Posts Tagged "beets"

Beet Kvass

Posted by on Jun 21, 2012 in Beverages, Digestion, Ferments & Preserves | 0 comments

Beet Kvass

When I first heard about a drink made out of soaked beets, I just couldn’t wrap my taste buds around the whole concept. When offered a glass, I puckered up like I was about to sip poison, but I was pleasantly surprised. It tasted earthy, a bit salty, a hint of sour, yet a titch of sweetness and a light effervescence that I wasn’t  expecting. I liked it! The history behind kvass is that the Ukrainians and Russians have been drinking it for over a thousand years – czars and peasants alike. An electrolyte drink, this lacto-fermented beverage could be called the traditional,...

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Beets with Garlic and Fennel

Posted by on Jun 21, 2012 in Condiments & Sauces, Digestion, Ferments & Preserves | 0 comments

Beets with Garlic and Fennel

I planted my beets in February this year and I received a bumper crop! Unfortunately, they began to bolt last week so I knew it was time to harvest them. What to do with a sink full of beets? Ferment them! Fermentation? Like beer? Well, yes, but . . .  You know that yogurt you enjoy? Not only does it taste good, but it has probiotics, good bacteria, which benefit your digestion. That’s fermented milk. Do you realize that every civilization throughout time has had their history of fermented foods and beverages? They had to utilize fermentation for lack of refrigeration. Today, most of...

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Bloom Into Your Best Self

Posted by on Apr 26, 2012 in Detox, Digestion | 0 comments

Bloom Into Your Best Self

Spring flowers are popping bright colors into the landscape everywhere. Reawakened branches are unfurling their tiny buds into intensely green leaves. The long winter is finally over and spring is here! With the warmer temperatures and frequent bursts of sunshine, my body wants to bloom as well!! But there is this underlying feeling of stagnation that I’m experiencing. I think it’s time for a good spring cleaning! According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), both the liver and the season of spring are Wood Elements, which symbolize our bodies’ need to be flexible, yet strong, like...

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You Can’t Beat Beets!

Posted by on Nov 18, 2010 in Detox, Digestion, Mineral Balance, Salads | 0 comments

You Can’t Beat Beets!

I have bad memories of the lunch ladies in grade school “making” us eat our warm, mushy canned beets. But there is so much more to beets! In the last year, I’ve come to appreciate beets in many forms – raw and shredded in a salad, pickled, roasted, as a fermented beverage called kvass, and sauteed beet greens and garlic with my eggs for breakfast. I grew beets in my garden this year – traditional red beets, golden beets, and white Chiogga beets which, when sliced, look like a bulls-eye. Aside from being beautiful, beets are very healthy! These colorful root...

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