Citrus Beet Salad

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Citrus Beet Salad

Beet nutrition has all the necessary elements required by the body to prepare healthy red blood cells. Red blood cells are primarily involved in the transport of oxygen from the lungs to the teeny tiny cells of our tissues.

Consuming raw beet frequently can be very beneficial for health. Most anemia patients are advised to include raw beets in their everyday diets.

The liver is the detoxifying center of the body. The blood travels from the intestine to the liver carrying with the newly added food components. When the blood reaches the liver, the hepatic cells (liver cells) convert the harmful toxins in the blood to less toxic ones which can easily be expelled by the kidney.

Beet, especially raw, contain a high amount of nitrates. These nitrates when they enter our blood are converted to nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide has been known to act as a vasodilator. That is, it dilates the blood vessels. When the blood vessels dilate, automatically, the blood pressure falls. This is one of the major beetroot benefits.

According to some studies, beet can act as an anti-inflammatory agent. The anti-inflammatory properties of beets are due to the presence of folate and betaine.

Recipe

Serves 1-2 

Ingredients
  • 2-3 beets 
  • 1 tsp olive oil 
  • 1 orange, segmented 
  • 1 C loosely packed Leaf lettuce 
  • ½ C micro greens
  • 2 Tbsp pumpkin seeds 
  • ¼ C of your favourite dressing 
Instructions
  1. Pre heat oven to 400 degrees F
  2. Clean and slice beets and place on a parchment lined baking sheet 
  3. Place beets on baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper, bake for about 15- 20 minutes or until you can easily pierce with a fork
  4. Arrange lettuce, micro greens, orange, beets and pumpkin seeds on a platter and drizzle with your favourite vinaigrette and serve