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What to Do with Red Beets – Real Food Basics

Beets are high in antioxidants and disease-fighting phytonutrients.

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Beets are high in antioxidants and disease-fighting phytonutrients which act as cancer-preventive and are anti-inflammatory to the body. Beets are also, like carrots, high in the antioxidant lutein which promotes overall eye health and help protect the eyes from macular degeneration and cataracts.

But believe it or not, it’s actually the beet greens that have the highest amount of antioxidants, so if you can find red beets with their greens still attached; buy that! You can use the greens in a salad, add to a stir-fry, make a green drink in a blender together with water, ginger and lemon, or add some in a smoothie. The actual beet root still is high in antioxidants, but the beet greens are even higher, so don’t throw away the beet greens like I used to do years ago! 😉

Beets are one of the more nitrate-rich vegetables out there, which have shown to positively benefit cholesterol levels. The organic nitrates found in beets are also beneficial for boosting energy and performance, which is why red beet juice can be used as an energy drink before, during, or after a workout.

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What to Do with Eggplant – Real Food Basics

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Eggplant, or aubergine as it’s called in most of the world, is one of few fruits that you should never eat raw (yes it’s actually a fruit, not a vegetable!). Because of it’s unique skin, eggplant is one produce that is not as important to buy organic.

Eggplant is often called “poor man’s meat” because when cooked well it has a little similar taste to meat. My favorite meat & eggplant combination is ground meat and cubed eggplant, fried together with chopped onion in coconut oil. Add some salt, pepper and a bit of cinnamon (sounds weird but it’s really good!). You can also add some cayenne pepper. Serve this dish together with cauliflower rice or add some cooked beans and eat it with a spoon. The most important thing i that you try eggplant with ground meat, because it’s really good!! 🙂

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