Extreme Diabetes Management: A Magical Colorful & Sweet Beet Salad

Updated on June 15, 2018
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Seafarer Mama (Karen) loves to lose herself in the culinary arts by mixing her story-telling with sharing recipes.

A deliciously colorful beet salad posed for this photograph alongside some of the ingredients that gave themselves to its creation.
A deliciously colorful beet salad posed for this photograph alongside some of the ingredients that gave themselves to its creation. | Source

My Magical Beet Salad

Welcome back to my Extreme Diabetes Management recipe series! The recipes in this series were created during a very strict detox food challenge recommended by my chiropractor as a way to potentially reverse my Type II Diabetes. My change in eating habits required that I stop eating all processed foods, sugars, dairy (except for butter and heavy whipping cream), fruits (except for avocado), starches, legumes, grains, sauces and alcohol. As a result, I reduced my A1c from 7.0 to 6.4. This has encouraged me to keep the eating habits I've developed as a result of this food challenge.

This article features a magical colorful and sweet beet salad that's perfect as a full lunch or afternoon snack. It's delicious, crunchy, and filled with fabulous heart-healthy, energy-boosting foods. The sweetness is all natural; the salad contains no sweeteners. Best of all, the recipe makes enough to share with a friend.

Cook Time

Prep time: 25 min
Cook time: 5 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: 1 -3 bowls of salad perfect for lunch or a snack

Ingredients

  • 2 Beets, peeled and grated
  • 1 Carrot, peeled and grated
  • 1 cup String Beans (or any other type of greens), chopped
  • 1 Lemon, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon zest, grated
  • 1/2 cup Tree nuts or seeds, chopped
  • 1 dash black pepper
  • 1 pinch sea salt

Instructions

  1. Assemble all of the ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Toss the ingredients together until they become a magically colorful salad.
  3. Eat for lunch or a snack. Share with a friend.

Nutritional Values for this Beet Salad

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 180
Calories from Fat45
% Daily Value *
Fat 5 g8%
Saturated fat 2 g10%
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 17 g6%
Sugar 6 g
Fiber 6 g24%
Protein 7 g14%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 21 mg1%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Nutrition Research Notes

This salad is packed with lots of vitamins and minerals. Vitamin C is in rich supply among all of the ingredients. Also present are Vitamin A, Calcium, Potassium and Iron. This means that the salad is best eaten along with a very tall glass of water!

In addition to all of the vitamins, beets support cardiovascular health. They help keep blood pressure down and increase stamina if you enjoy hearty exercise like cycling long distances.

Carrots contain betacarotene, which supports the health of our eyes. They also contain antioxidants that help prevent cancer.

String beans are another mighty ally in preventing cancer, particularly colon cancer. They are helpful in controlling diabetes, and they carry a large dose of folic acid.

Grow Your Own Salad!

If you love to grow your own vegetables, most of the salad ingredients are commonly grown in home gardens: beets, carrots and string beans. If you also grow sunflowers like I do, those can be harvested and added to your home-grown creation.

Abundant harvest blessings to all of you!

Poetry in Motion: Tossing Together the Ingredients to a Magical Beet Salad

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    © 2018 Karen A Szklany

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      • Seafarer Mama profile imageAUTHOR

        Karen A Szklany 

        4 months ago from New England

        Hi Peggy ~ Yes, the perfect salad to share with girlfriends ~ you're very welcome. Enjoy in good health!

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        Peggy Woods 

        4 months ago from Houston, Texas

        This sounds delicious. Sadly my hubby does not like beets but I can make this when I have some girl friends over for lunch. Thanks for your recipe.

      • Seafarer Mama profile imageAUTHOR

        Karen A Szklany 

        4 months ago from New England

        Hi Audrey,

        Glad you enjoyed reading about this beet salad. Don't think I mentioned sugar as an ingredient, though. It's sweet on its own with all of the veggies and lemon juice. Hope you have a chance to make it.

        A toast to your health and peace!

        Karen/Seafarer Mama

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        Audrey Hunt 

        4 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        I cast my vote for this healthy delicious beet salad. It's a little high in carbs, but I'll subtract the fiber grams from the carb grams and use stevia in place of sugar,

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