In all of our years as therapists Claire and I know that part of creating change and encouraging healthy lifestyle choices (be it stretching or posture or exercising) is helping you understand exactly how this is helping your body...so we are going to do the same with our food fixes. If you are interested in knowing the benefits, scroll on down after the recipe...otherwise, just enjoy some fabulous food! Mandy
Claire's Beetroot & Carrot Salad
Having been a partaker of the occasional liver cleansing over the years I have always been a fan of one of its daily requirements: Raw beetroot and carrot salad. It's super easy and brilliant at helping ward off any winter nasties!
* 1 medium sized beetroot (peeled and grated)
* 3 carrots (peeled and grated)
* 1 tsp of fresh ginger (grated)
* A handful of raisins
It’s very easy, just throw in a bowl and combine. If the salad does not suit your meal then have it as a starter. Put any left overs towards your lunch the next day.
Why is it good for me?
Beetroot's contains betaine and trytophan, substances that relax the mind and contribute to a sense of well being. Pilot studies on humans have shown betaine may protect against liver disease, particularly the accumulation of liver fat deposits caused by alcohol abuse, protein deficiency, or diabetes. In preliminary research, beetroot juice reduced blood pressure in hypertensive individuals and so may have an effect on mechanisms of cardiovascular disease.
Interesting fact: Beetroot is said to nullify the effects of 'garlic-breath'. Good to know for all you garlic lovers out there!
Carrots supply at least a small amount of almost every essential vitamin. The most notable vitamin contribution from carrots comes in the form of vitamin A. Your body needs vitamin A for proper vision, immune function, reproductive health, cell formation and
cell communication. It also functions as an antioxidant, helping to prevent cellular damage from free radicals.
Interesting fact: during the Second World War carrot was used as a substitute for sugar (beetroot also has one of the highest sugar contents for a vegetable but like carrot, is slow released, unlike sugar you get in chocolate).
I hope you enjoy this tasty salad as much as I do. Claire
Mandy Crawford, Doctor of Osteopathy