first sight and bite. I couldn't wait to try it .

    I wasn't disappointed. I would have loved the chocolate chips by themselves or the raspberries by themselves, but together - well it brought me to a whole new level. 8 raspberries each filled with one semi sweet chip is only 1 Point Plus for all of them! YUM!

    Raspberries and chocolate are a perfect match. You still get to eat your healthy fresh fruit ( Zero Points Plus) enhanced with just a hint of dark chocolate ( dark chocolate is good too and provides antioxidants and magnesium) A entire tablespoon of semi sweet dark chocolate chips (about 16 chips) has only 2 Points Plus. Remember, you can have 8 stuffed raspberries for just one point plus!!!!



     Raspberries are low in sugar, a little tart, packed with antioxidants and have a perfect opening for that tiny little piece of rich dark chocolate. If you have to have a little sugar, I think this dessert is a better choice than cake, cookies, or consuming low calorie desserts using artificial sweeteners
    ( which I never use because they are really bad for you and actually contribute to weight gain.)

    Why do artificial sweeteners contribute to weight gain? Your body can't really digest artificial sweeteners because they are chemicals not food, so the body doesn't know what to do with them. It stores what it perceives as toxins in your fat reserves expanding your fat deposits.) Who want's that?  Studies have actually shown that people who use artificial sweeteners regularly gain inches. In addition, who wants extra toxins playing all kinds of havoc in your body????

    Back to the dessert: It looks so pretty and appealing too.

    You can make this in advance in just minutes, refrigerate it, and serve whenever you are ready. A little whipped cream or whipped coconut cream wouldn't hurt either, but let's not get carried away.

    I love how fast and simple it is to assemble and how delicious each little morsel tastes- It is definitely a crowd pleaser.

    So, whether you are just craving something chocolate , are following Weight Watchers and want a low calorie treat, or are having company and need an elegant dessert that is vegan, gluten free, and fresh- This is it- enjoy!!


    Ingredients: 
    1 pint of organic raspberries, lightly sprayed with water and patted dry.
    2 Tablespoons of semi sweet ( non dairy) dark chocolate chips
    ( about 32 chips- each serving is 1/2 Tablespoon of chips- 8 chips

    Directions: 
    Place a chocolate chip inside the cavity of each raspberry. Display on an elegant dish.
    Serving size: 8 stuffed raspberries
    Points Plus Value: 1 Point Plus

    My Personal Notes:
    1. Use only dairy free semi sweet chocolate chips.
     2. Since this recipe has no leaven, it is also perfectly permissible for Passover ( use Kosher for Passover chips)


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