01.28.2015

Because You Know I’m All About Tha Beets, Bout Tha Beets….

beet and tangerine salad

Eating clean has always been something that has been important to me. If you think about it, your insides really are what you eat. And since I firmly believe that, I attempt to follow an 80/20 rule (that 80 is for the healthy stuff… don’t try to flip it around now!). Clean eating Sunday-Friday afternoon, with cheat days Friday evening and Saturday. I’ve found that this works best for me. This method leaves me feeling fulfilled without that deprived feeling. I don’t go to bed hungry and I don’t have regular ravenous cravings (I don’t count those cravings on cheat days :)). Most importantly? I don’t feel the need to detox with juice cleanses (I’m terrified they will just leave me hangry.. and that just wouldn’t be pretty…), rather I get to incorporate them into my weekly menu.

 With that being said, it can be so easy to fall into a routine of “I know this is healthy so I’ll just eat it everyday,” (like when I decided I would have carrots everyday for months on end…no joke here). What I have found is that (and I really don’t have medical research here) I end up depriving myself of a variety and nutrients that I may not be getting by eating the same foods daily. What’s a girl to do when this is her dilemma?? Explore in the kitchen of course. My new obsession? Beets. Their health benefits are numerous… a cleansing agent, helper of your mental health, a source of energy, and loaded with vitamins. I love their consistency and the colors they add to a meal. Paired with the citrus flavor of the tangerines and the sweetness of the dried cranberries and you’ve got yourself a perfectly clean, healthy, and delicious salad. On a side note, if you wanted to make this a meal, add a little quinoa, the protein should make it feel heartier 🙂

Beet and Tangerine Salad

Ingredients:

1 Medium Tangerine (peeled and separated)
2 Medium Organic Golden Beets (roasted and sliced)
1 Medium Organic Red Beet (roasted and sliced… if you’re scared of staining your hands red Trader Joe’s has some that are roasted and pre-packaged)
3 cups of organic Spinach
2 Tablespoons organic dried cranberries
Dressing: Trader Joe’s Orange Muscat Champagne Vinegar (to your preference)

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients and devour 🙂

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beet and tangerine salad

beet and tangerine salad

beet and tangerine salad

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