Beets and beet greens are powerful detoxifiers. They team up with orange and lemon in this Citrus Beet Cleanser to help the liver flush out toxins. Beets get a bit of a bad rap because everyone assumes a few things – 1) they taste like dirt, 2) they stain like crazy, and 3) they're loaded up with sugar.
To alleviate problem 1, simply peel the beets first. The peel is responsible for the dirt flavor; get rid of that and you'll be left with a pleasant earthy flavor, not one reminds you of the mud pies you made as a kid.
The second problem, staining, is true more for cooked beets. Peeling beets is easier after cooking, but the beets won't stain your hands and/or clothing as much if peeled when raw.
The last problem, sugar, is half true. Beets do contain natural sugars, but they are no more sugary than carrots and other sweet root veggies. If you have issues with blood sugar be sure to talk to your health care practitioner. Most people are fine consuming beets in moderation. Beets are a good source dietary fiber which can help prevent large spikes in blood sugar.
Another tip when working with beets: store the greens separately from the root. The leaves are excellent in smoothies or stir-fried. Pretty much anywhere you'd use spinach or kale, you can use beet green. They need to be kept in the vegetable drawer loosely covered in a plastic beg to help keep moisture in. The leaves will be best within the first few days of purchase or picking. The roots will last for months and months stored in a separate produce bin in your fridge.
We love this combo of beets and citrus and we think you'll love it too!
Citrus Beet Cleanser Green Smoothie
- 2 cups beet greens or chard
- 1 cup water
- 2 oranges peeled
- 1 small raw beet peeled and diced
- Juice of ½ lemon
Blend beet greens, water, and oranges until smooth.
Add beet, and blend until smooth. Enjoy!
Note: spinach or kale can be substituted for the beet greens, if needed. Serve over ice to make this smoothie cold.
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