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Monday, August 22

Pump It (Black Eyed Peas)

Imagine not having the energy to get out of bed - or to get through the day.  You try to move, but your legs feel like concrete bricks.  You try to breathe, but it doesn't feel like your body is getting the air it needs.  Your hair falls out.  Your heart begins to beat funny.  
It's scary, isn't it?  Yet, these are all common symptoms of anemia.  It's enough to make you think you're going crazy!
It's a disease I've been battling for decades now, thanks to some wicked genetics.  But thanks to our local food co-op, and a bushel of beets that no one wanted, I accidentally stumbled upon a lifesaver.  Literally.  Even if you don't have anemia, you should try some of these recipes....beets are a known detox veggie, and you'll feel like a new person!!
beetroot varieties infographic
Symptoms of mild to moderate anemia:
  • weakness
  • fatigue
  • shortness of breath
Symptoms of moderate to severe anemia:
  • rapid heartbeat
  • dizziness
  • headache
  • ringing in the ears
  • pale skin (especially the palms of your hands), pale or bluish fingernails
  • hair loss
  • restless leg syndrome
  • confusion
Cereal is my go-to breakfast staple.  I gave up boxed cereal years ago (see our basic recipe here) because there is so much junk in them!  Here is a sweet, spicy, and earthy cereal that includes lots of yummy goodness....and no, it doesn't taste like beets.  My taste testers approved!

Savory Cereal (made in bulk)
  • 1 bag organic red beet powder
  • 1 bag organic cacao powder
  • 5 Tbsp cinnamon powder
  • 6 c rolled oats
  • 1 c chopped pecans
  • 4 c water (more or less)
  1. Mix all the dry ingredients together very well.  Start mixing in the water, one cup at a time.  You want a thick consistency, not runny.  You may need a little bit more water.
  2. Spread evenly across two pans.  Mixture shouldn't be more than 1/4 deep, unless you want to spend all day taking it out of the oven and turning it (consequently, making a me).
  3. Bake at 250 for two to three hours.  Pull out of the oven every hour and chop the mixture to break it into crumbles.  This will help to dry out the insides, too.
  4. When mixture is thoroughly dried, pull out of oven and let cool.  Break into small crumbles and bag or jar.  This will last up to six weeks in a sealed container.
I've heard many great things about juicing and its health benefits!  Now, I have to be honest here and say that I've never juiced anything, but Vegging at the Shore has a good introductory post All About Juicing.  

Quick & easy beet juice recipe :

  • 1/2 beet (whole beet, if it's small)
  • 1 carrot
  • 2 kale leaves
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 1 peeled orange
  • 1 peeled banana
  • 1/4 cup water
Wash everything first.  Then pop it into the juicer.  It has a nice, sweet taste, and you can spread the pulp over a salad, or snack on it throughout the day.

Some other fantastic beet recipes!
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