Beet Tahini Spread
I love beets. I love them roasted, steamed, frozen and blended in smoothies, in dips and hummus... there are so many ways to eat them!
Beets are just downright wonderful for our bodies and after learning a bit about them, you may want to incorporate them into your diet as well!
Health Benefits of Beets :
Lowering Blood Pressure
Significant Amounts of Vitamin C and Iron
Heart Health - By Lowering Homocysteine
Energy and Stamina (Increases your Oxygen uptake) *queue all the runners*
High in Fiber
These are only a few things beets can do - but that should get you excited about eating them more!
For me, I love the fact that they support my body on my period. Packed with nutrients and fiber, beets are an excellent addition during that time. The magnesium and potassium in beets help to detoxify the body and flush out excess water ~ preventing bloating (big key on your period, am I right??). Beet juice is often prescribed in detoxifying diets as it helps cleanse the liver and blood and rightly so! I just don't like to do "detoxifying diets" when I can just add these foods in as a constant detox. No dieting or strict meal plans - just incorporating all the good foods for your body on a daily basis! Add beets into your diet and you'll be able to help cleanse your liver and blood! This is so wonderful for when you are on your period - support healthy blood flow and lessen your bloating just by adding some beets during your time of the month! And I have seen this work so this is no "Gimmick".
If you are weary of trying beets and think they taste like dirt (as Will used to say), give the golden beets a try first! The golden beets have a less pungent taste and tend to be a bit sweeter! Our favorite way to eat the golden beets is by roasting them on 410 in the oven with pink salt, black pepper, and fresh rosemary!
But, if you love beets and want to incorporate them in your diet more, give this recipe a go!! My favorite way to enjoy it is slathered on a good ole piece of Ezekiel Bread or bread from my local gluten free bakery (Mason Dixon).
1 lb of fresh organic beets OR 1 10 ounce bag of organic beets (I used Stahlbush)
1/2 cup Tahini (I used Once Again Organic Tahini)
Juice of two lemons - about 4 tbsp (Use less if desired)
Three small cloves of garlic (I roasted mine in the oven for a couple minutes before - dilutes the strong flavor and lessens the strength of it on your breath after)
Pink Himalayan Salt
Fresh Ground Black Pepper
1 Tbsp fresh Dill
Olive Oil + More Dill to Garnish!
If you used fresh raw beets, you will need to cook them down a bit first! Boil them in water for about 45 minutes until tender. Drain then peel them before adding them to your food processor or blender!
If you use frozen beets (easiest + fastest), pour your pre-sliced beets into a saucepan and heat until they are tender. I do this first - then by the time I have added all of the ingredients into the food processor, the beets are ready to go! I have never needed to drain mine but drain any excess water as needed.
Once your beets are ready - just toss all your ingredients into a blender or food processor for about 5 minutes - scooping down the sides every so often!
Done!! Spread on toast with eggs, fresh veggies (Cucumbers are my favorite!), or use some Simple Mills Crackers to just dip with!