The fall season has finally kicked in, after another endless humid summer here in Florida. It’s too cold for the pool or the Gulf of Mexico, and as usual, the slightest temperature change although highly welcomed, causes many of us to start feeling mildly under the weather. Suddenly socks and a cardi become a functional requirement, (at least in the evening anyway.)
Yesterday, I woke up horrified to hear my 3 and 4-year-old coughing from their beds, then my husband mentioned that his nose was also stuffy, then…to top it off, this morning I woke up with a bit of a sore throat and started to panic (just a little.) We are a family that rarely gets sick, but with 2020 providing us all with elevated levels of stress, every little change in my families well being has me on tenterhooks.
After dosing everyone with probiotics, vitamin C, and extra zinc, I decided to make use of the lovely beet that had been sitting in my fridge for the past few weeks, still in absolutely perfect condition. When all my other veggies start to wilt and turn if not used within the first few days, it ALWAYS amazes me how resilient the beets are. Patiently waiting, as I figure out what to do with them. Now, here’s the thing, I always buy beets as I know they are ridiculously healthy, but to be honest, I’m not a huge fan of their flavor.
They are detoxifying, brain fortifying, stamina improving, loaded with potassium, manganese, and fiber not including all the rest of it. Today I had to figure out a way to take advantage of the beet’s rich profile of polyphenols and antioxidants, to kick this autumn sniffles thing before it kicked into gear. I came up with this recipe to make drinking beets palatable for my tiny ones, my husband, and myself, so we could all BEET the fall cold symptoms. So here it is guys…ginger, blackberry jam, apple, strawberries, chia, flax….oh yea, and the star ingredient the BEET!
You can omit the blackberry jam if you don’t have toddlers, but I have to say, a tiny smidge of that made the world of difference in terms of flavor. I’ll leave it up to you: orange, lemon, a handful of other berries, or spinach can be added or substituted also. The bottom line, within 24hours we are all back to feeling absolutely healthy and fine. If you’re starting to feel a little under the weather, do this right away, its a perfect recipe to increase well being and optimal health: back it up with extra vitamin supplements like C, D, Zinc, and a decent probiotic.
Be well guys, and I wish you all the best of days to come.
|Chia Seeds||1 tbs|
|Flax seeds||1 tbs.|
|Red Beet||1/2 peeled|
|Water||3-4 cups of filtered water to cover|
|Blackberry Jam||1 tsp.|
|Apple||1 cored and sliced|
A Vitamix or Blendtec blender recommended.
These are my suggestions. I am currently using the Red one on the left (Vitamix 5200)
Add all the pre-washed ingredients to the blender with the juice of lemon, the filtered water, and ice. Blend well ( about 2 minutes ), pour, and enjoy.
Drink at least a few times a week to boost skin’s radiance and texture, and fight against wrinkles. You’ll be able to see and feel the results within a few weeks.
Ingredient Benefit List
Are packed full of vitamin C, fiber, and folate.
Making them powerful free radical destroyers that have fabulous anti-aging properties
that also enhances collagen production in the skin.
Not only adds amazing flavor but is also a natural anti-inflammatory that aids the digestion process also. It helps the body sustain a healthy environment by preventing the onset of numerous diseases caused by inflammation that lead to premature aging of the body and skin.
Naturally high in vitamin C, fiber, potassium, vitamin K, and polyphenols that protect against skin and other organs aging.
Are loaded with skin-repairing folate that also helps keep levels of healthy cell production high. High doses of vitamin A, found in almost all anti-aging skin creams. Beets help detoxify the blood.
Don’t forget to add a couple of teaspoons of seeds too. They don’t really taste like much, but provide essential protein, omega three’s and have really high antioxidant and mineral content.