Beets are probably one of the most important ingredient in a raw food diet. They are a unique source of phytonutrients called betalains. Betanin and vulgaxanthin are the two best-studied betalains from beets, and both have been shown antioxidant, anti-inflammatory properties as well as great support of the body's own detoxification processes.
The detox support provided by betalains includes support of some especially important Phase 2 detox steps involving glutathione. Although these betalain pigments are also present in other foods (like the stems of chard or rhubarb), the concentration of betalains in the peel and flesh of beets is the highest.
Beets are also an excellent source of folate and a very good source of manganese, potassium and vitamin C. Beets are a good source of digestive-supportive dietary fiber, free radical scavenging copper, bone-healthy magnesium, and energy-producing iron and phosphorus.
Add beets to your diet as often as you possibly can.
This simple salad also includes ginger, chilli and cilantro. Together with beets they offer an optimal liver support and help detoxify your body.
- 3-4 beets
- 2 slices of ginger
- 1 small bunch of fresh herbs: cilantro, dill, flat parsley and spring onions
- 3 Tbsp virgin flax seed oil
- 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 Tbsp raw honey
- 1/3 tsp hot chilli flakes
- pinch of pink Himalaya salt
- Wash and peel the beets. Cut them lengthwise into quarters and slice into thin slices. Place in a large mixing bowl.
- Mince the ginger and mix with beets.
- Mince fresh herbs and gently mix them with beets and ginger. Set aside.
- Make dressing whisking flax oil, balsamic vinegar and honey in a small bowl. Add chilli flakes and salt and mix vigorously.
- Pour dressing over beet salad and mix thoroughly. Serve in individual bowls with raw flax crackers. Enjoy!
In radiant health - passionately raw - Dominique