Beets and Lipstick; Beneficial Food and Beauty

Many little girls have enjoyed getting into Mommy’s make-up and playing dress up. It’s a natural part of a little girls world…well, at least when there is a mommy who wears healthy, beauty enhancers! {Please smile here}

 Beets are good for the inside and the outside!

Beets and my babe

Here we are with beets and my baby girl. Beets are super good for you, but getting my daughter to eat them required a few creative ideas (and one idea is hers!).

Why do I want children to eat these roots? Well, they are unique. Beets (non-gmo only) have the perfect elements to assist the gall bladder and liver for the natural gentle detox our bodies perform daily. The make-up of a beet assists in digestive and biliary support. Many supplements contain organic beet concentrate which is great…

“But our ultimate goal is to eat our foods for prevention of disease and to heal without having to take supplements. For fast recovery and acute issues organic food supplements are great, but we think it is much better to simply eat well”

Here are some reasons why beets are important…The red/purple coloring of beets is due to a variety of beta lain pigments, which is the betaine in the whole beet. Betain is immediately effective (within two hours!) in lowering plasma homocysteine levels. Homoscysteine is a marker of inflammation and directly related to heart disease. Also, this root juice has choline which is a huge supporter of the liver and gallbladder for it detoxes the liver and therefore…

Beets can rid the entire system of excessive alcohol!

So if you drink too much alcohol one evening, this could be an option for recovery.

For us, pretty much every child we foster and adopt has to detox. Many times the biological parents are addicted to all sorts of drugs, therefore it is truly important to allow our children to enjoy the benefits of this miraculous food. Beets also have a high quality iron which:

  • regenerates and reactivates the red blood cells
  • supplies fresh and new oxygen to the body

and the copper content in beets works perfectly as an enabler for the iron to be absorbed into the body. Due to the choline, iron, copper combination within a beet, the cholesterol-to-bile-acid conversion is supported and a healthy bile flow is encouraged. This means it; helps eliminate kidney stones, purifies the blood, cleanses the intestines, liver, and gallbladder. There are also benefits against cancer, birth defects, and heart disease.

Sources:  Prescription for Nutritional Healing, p314, 448. Biotics Research Corporation product content, Books including About Cures A-Z  by Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D. board certified M.D., internist, and medical director of the National Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Centers with Laurie Teitelbaum, M.S., Nutritionist, NAET practitioner, and Revvell Revati’s Smoothies and Smoozies.

But did you know that beets make a terrific, natural lipstick stain? We’ve been so careful to keep our clothes clean from the red stain, but my brilliant little girl made beets her favorite food one day when she decided to play dress up. She ran to the bathroom and came back with a ruby red smile.

Check out this link on the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics alert of an FDA study showing very high levels of lead in lipstick.

sauteed beet salad

So eat your beets. Raw and cooked. One of our recipes is below and then I have included some links to a few great beet recipes from some wonderful sites.

Ingredients for Sautéed Beet Salad

  • 3 cups cut beets (=12 little beets from our garden)
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 leek cut all the way including greens
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 2-3 cups of spinach chopped (about 2 bunches)
  • celtic salt

Modify the ingredients to the balance you prefer, we love garlic here. We would love to hear more ideas on what you add.

Simply sauté and stir for 15 – 20 minutes, until you get the softness desired in beets. When done, then the second creative trick is added…

1/2 cup of bite-size raw goat feta cheese – the idea that seals the deal! The cheese is pink and helps balance the flavor of the roots perfectly.

You can eat it warm or cold, either way the Sautéed Beet Salad is pretty tasty and beneficial. So be beautiful and eat healthy!

More Recipes:

Here is another use for beets in your beauty cabinet from Butter Nutrition.

Want a cool dish like mine? It’s Acaciaware Salad Bowl.

Have fun Fostering Nutrition for your loved ones!

beets and my babe

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Mandy is the force behind the advocacy portal Real Food Recovery. Since losing a 4 yr old to cancer while fostering to adopt, Mandy founded a nonprofit organization recovering children at-risk using real food, real discussion, and encouragement. As a Wife, Mom of birth, foster, and adopted children, author, Nutritional Therapist, & NRT, Mandy shares simple food tips while volunteering in a local Orphanage to create a model for change. Connect with Mandy through Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
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