Someone told me recently that I should try juicing beet… greens. She advocated beets, and especially the greens, as being great for cleansing the body as well as for satisfying cravings. I’ve been enjoying the beets and the greens in several ways.
The Green Smoothie Blog says, “Beet greens are delicious and are rich in vitamins and minerals as well as beta-carotene and lutein. They have almost twice the potassium of the beet root and contain high levels of folic acid...” Read more here.
In my Whole Foods the beets are sold alone – no greens. On Saturday I went to the farmers’ market to track down some with the greens still attached, so that I could make these…
I made juices with the beet greens.
- juice #1 (gave some to Bobby): beet greens, a cucumber, celery, 1/2 lime, fuji apple, part of a granny smith apple, knob of ginger, mint
- juice #2 (just me): beet greens, 3 mini cucumbers, bottoms of some Asian greens, part of a granny smith apple, 1/2 lime, knob of ginger
They look crazy when they come out.
Did you know that beets have the highest sugar content of all vegetables, but are still very low in calories? (The World’s Healthiest Foods; Sept. 7, 2009.)
Did you know that people used to just eat the greens of beets? We only started eating the roots about 2000 years ago but the greens were prepared long before that.
Betacyanin, the pigment that makes beets red, can increase the oxygen-carrying ability of the blood by up to 400%. Beets are used to treat leukemia. They can prevent varicose veins (I’m so in!). They stimulate the liver and help our bodies cleanse. Beet juice is highly alkaline (most people are overly acidic).
Beets are pretty powerful, so don’t go overdosing too quickly. Like all good things, beets are best in moderation.
Do YOU like beets?