Still trying to stick with a New Years resolution of healthier eating? Well, here’s a great cleansing dish to add into your rotation. It’s a great lunch -or even breakfast. We might as well start the day off right! It’s easy to get stuck in the frame of mind that breakfast has to be granola or oatmeal or even eggs. Leftover dinner usually makes a great breakfast- and it’s quick because you just have to heat it up. I challenge you to expand your idea of breakfast and enjoy this slaw one morning.
Beets are an incredibly healthy vegetable full of antioxidants, magnesium and vitamin C. They have a unique source of phytonutrients called betalains which provide anti-inflammatory and detox support.[i] Betalain and pectin in beets support liver detoxification because they bind to toxins in the body and help flush them out, rather than being reabsorbed.
The beets are going to turn everything pink, but that’s just what beets do. Since the beets are eaten raw, soaking them in orange juice after you grate them takes the edge off and makes them easier to digest. The sunflower seeds add a nice crunch as well as important fats and protein. Certain vitamins (A, D, E and K) are fat soluble so you need to eat your vegetables with some fat in order to get the nutritional benefits. Feel free to use any nut or seed of your choice.
This is a very cleansing and healing dish as beets help detoxify the liver. Look for small beets that are firm and smooth.
- 2 small beets, peeled and grated
- 1-2 Tbsp. orange juice
- 1/3 Cup sunflower seeds
- 1 medium carrot, julienne
- 1 apple, julienne
- 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
- 2 Tbsp. parsley, chopped
- 2 Tbsp. mint, chopped
- Pinch of salt
1. In a large bowl, combine the beets and orange juice and let beets soak for 5 minutes.
2. Toast sunflower seeds in a small pan on the stovetop for 3-4 minutes, until fragrant and lightly browned. Set aside and cool.
3. Add carrots, apples and olive oil to the beets and gently toss.
4. Garnish with parsley, mint and sunflowers seeds. Add a pinch of salt, to taste.