With all the treats that were popping up for Valentine’s Day, I feel that it is time to get a little healthier again. February is American Heart Month. I feel that it is especially important to eat healthier not just for weight reasons, but for health reasons as well, including heart health. Heart disease is something that affects many people and it can be helped by a person’s eating habits. Fruits and vegetables are especially important to a heart healthy diet and there are some fruits and vegetables that are especially heart healthy.
One great heart healthy food is beets. Beets are low in calories and virtually fat free. They are rich in potassium, folic acid, and antioxidants. Eaten as part of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, beets can help to promote heart health, help lower blood pressure, and bad cholesterol. Beets are heart healthy because they are rich in potassium, which is one of the main minerals responsible for muscle contraction. Beets can also a good source of folic acid, which is important to pre-natal care and development of the baby’s spinal cord.
(Source: Love Beets)
Love Beets specializes in a line of all-natural, freshly cooked, and flavor-infused beets. Their products include marinated baby beets, freshly packed steamed beets, and tasty beet juices. I really love how these beets are already cooked and packaged. They come in so many tasty flavors as well, including Baby Beets Dipped in Fine Mild Vinegar, Baby Beets Infused with Honey and Ginger, Baby Beets Infused with White Wine and Balsamic Vinegar, and Baby Beets Infused in Sweetfire Marinade. My favorite was the Baby Beets Infused with Honey and Ginger. I think that any of these beets are great served as they are or would make a great addition to a salad or any other meal. Currently Love Beets is running a Beet the Odds Facebook Sweepstake. The grand prize includes a year’s supply of Love Beets and a consultation with Ellie Krieger. Make sure to enter and see below for more details.
Using the Love Beets, I decided to make a Pomegranate Berry & Beet Smoothie. I love how smoothies are healthy, yet delicious. Also, I decided to make a great heart healthy smoothie for American Heart Month that was packed with heart healthy items. I started with the beets, which are heart healthy due to their richness in potassium. I also added pomegranate juice (with no sugar added), and blueberries and raspberries, into the smoothie, which are all heart healthy fruits. There is also no added sugar in the smoothie.
These smoothies were so good and tasted so fresh and thirst quenching. It also was sweet enough even though there was no added sugar. The fruits and beets all added their own sweetness to the smoothie. This is from some one that usually adds a bunch of sugar to their smoothies, this one did not need the sugar and that makes it that much healthier. I really liked the combination of the beets with the pomegranate juice, and berries. I was worried about the beets being overwhelming and they definitely are not. They add a lot of nutrients and combine well with the pomegranate and berries. I really loved this smoothie and think it tasted great, plus its so pretty. I hope that you try it!
Love Beets’ Beet the Odds Facebook promotion is a simple sweepstakes to engage consumers and beet fans and to raise awareness about the heart health benefits of beets during American Hearth Month. Love Beets will post four Love Beets recipes and ask fans to share their favorite recipe in order to receive a free product coupon and be entered for the chance to win a grand prize. In addition, every time a fan shares the giveaway with a friend, he or she gets an additional entry. The grand prize includes a year’s supply of Love Beets (26 free product vouchers) and a free nutrition/healthy living consultation with noted nutritionist and cookbook author Ellie Krieger. Make sure to go enter!