Refreshing carrot-beet summer salad

This has become my top favorite summer salad because it is so darned refreshing!

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It takes 5 minutes to make (make extra so it’s “ready to eat”!)

Carrot-beet salad recipe:

  • 1 c grated carrots
  • 1c grated beet
  • 1 T finely diced ginger root
  • 1 diced orange
  • 3-4 plums diced (optional) or
  • ¼ c dried cranberries or raisins
  • ½ celery stalk, finely chopped
  • ¼ c chopped toasted almond, walnut (optional)
  • 2T raw pumpkin seed

 

Best chilled before serving

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Loads of healthy reasons to eat this salad:

6 Reasons to eat more beets:

1. Lower Your Blood Pressure

The benefits come from naturally occurring nitrates in beets, which are converted into nitric oxide in your body. Nitric oxide, in turn, helps to relax and dilate your blood vessels, improving blood flow and lowering blood pressure.

2. Boost Your Stamina

Helps extend exercise up to 16 percent longer.

4 Benefits relate to nitrates turning into nitric oxide, which reduce the oxygen cost of low-intensity exercise as well as enhance tolerance to high-intensity exercise.

3. Fight Inflammation

Beets are a unique source of betaine, a nutrient that helps protects cells, proteins, and enzymes from environmental stress. It’s also known to help fight inflammation, protect internal organs, improve vascular risk factors, enhance performance, and likely help prevent numerous chronic diseases.

4. Anti-Cancer Properties

The powerful phytonutrients that give beets their deep crimson color helps ward off cancer. Research has shown that beetroot extract reduced multi-organ tumor formations in various animal models when administered in drinking water, for instance, while beetroot extract is also being studied for use in treating human pancreatic, breast, and prostate cancers.

5. Rich in Valuable Nutrients and Fiber

Beets are high in immune-boosting vitamin C, fiber, and essential minerals like potassium (essential for healthy nerve and muscle function) and manganese (which is good for your bones, liver, kidneys, and pancreas). Beets also contain the B vitamin folate, which helps reduce the risk of birth defects.

6. Detoxification Support

The betalin pigments in beets support your body’s Phase 2 detoxification process, which is when broken down toxins are bound to other molecules so they can be excreted from your body. Traditionally, beets are valued for their support in detoxification and helping to purify your blood and your liver.


Reasons to Eat Carrots

1. Heart Disease

Eating more deep-orange-colored fruits and vegetables is associated with a lower risk of coronary heart disease, and lower risk of heart attacks in women.

2. Antioxidants in carrots, including beta-carotene, may play a role in cancer prevention. Research has shown that smokers who eat carrots more than once a week have a lower risk of lung cancer, while a beta-carotene-rich diet may also protect against prostate cancer.

3. Good for your eyes

Carrots are good for your eyes, as research shows women may reduce their risk of glaucoma by 64 percent by consuming more than two servings per week of carrots.

4. Brain Health

A high intake of root vegetables, including carrots, is also associated with better cognitive function and smaller decline in cognitive function during middle age, with better performance in several cognitive abilities in a dose-dependent manner among the elderly.

5. Liver Protection

Carrot extract may help to protect your liver from the toxic effects of environmental chemicals.

6. Anti-Inflammatory Properties

Carrot extract also has anti-inflammatory properties and provided anti-inflammatory benefits that were significant even when compared to anti-inflammatory drugs like Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Naproxen and Celebrex.

7. Anti-Aging Benefits

Carrots are a valuable source of antioxidants, that help to ward off cellular damage from free radicals, slowing down cellular aging.

8. Skin Health

Orange-red vegetables are full of beta-carotene. Your body converts beta-carotene into vitamin A, which prevents cell damage and premature aging. Beta-carotene may also protect your skin from sun damage.

 

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