BENEFITS OF BEETROOT

Beetroots are rich in calcium, iron and vitamins A and C. They are an excellent source of folic acid and a very good source of fibre (we all know what fibre is good for),  manganese and potassium. Beetroot fibre has been shown to increase the level of antioxidant enzymes in the body, as well as increase the number of white blood cells which are responsible for detecting and eliminating abnormal cells.

Beets are also one of the richest sources of glutamine, an amino acid, essential to the health and maintenance of the intestinal tract.

There are so many different ways you can use beetroot – below are 2 of my fave recipes:

BEETROOT, CACAO AND GELATINE PUDDING

  • Beetroot

  • Cucumber

  • Kale

  • Tsp Maca Powder

  • Cinnamon

  • Tbsp Cacao

  • Himalayan rock salt

  • ½ cup rice milk

  • ½ banana

  • 1 Tbsp of beef gelatin

1. Pour all the ingredients into the food processor and mix together for 4 minutes on high until all ingredients mixed together

2. Pour into a small bowls and place in the fridge for 3 hours for it to set

3. Take out and enjoy a healthy pudding with load of nutrients

 

LENTILS WITH ROAST BEETROOT AND GOATS CHEESE

  • 1 bunch (1kg) beetroot, trimmed (see note)

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 medium red onion, halved, thinly sliced

  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

  • 400g can lentils, drained, rinsed

  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

  • 60g goat's cheese, crumbled

  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves

1. Preheat oven to 200°C/180C°C fan-forced. Wrap each beetroot in foil. Place on a baking tray. Bake for 1 hour or until tender. Set aside to cool. Remove and discard foil. Wearing gloves, peel beetroot. Cut into wedges.  

 2. Heat oil in a large, heavy-based frying pan over medium heat. Cook onion, stirring, for 5 minutes or until softened. Add garlic. Cook for 1 minute or until fragrant. Add lentils and beetroot. Cook, tossing, for 3 minutes or until heated through.

3. Transfer mixture to a large bowl. Add vinegar, cheese and mint. Season with pepper. Toss to combine. Serve.

 

Danielle Smith

Danielle Smith is the Founder of Glow For Life, with personal experience acting as the driving force for her passion to make a positive difference to the health and wellness of others.

Danielle tipped the scales at 30kg overweight in her childhood years and was a constant target for bullying. After making the decision to lose weight, Danielle moved to the opposite end of the spectrum, battling anorexia and bulimia for several years. Due to these early issues in her childhood she suffered from health issues later on in life like IBS, an underactive thyroid, nutrient deficiencies which lead to fatigue where she has spent countless hours and dollars with doctors, naturopaths and numerous allied health professionals trying to identify what was wrong.

After a lengthy recovery process, Danielle was able to build a healthy relationship with food, exercise and body image and made this a core priority in her life.

Unfortunately, a corporate career path with no passion or personal motivation caused Danielle’s priorities to slip, with health, fitness and attitude to life all taking a back seat.

The ‘Glow moment’ that Danielle had was a telephone call informing her that her mother was going to die. She was sick with jaundice, had a tracheotomy in her throat, was on a dialysis machine and her body was not receiving the nutrients required. The next day her father was admitted to hospital with renal failure.

Having experienced first-hand what can happen when you don’t prioritise health and wellness, Danielle knew it was her purpose to help educate and assist people to make positive changes in their lives to ensure that they are the ultimate version of themselves.

This was the catalyst for Danielle to quit her corporate career, study fulltime and begin her “Glow for Life” journey.

Since taking the plunge, Danielle has worked as a Personal Trainer at Soultrain in Woolloomooloo and as a Sport Massage therapist for the GWS Giants and worked with Julia Russell Massage therapy with such sports teams like The NSW Waratahs, South Sydney Rabbitohs, West Tigers and the NSW Cricket team.  She has just recently returned from spending time in New York training with some of the elite trainers at Equinox Greenwich in Manhattan and Celebrity Trainer from Muscle Manhattan, as well as training in Thailand at a Muay Thai training camp,  with current Muay Thai champion fighters.

Danielle is currently working with individuals, couples and families as well as in the corporate space, promoting health and wellness in the workplace and in general life.