UnBeetable Beets Transcript
Hi, I’m Kellie Hill, Nutritional Therapy Practitioner at The Right Plan. Your guide to optimal health and weight loss from the inside out.
Today, I want to talk to you about a couple parts of the digestive system that are frequently functioning poorly but that you can easily improve / the liver and gallbladder. Gallbladder removal is one of the most common surgeries in the United States, estimated at over half a million gallbladders removed each year.
Gallbladder attacks suggest congested bile; built up concentrated bile can cause gallstones.
Another indication of problems with bile can be noticed in your stool / I know, people don’t always want to talk about this, but your stool actually tells a lot about your health and digestive tract.
For instance, greasy or shiny stool may indicate a decrease of bile, possibly from a congested liver or gallbladder.
Light or clay colored stool may be from a lack of bile, again possibly from a congested liver or gallbladder.
Floating stool is usually from decreased bile from the gallbladder with a lack of fat emulsification. I know it’s kind of taboo to talk about the quality of our bowel movements but these type of symptoms mean you need to clean out your liver and gallbladder and keep it clean.
This isn’t difficult to do with whole foods and I’m going to show you how. But do note, first and foremost, if you are having gallbladder attacks or other symptoms of gallbladder issues, definitely see your health care practitioner. There’s a time and place for preventative care and there’s a time and place for modern medicine / you have to distinguish the difference.
Enough of that talk / let’s get to the solutions.
If you need to help your body cleanse and detoxify your liver gallbladder area / beets are your answer.
I think of eating beets as giving your body an oil change / very much like changing the oil in your car. Beets help detoxify the liver, purify the blood, and cleanse the gallbladder of bile. The entire body works more efficiently when it’s not congested or clogged up with bile / just like your car engine works better if there isn’t a bunch of sludge in the system.
So eating beets is going to give you this great natural oil change and clean out your liver and gallbladder.
Now, I know from my private clients that when I talk about eating beets, they are not happy with the idea. But, I’m going to demonstrate what to look for and how to make a couple easy recipes. And, I’m going to start on the low end of the health continuum. Remember, we’re all on that continuum and I’ll walk you through these beginning recipes / one cooked and one raw.
Since beets are such a good cleanser, I recommend eating them daily when doing a cleanse, like in my *Cleanse & Detoxify Your Body: 28 days to better health using nutrient-dense whole foods.* But, if you’re just starting out, try for 2-3 times a week / even if you only get beets in once a week you’ll begin to notice a difference.
I’m not going to say these are the healthiest recipes for beets, but they are a great point to start from. If you’ve only had canned beets, please, give these a try, you won’t be disappointed, you’ll be pleasantly surprised. These are two great starting recipes that even kids love. As your taste buds adapt, you can enjoy even healthier, stronger options like beet salads, grated beets,
steamed beets, and much more / but here’s where you start.
When you choose your beets look for medium sized beets with firm roots, smooth skin, and a deep rich color.
Skip any that have spots, bruises, or soft areas.
They shouldn’t be shriveled up or flabby.
Beet greens are also fabulous so don’t toss these. Prepare them just like Swiss chard which we have in another video. If you chop them very small they are also nice in a raw salad.
But today we are going to focus on the beet root.
Wash under cool water. Scrub off any dirt.
Very important here / notice my stylish gloves. Beets can stain your skin, nails, and clothes so an apron and gloves are essential. If you do end up with stains on your hands, try rubbing them with lemon juice and that usually will take it out.
Now the question of peeling. This really depends on how much time you have. I like not peeling beets until after cooking if you have an hour to an hour and a half to cook them. But, usually, I have better things to do with my time, so I’m going to show you the speedy version.
Trim off the root and leaves.
You can use a peeler and carefully remove the outer skin. Again, I like speed so I just use a knife. But, there’s a bit more waste. Choose whichever works for you.
Then cube the beet. The bigger the cubes, the longer the cooking time. Again you choose what works for you.
This size is going to cook in about 12-15 minutes / which is about my attention span so that’s what I like.
Easy clean-up with parchment paper / just line the pan and then toss later. Again, quick and easy, just like I promised.
Now, just scoop a bit of coconut oil onto the tray.
Put the beets into the over for about 3 minutes or until the coconut oil is melted. Yes, you can melt the oil first and toss it all together but that’s another step and another item to clean up. So, this works just as good really.
Once the coconut oil is melted, now stir to coat. Make sure all the beets have been covered with the oil.
Check on them in another 3-5 minutes and stir again.
Roasting beets carmelizes the sugars that are naturally in them so they become sweeter and creamier. That’s part of the reason this is such a great starting recipe for people because the beets are sweet.
Remove. You can check them with a fork / you want them to be a bit soft but still firm, not mushy. Another nice thing with this recipe is you don’t need to be too specific / if the beets are a little firmer or softer, it doesn’t affect anything.
Now, add a touch of sea salt and fresh ground pepper if you’d like / and that’s it.
Healthy, easy, and tasty. With these beets you’ll start giving your liver and gallbladder that oil change.
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