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BEET IT!!! BEEEEEEEEET IT!!!! Just BEET it!

Guys!!! I forgot to warn you people but here goes…. I AM ALWAYS THINKING ABOUT FOOD! There! Secret is out. I can think about food to the point where if I don’t get up and get it, I’d dream about it when I sleep…lol. Nobody taught me food combos, I didn’t read about/do any research about what food goes with what, it comes naturally and instinctively to me because…. I love food! The only difference is that, nowadays, instead of thinking of heart attack inducing-cholesterol thickening type foods, I’m teaching my brain/mind to start thinking about cucumbers & beets & carrots etc and how to make them appealing to my sweet tooth.
See for me, food is equal parts visual, equal parts taste; which is why I be side-eyeing the hell out of those spinach/beet mixed Eba I keep seeing on Instagram, WTF?! Why is Eba green like diarrhea? Or red like food used in Nigerian movies to sacrifice to forest gods? No thank you!!!
Anyways, earlier today, after my morning jog (more like a walk because my pace today was atrocious, but that’s story for another day); I came home and made myself a delicious semi frozen slushie type smoothie, I shared the photo & recipe on my twitter @GBTheBlog and it got a number of faves, I’m guessing folk want to recreate it. I can’t blame them. Fitfam or not, that smoothie looked so good (and tasted even better), longer throat was expected.. hahahaha
I mean…. Just look at this? Wanna try it? Here’s all you need (serves 2)

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  • Watermelon – 300ml
  • Pineapple – 200ml
  • Pink grapefruit – 200ml
  • Pawpaw – 200ml
  • Beetroot – 100ml

 

 

 

Just toss into the blender and puree for a minute and your 60 seconds slushie is ready! This recipe serves 2; meaning you can share with a friend or save a portion for later. If you drink all of this at once, you must be incredible hulk  Lmao. Refreshing I tell you!

Anyways, morning shot aside; naturally I started thinking about lunch (What? Don’t look at me! I start thinking early to save time).. lol. Thinking…. Thinking… thinking…. Then… *lightbulb* BEET SALAD!!!! I squealed. My Lithuanian flatmate used to make me the most delicious beet salad circa 2011/2012 and I loved it so much; I hadn’t made any in a while so understand my excitement. The only challenge was she used to make hers with mayonnaise and some kain Lithuanian things that definitely weren’t fitfam so I had to find a healthier substitute. My greek yoghurt from here came in very handy. I’m loving this thing where everything I make has part of my own ingredients, watch out Barefoot Contessa 😀

 

Ingredients: Serves 2

1 medium sized Cucumber -diced (300ml)
Diced carrot – 300ml
Sweet corn – 200ml
1 green apple – 150ml
1 medium beet – 200ml
Greek yoghurt – 2 tablespoons
Unsweetened yoghurt – 2 tablespoons
Honey – 2 tablespoons

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Steps:

1. Put the beet in a pot and add water to boil. Place on burner and leave to boil for about 20 minutes. This is to soften the beet. Some people use it raw but I don’t like mine raw in a salad. Steaming it also reduces the strong taste; you want to be able to taste everything else in the salad. I only have raw beet in smoothies (as shown above and juiced)
2. While the beet is cooking, wash and dice your cucumber, carrot and green apple.

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3. When your beet is cooked and tender, remove from the burner and peel. If it’s too hot to touch, hold it under running water for a while to cool off. Peel and then dice into smaller pieces.

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4. Now put all the ingredients together in a salad bowl and add 2 tablespoons of greek yoghurt, 2 tablespoons of unsweetened yoghurt and 2 tablespoons of honey (for sweetness). The honey is totally optional but I have a sweet tooth so…

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5. Remember, I’m using yoghurt as my dressing/thickener because…fitfam. If you want to use mayonnaise, it’s totally fine. The original recipe uses mayo anyways.

6. Mix it all up and your beet salad is ready.

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7. This recipe measurement serves 2 (3 if you want to stretch it) and is under 300 calories per serving. WIN!!!!

8. You can add a squeeze of lemon juice if you like that sweet/sour taste clash.

9. By the time you load this page and finish reading this post, another beet salad can be ready. It’s that simple and quick.  Be inspired! Enjoy! 😀

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There you have it. How do you make yours? Any pro-tip? Pls share below

 


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  • Reply zainab February 26, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    Seember baby!! Lookatchu!! Rock star.
    This is awesome. I remember eating so much beets in uni. My kazakh friend put in almost everything. My favorite, was beet and lamb stew. Then there was no Russian crazy friend, who made a sort of coleslaw but with beets. Gorgeous. You’re making want to “beet it” too 🙂 .

    • GorgeousBskin
      Reply GorgeousBskin February 26, 2015 at 5:34 pm

      My baby Zee 😀
      I think beets need to be crowned the unofficial student food because…. Lol.
      When are you going to recreate the beet & lamb stew and honour us with a guest post? You know you set yourself up on this one. Ha ha
      Thanks for stopping by here :*

  • Reply sabiraho February 26, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    I’ve never had beets before, with anything. Are they sweet? such an intense colour too

    • GorgeousBskin
      Reply GorgeousBskin February 26, 2015 at 6:31 pm

      Hey Sab!
      Welcome ! 😀 interestingly, that’s one of the major reasons I love them, for that intense unapologetic colour.
      Beets taste different depending on preparation. Raw, they have that dusty smell of early rains, steamed they tasted slightly milder. But no matter how little, it always takes over the entire content of what it was added to. I love them.

  • Reply TenTen February 27, 2015 at 10:48 am

    I saw some almonds in the first picture, did that go into the salad as well. I think i like this recipe will definitely try it out.

    • GorgeousBskin
      Reply GorgeousBskin February 27, 2015 at 11:09 am

      Hi Ten
      Decided to skip the almonds yesterday cos I wanted to keep it under 300 calories, I’m having the last portion today and I’ll definitely crush some almonds into it for extra crunch. Let me know how yours turns out. Cheers xx

  • Reply Berny Simz February 27, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    Nice info,keep it up!!!! will start juicing next week,thanks to ur write up 🙂

    • GorgeousBskin
      Reply GorgeousBskin February 27, 2015 at 1:24 pm

      Fantastic! Your body will thank you for it. All the best xx

  • Reply If you ask your mummy, don’t forget to ask your daddy as well….. – Gorgeous Brown Skin February 28, 2015 at 10:58 pm

    […] I was telling you guys about the delicious beet salad my flatmate used to make and it just took me down memory lane mehn. I went on facebook and went […]

  • Reply Let’s play favourites – Gorgeous Brown Skin March 3, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    […] about 100ml of beet to it and the beet completely took over the colour & taste. I also made a beet salad and as expected, it completely took over. Like I said….. quite the […]

  • Reply Siri April 9, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    Thanks for this. Please where can I get beetroots from in Lagos?

    • GorgeousBskin
      Reply GorgeousBskin April 9, 2016 at 12:44 pm

      You’re very welcome Siri.
      I reckon any fruit/veggie stall should have. It’s not hard to find at all

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