You Are What You Beet

I was feeling inspired by this morning's Instagram post and wanted to indulge in a sunshiney lunch. Some of you may know that beets come in all sorts of beautiful colors. Today's salad highlights the beautiful golden (or yellow) beet.

Ingredients:

Arugla 

Yellow (golden) Beets

Cucumber

Avocado

Seeds

Dressing (equal parts Mustard, Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey)

This is another recipe that you can alter according to your individual taste and the number of people you are feeding (hence no measurements included). It is the perfect salad to bring to a summer BBQ due to the cooling nature of its ingredients.  

Why is it good for you?

Arugula is a flavorful green that is part of the brassicaceas family. It is a great source of calcium, magnesium, and potassium. This combination of nutrients helps to regulate and control blood pressure. It is high in iron and copper, making it a great alternative to spinach. Arugula is is also a fantastic source of folate which promotes cardiovascular health. 

Yellow beets are powerful energy boosters. They are also great options for when you are craving sweets.  They are high in anti-oxidants, fiber, potassium , folic acid, vitamin a, and vitamin c.  Beets promote heart health, help clean the kidneys, fight anemia and fatigue, and are great for eyes and skin.

Cucumbers are perfect for summer. They keep you hydrated and help fight the heat.  Cucumbers have many antioxidants, including vitamin c and beta-cerotene. They are anti-inflamatory .  The vitamin b in cucumbers aids in stress reduction.  Cucumber's potassium lowers blood pressure levels.

Avocados are delightfully delicious and high in those good fats we hear about so often.  Due to their fat content they can aid in absorption of nutrients from other fat soluble plant foods.  They are abundant in vitamin k, folate, vitamin c, and potassium.  Avocados can reduce blood pressure and reduce inflammation.

Bon Appebeet!

xo Colleen