Sunday, September 30, 2012

Oven Roasted Beets

This is actually the first time I roasted Beets.  My mom used to serve them but I never ate them and I really eat all vegetables.  After coming across this article ( below)  on the internet that I found, I decided to give them a try.  I chose to make fresh beets, but you can buy them in a jar or can. They were so easy to prepare and they are insanely nutritious and delicious.  I ate them for breakfast this morning!  Below are the health benefits of Beets:

You probably rarely think about beets. If people do think about them, most grimace and say, "yuck!" But if you are at all health-conscious, it is time to expand your palette! Not only are beets a great boost to your physical well being and a wonderful source of iron, it has been shown to be an immunity booster and guard against cancer.  Here are 15 great reasons to eat beets:

1. Beets have ZERO trans fat and ZERO saturated fat. They are also low calorie! How's that for a food to satisfy your hunger and have the ability to satisfy a sweet tooth at the same time? You've got to love a food that meets a sugar craving and doesn't harm your body!
2. Canned beets are very inexpensive! Buy them sliced or whole and buying the store brand they will cost about 60 cents or less! Just put a few cans in the refrigerator and next time you are looking for a snack food they will be super cold and ready to eat, no dirty pots, no cooking. Just drain and enjoy with a fork!
3. Beets are high in carbohydrates which means they are a great instant energy source, but unlike processed foods which are high in carbohydrates, beets will energize your body. Beets can be regarded as body fuel.
4. Beets contain sodium, magnesium, calcium, iron and phosperous! They are also considered a fiber food and contain vitamins A and C as well as niacin! You can't beat that!
5. Beets contain folic acid which is necessary for the production and maintenance of new cells. This is especially important for pregnant woman or anyone undergoing physical healing. Many people take folic acid in the form of herbal supplements, but if you eat beets, you won't need to! It is always better for the body to receive it's nutrients and vitamins through food over a supplement because it is like mainlining the natural source into your bloodstream. The benefits are far superior and faster with real food over powder mixes or pills.
6. Studies have shown that beets guard against cancer, especially colon cancer.
7. Medical studies have also shown that including beets in your diet helps protect a body against heart disease.
8. Beets are available all year round! So they are not difficult to find in any produce section if you want them fresh!
9. Beets can be eaten raw or you can boil, steam roast or sautee them. Additionally raw beets can be juiced in a Jay the Juiceman type juicer very easily! But be warned, beet juice is EXTREMELY strong and powerful! If you want to get naturally drunk without alcohol, take a glass of beet juice and see what happens. It is startling! If you want the benefits of beet juice but candle handle drinking it straight up, then mix it with some carrot or apple juice for a milder but still beneficial juice.
10. Borscht, a very popular vegetable soup made of beets is a traditionally loved dish in Poland, Russia, Germany and other Eastern European menus. There are cold and hot Borscht soups and each country varies some of the ingredients, but beets are the one common and main ingredient of this revered and hearty soup.
11. Even the leaves of raw beets have been eaten and useful and beneficial to one's health. The leaves have been known to counter "garlic" breath and in Roman times Hippocrates advocated the use of beet leaves as binding for healing wounds. 

12. Beets being naturally colorful and bright red make an excellent and healthful garnish for artistic presentation of a meal. They also can be made into a number of cold salads for a change of pace meal. Betacyanin is the pigment that gives beets their red color, this pigment is what is responsible for helping to fight cancer. 

13. Beets have been shown to help cleanse the blood, cleanse the colon and strengthen the gall bladder and liver. 

14. There is something called Beet Therapy. Doctors have used it to get rid of tumors and to help people with blood diseases and leukemia. 

15. Some people have used beats to treat and cure boils, abscesses and even acne.
So, after knowing all this, isn't it time to introduce beets into your diet? What have you got to lose? In fact they will even help you lose weight! So, go on and enjoy a couple of beets and spread the word! 

Roasted Beets

Chop off beet greens (you can sauté them or put in fridge for future use) gently scrub and wash beets under running water in the sink, pat dry, drizzle Olive Oil, Sea Salt and Black Pepper over beets.  Place in pyrex pan and cover tightly with aluminum foil.  Make a few slits in foil for venting.  Bake at 400 degrees F for about 45 minutes.  That's it!  When done the skin will peel right off easily.  They are so good you must try this recipe.  Serve cut in quarters and drizzle olive oil and enjoy!

Mini Blueberry Muffins

Try these mini Blueberry Muffins they are so good and easy to prepare.  Great to make ahead of time and freeze for future use, that's what I do.

I love anything mini especially food!  Then you can eat more = )

The Finished Product

The Ingredient List:

2 Cups of Almond Flour
2 Eggs
2 Egg Whites
1/4 Cup of Honey
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar 
Dash Salt
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
1 Cup Fresh Blueberries

Preheat oven to 350 F.  Place all ingredients into your food processor (excluding blueberries) until smooth.  Then fold in blueberries.  Spray mini muffin tin with Pam or use foil cupcake liners, fill evenly  recipe makes 24 mini muffins.  Bake 25 minutes, let cool on cooling rack and enjoy!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Power Pancakes

This is an oldie but goodie recipe and now is the perfect time of year for pancakes!  These pancakes taste great and are quite easy to prepare.

  I usually eat eggs or a protein shake for breakfast depending on my work schedule.  Sometimes it's nice to switch it up on the weekends when I'm not pressed for time in the morning.  You can make these in advance and refrigerate or freeze for future use.  Here is the recipe.

The Ingredient List:

6 Egg Whites
1 Cup Quaker Old Fashioned Oatmeal
1 Cup of Cottage Cheese
2/3 Teaspoon of Stevia or 2 Teaspoons of Sugar
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
Butter Flavored Pam or Coconut Oil to coat your griddle
*You can add anything you like to the basic recipe.  Blueberries are great!

In a blender blend all ingredients until smooth.  Heat griddle or non-stick pan over medium-high heat, coat pan with Pam or Coconut Oil.  Pour 1/4 cup of batter onto griddle, flip when they start to bubble, cook until golden brown, repeat spraying griddle as needed.  You can top with fresh fruit or natural maple syrup if you like. They are amazing and all natural without processed flour or artificial sweetners, check them out!