|I reconstructed this after I made my drink, lol. So the tomatos, the carrot and the apple are a bit bigger than what I actually used. But you can see how small the beets are.|
Wednesday I made up my own concoction consisting of:
- 2 small to medium tomatoes
- 2 small beets (or a medium one)
- 1 celery stalk
- 1 small carrot
- 1 small apple
- 2 stalks/leaves of kale
After I drank this I was very full as that is a lot of veggies to eat and an apple on top of it! Even though the beet was very small the juice was a beautiful, deep red colour and tasted delicious.
|Sorry I didn't think to take a photo before I drank it!|
Beets are very good for you. They have:
- Vitamins: Beetroots are a good source of folic
acid and vitamin C. It also contains small amounts of vitamins B1, B2,
B3, and vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene.
- Minerals: Rich in
calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and sodium. Also, smaller
amounts of iron, zinc, copper, manganese, and selenium.
- Amino Acids: While raw beets are mostly water and carbohydrate, they also contain small amounts of all the amino acids (protein).
- Calories: One 2" (5cm) beetroot contains 35 calories.
- Antioxidants: Its carotenoids and flavanoids can help reduce the oxidation of LDL cholesterol which could lead to damaged artery walls and ultimately heart attacks and strokes.
Kale also contains powerful antioxidants that help protect against certain cancers such as ovarian cancer. Kale is an excellent green to use for detox smoothies as it has cleansing properties. The nutrients in kale help protect against cataracts while promoting healthy lungs, cardiovascular health and boosts the immune system. Kale has anti-inflammatory properties making it an excellent food for those with rheumatoid arthritis.
Since I have a few health issues, I look for ways to eat kale and beets and more veggies in general. For about a year now I've been doing well eating kale in soups and stir frys. I've been wanting to use it in juicing too. As for beets, I really don't eat them that often as they take too much time to cook and they stain the pots. Even the smaller ones need a lot of cooking and I try to conserve the electrical energy due to the high cost of electricity. This is why juicing is a good alternative. The beets don't need to be cooked in advance. They just go into my juicer after washing.
All the other produce is good for you too. Next time I'm going to make kale, apple and fennel juice. I'm not a big fan of fennel but I try to eat it now and then. I'm especially heartened to learn that fennel has so many wonderful benefits.
|I used fennel late last week in a dish with pork and other veggies. This left over fennel needs to be used soon so into the juicer it will go.|
Fennel contains many minerals and vitamins: vitamin C, fibers, manganese, potasium, magnesium, calcium, iron, vitamin B3 etc. The vitamin C from the bulb of the plant is antibacterian and very useful to the immune system. The fennel bulb is an important source of fibers which help reduce the cholesterol level. Also, the fibers from this herb can prevent intestinal cancer owing to the fact that they can eliminate toxins and cancerous substances from intestines. The herb is rich in potassium - an essential mineral which helps decrease the high blood pressure that can cause a heart attack.
All these benefits certainly make it much more enticing to eat and juicing will make it even easier.
I will say that my blood sugar levels are still more elevated than they should be despite all my efforts at reducing sugars in the food. I guess I am one of those people that needs more drastic interventions. My doctor will likely put me on another medication when I see her in a few weeks.In the meantime, I will continue to make more changes in the diet, eat more veggies and now that my leg has improved a bit, I can exercise again. Even a bit of exercise will help a lot. I'm just reintroducing juicing and I will need to be careful there too because of the diabetes. But I think getting more vegetables into the diet will be a good thing. I remember when I juiced before, I felt much healthier then.
Post Script: I read afterwards that diabetics need to be careful of their sugar levels when juicing (I knew that ;-). I also read that vegetables that grow above ground (tomatoes, kale, celery) have fewer sugars than vegetables that grow below the ground (beets, carrots) (I didn't know that). So if you are diabetic like me, don't use too much carrot in your juice or make too many fruit juices. Next time I will add only a small portion of carrot to my fennel, beet and kale juice and probably skip the apple. I do want to get the benefits of the carrot too but not the high sugar levels.