Hello out there in Blogland! Thanks for sticking with me through all of our healthy vacation recaps. It’s great to be back and to be back to some regular postings. As promised, you’ll get lots of yummy recipes and healthy living tips. To get back in the swing of things, I thought I’d let you all know about my newest obsession – fall produce. I have been incorporating squash and pumpkins into just about everything I can lately, but I’ve also discovered a new love recently…the bright, beautiful, pink juice of a beet.
Beets are a fall, root vegetable, meaning they grow in the ground. In Ayurveda (aka ancient Indian Medicinal system), one of the best ways to do this is to incorporate seasonal vegetables, aka Root Veggies, into your diet. According the Ayurveda, seasonal changes bring about changes and often imbalances in our bodies. After all, we are part of nature; so as nature changes, so do we. During the fall and winter, Ayurveda focuses on grounding our energy through the foods we eat and the exercises we perform. Fall and winter are filled with the quality of Air, which means our energy levels can become as frazzled as the wind outside. When we use food and exercise to ground us, our energy levels become more even and more efficient.
I love to incorporate beets into my morning juice as a way to help harness the energy from my usual green juices. It’s so simple and a wonderful way to incorporate some healthy, fresh, grounding juice into my day. Beet juice is not only fabulous to look at, there have also been studies that show beet juice can actually help to lower your blood pressure. There is nothing more grounding than that!
Simply add each item into your juicer, starting with the leafier greens to the juicer ones. Pour into a glass and enjoy!
2 handfuls of spinach
5 leaves of kale
2 handfuls of mixed greens
2 celery stalks
1 large cucumber
2 apples (small to medium)
1 large beet or 2 small beets
Optional: 1 piece of ginger (about ½ inch thick)
This is really just a sneaky way to dress up your typical green juice. It’s hard to believe there are so many greens in there!
Coming up soon- some more seasonal recipes, as well as some yoga practices and “diet” tips for the upcoming seasons.
Peace, love, and beets for all,