Hello Beautiful (or Handsome ;) if this is your kind of blog I’m not here to judge),
Summer is here, well at least in Germany it seems to have arrived and with summer comes that excitement to be active, more spontaneous and even a bit more health conscious right? (uh…huh!…..right after the 3 day BBQ session and BYOB of which you brought 12 is over of COURSE…..). Well then let me tell you about the importance of a bit of body cleansing…and I don’t mean the showering kind. Your body builds up with toxins and pollutants from consuming excess amount of sugar, stimulants like coffee & alcohol and eating a poor diet. We are nearly all guilty of it, unless we are in the super breed of humans with extreme discipline and amazing habits….(which we of course can be but I am not there yet…haha) so making sure that you are consistently flushing out those toxins is a pretty good idea to help you function at your very best. So how best to do this…oh yes with that dreadful word we all hear DETOX! ….but calm down, calm down today’s post isn’t about a new detox program or latest fasting diet, or tea. It’s about this a little superfood called beetroot and how this superfood can help you detoxify on a regular basis without the need to go into crazy diet/detox mode.
A little Information….
So let’s break it down, every time you have a meal your liver (the largest and most amazing organ in your body) is converting the amino acids from your food into energy, carbohydrates or fat and during this process the liver will also take all the toxins convert them in urea and then transport that to pass out your body in the form of urine (that is a super simplified version). If you liver is being overworked because of poor diet, medication, alcohol, caffeine and excess fat the liver function becomes impaired and this can throw off your entire body’s health. Poor liver function can lead to a huge number of issues to include; fatigue, constipation, acid reflux, heartburn, moodiness, anxiety, depression, excessive sweating, inability to lose weight (ahhh you get the point)!.
Superfood Facts about Beetroot
Beetroot is ideal for a liver detox as it can help reduce the built up acid in your body and create balance in your health and body. Once you liver is working optimally, those toxins won’t stay in your bloodstream and you won’t have a backup of toxins in your body causing you endless immune disorders and health issues. So try some of these Yummy Mummy Tips to incorporate some beet into your day.
Yummy Mummy Fit Tip
1 large beetroot and it’s leaves (raw)
Handful of watercress (also liver detoxifying)
Juice it and Slurp it up! This juice will build up your red blood cells while detoxifying you liver. You can also just juice beetroot alone and try to consume at least an ounce for the first week, gradually increasing to 4 ounces over a 4 week period. Stick at it for at 4 weeks.
Super Smoothie it!
Juice First; 1 beetroot and its leaves, 1/4 cucumber, 1 celery stalk, 1 apple, 5 cm of ginger, 1 lemon and then add that juice into a blender with 1/4 piece of frozen pineapple (if you don’t have frozen you can juice this as well) and 1/2 an avocado and you’ve got a real detox smoothie then.
A Yummy Mummy Salad!
Cook a few small beetroots and dice them into cubes, add some radishes, a bit of fresh spinach leaves put all the ingredients in a bowl and squeeze some fresh orange and lemon juice over the ingredients, a tablespoon of raw cane sugar and 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil and you’ve got yourself a beautiful, healthy detox salad. You can also add a bit of tuna or a hard boiled egg in it for more substance.
A Superfood Dessert!
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter, to grease baking pans
- 3 to 4 medium beetroot, to make 280g finely chopped beetroot
- 280g plain flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 1/4 tsp ground allspice
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 2 tbsp pomegranate molasses (click on link to see where you can buy this or alternatively make your own with this recipe)
- 250ml applesauce
- 2 eggs
- 250ml buttermilk
- 180g dark brown sugar
- 75ml vegetable oil
What you need for sweet Greek Yoghurt Topping
- 500ml unsweetened Greek yoghurt
- 60ml runny honey
What you need for the beetroot garnish
- 1 small beetroot
- 30g icing sugar1) Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
2) Lightly grease 4 individual baking dishes with butter (oven proof ramekins or cocotte dishes work well). Peel beets and cut into pieces so they can fit comfortably in a food processor. Process with blade attachment until finely chopped.
3) In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices. In a separate bowl, mix molasses, applesauce, eggs, buttermilk, and sugar together. Now mix wet ingredients with dry ingredients, add a pinch of salt, and then fold in the processed beets.
4) Set ramekins out on a sheet tray. Divide batter amongst ramekins and bake in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes until they have puffed up and a cake tester inserted in the centre comes out clean.
5) Serve with Sweet Greek yoghurt and top with Beet garnish and powdered sugar.For the Sweet Greek yoghurt:
Combine yoghurt and honey in a mixing bowl. Stir with a wooden spoon so they are just combined. Serve with warm beet cake.For the Beet garnish:
1) Preheat oven to 140C/Gas 1.2) Shave the beet into thin slices using a mandolin or sharp knife. Line a roasting dish with parchment and set the beets out in a single layer on the tray. Top with powdered sugar. Cover with another sheet of parchment, carefully pressing out any air bubbles. Top with another tray to add weight and bake on a low temperature to dehydrate the beet slices without over-cooking them.3) Bake for 2 to 3 hours, until dry and crispy. Use as a garnish on top of the beet cakes.
Try one of these superfood tips and let us know how you got on…and of course Stay Yummy!