Today is Valentine’s Day.
We’ve been snowed in with 2 of our kiddos for four days and the thrill is gone. No longer feeling the love.
But somehow the hubster snuck out into the elements and got me roses.
They were waiting for me when I woke up. And coffee. He shows his love for me daily by making my coffee. So although today isn’t the ideal Valentine’s Day, feeling quite happy with the man I love.
So back to Beets. In the last ESWH Challenge, I shared with the participants my experience with beets. I wanted them to know that I could totally relate to their misgivings about certain foods. I also wanted them to understand that your conditioning is not a good enough reason to avoid foods that are actually good for you. As a population we are so unfamiliar with how good food taste that we dismiss items that are not overly sweetened, deep fried or salty. Most processed foods do not start with quality ingredients. Therefore highly processed forms of salt, sugar and fat are added to trick our brains into thinking these foods taste good. They actually do not. They actually taste like chemicals. When we actually taste real food it tastes foreign. My complaint about beets was that they taste like ‘dirt’. I realize now that it was the earthy taste and fibrous texture that I was unfamiliar with. Sad. My experience with beets was my first step in loving real food.
So now I am on a food campaign. It is part of my Revolution. My Challenge peeps were a little skeptical at first but most followed my lead! I walked them through introducing beets into their diet. To make it a little easier, I told them about Love Beets. I discovered them at Whole Foods some time ago and they made my transition easier. Organic (they have organic and non organic varieties) and vacuum sealed, I could cut open the package and plop them in the Vitamix. Remember it took me a while to integrate the entire beet experience into my diet. Love Beets were a huge help! I suggested them to the ladies and they were on a mission to find them in their local store. I learned from one lady that they are also available at Costco (GET OUT!). I learned from another participant that Whole Foods has a try it policy. She was able to get a pack for free! The biggest score came when one reached out to the folks at Love Beets directly. She was unable to locate them in her city and asked for assistance. She took the time to tell them about me and the Challenge. I told you these ladies are ROCK STARS!
Later in the Challenge, I charged them with a chance to win a prize. All they had to do was take a picture of all the fresh produce that had taken over their kitchen. I was thrilled with what I saw! Counters, tabletops and refrigerators overflowing with REAL FOOD! What they didn’t know is that I, too, had reached out to the kind folks at Love Beets and asked for some free goodies. 🙂 Once Brandon heard my excitement about beets (and his product specifically) he was all over it! He sent me a t-shirt, recipe cards and some promotional pins for our contest winner. He also sent me a few others for my lovely blog followers.
We have our very first blog contest!
What do you have to do?
1) “Follow” my blog AND like my Facebook page. Both can be done on this page. Easy peasy.
2) Like the Love Beets page. (By the way, they will give you a $1 coupon for the like!)
3) Submit your favorite beet recipe in the comment section below. You can a link to recipe you’ve tried and loved or you can type out the instructions for your original creation. That’s it!
On Monday, I will choose three winners randomly from those who enter. You have all weekend to submit your recipe. 🙂
What will you win?
A really cool t-shirt like this one. (great quality by the way). The hubster was kind enough to model it for me. Out of his comfort zone for sure! But he got a free shirt for his troubles. Happy Valentine’s Day hon!
I will also throw a few extra goodies including a $5 coupon for Love Beets! Cool huh?
Seem like a whole lot hoopla over a vegetable? Well, to me it is that serious. Besides, I love to support companies who make quality products that make life easier. I am also hoping to encourage those of you out there who are hesitant to give beets (or kale, or parsnips, or turnips) a try!
Here is recipe I found and made from the Love Beets Website. It is really, really good.
Tiffany Goodall’s Beet, Asparagus & Smoked Salmon Salad with a Yogurt and Pepper Dressing
- Preparation Time:
- 5 – 10 mins
- Cooking Time:
- 5 mins
What you’ll need:
- 1 pack (approx. 4.5 oz.) asparagus tips
- 5 oz. watercress and lettuce
- 3.5 oz. smoked salmon
- 2 cooked beets dipped in vinegar (not pickled), cut into eighths
For the dressing:
- 3 tbsp. horseradish cream
- 2 tbsp. organic natural yogurt
- 1 tsp. white wine vinegar
- Fresh ground black pepper to season
- Juice of one lemon
What to do:
- Place the asparagus tips into a pan of boiling water and cook for 3-4 minutes.
- Meanwhile assemble the lettuce and watercress onto 2 small plates and top with the smoked salmon.
- Add the beets. Then drain the asparagus tips and arrange on top of the salad.
- Finally, mix the dressing ingredients together and drizzle over the salad. Garnish with plenty of fresh ground black pepper and finish with the lemon juice.