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Extreme Diabetes Management: A Magical Colorful & Sweet Beet Salad

Seafarer Mama (Karen) loves to lose herself in the culinary arts by mixing her storytelling 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.

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 timeCook timeReady inYields

25 min

5 min

30 min

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.

Nutrition Research Notes

This salad is packed with lots of vitamins and minerals. Vitamin C is in rich supply among all of the ingredients. This salad also has 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 homegrown creation.

Abundant harvest blessings to all of you!

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

How do you like this salad recipe?

© 2018 Karen A Szklany

Comments

Karen A Szklany (author) from New England on May 25, 2018:

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

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 25, 2018:

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.

Karen A Szklany (author) from New England on May 25, 2018:

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

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on May 25, 2018:

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,