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I’ve got the beet!

Posted Mar 01 2012 2:43pm

Do you know the feeling that slaps you in the face  when the half marathon you planned to do on May 19th is actually on April 7th?  Well, that little situation hit me a couple of weeks ago.  I had hopes for a high mileage training plan with a huge goal PR and the change in date has lead to me to adjust both my training plan AND goal time!  But, I’m still shooting for a PR and I have an 8k in Raleigh, NC this weekend!

My quick increase in mileage has made me hungrier lately and craving lots of sugar and fat (desserts are for sure my big weakness, and I have succumbed to the cravings so much lately). But, I’m still maintaining a heavy veggie load every day, trying to cook/prepare some tasty and easy meals!

Today’s Lunch:

Grapefruit, Beet, & Lentil Salad:

For the salad:

1-2 c Spinach

1/2 Grapefruit, sliced into pieces. reserve two pieces

1/4 c Cooked lentils (I cook mine in vegetable stock)

1 Steamed Beet

Dressing (Adapted from Cooking Light’s Sweet Citrus Dressing)

2 tsp Olive Oil

1.5 tsp Local Honey

1/4 tsp Cumin

Grapefruit juice from the two reserved pieces shown above (Cooking light uses lemon juice)

Wisk ingrediants until incorporated. Serves 1.

This may seem like a lot of effort for a salad, but the key to making tasty meals is prepping some versatile  ingredients that can a be used throughout the week.  I cooked lentils on monday so I could eat them throughout the week!  Beets take quite awhile to steam (30-45 minutes) and I have very little patience.  So, I steamed the beets at night after dinner while studying and plopped ‘um in some tubaware to keep in the fridge!  However, don’t keep vegetables cut/prepped for too long in the fridge, because oxidation decreases the nutritional value (think about how avocados and apples quickly brown when they’ve been cut!) Beets can be used in a salad, or fantastic to add to smoothies because of their sweetness and color.  They are also quite nutritious!   They are a good source of Vitamin C, Iron, Magnesium, Fiber, Folate, Potassium, & Manganese.

Are there any Beet fans out there?  What’s your favorite way to eat a beet?

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