Last week I shared how when I was a kid I pretty much hated every vegetable.  Along with Brussels Sprouts, Beets were very high up on the list.  They are “earthy” and just “beety”….(for all the mom’s reading, there is hope for your picky kids).

Just like Brussels Sprouts, I’m now loving Beets…even raw!

I’m kind of lazy in the warmer weather when it comes to eating (ok, let’s be honest, I’m lazy about it most of the time) so soups are the best way for me to get great nutrients in.

And this Beet soup (by my wonderful chef mom) is so refreshing, satisfying and amazingly good for you–and can help reduce your sugar cravings.  Here’s why:

Beets--Not only are they a wonderful tonic for the liver and they purify the blood, they were also considered an aphrodisiac by the ancient Romans because they contain a high amount of boron, which is directly related to the production of human sex hormones. Never knew how Smart & Sexy Beets are, eh?

Lemon--Even though they are an acidic food, lemons are alkalizing to the blood, which is a good thing as it helps to cleanse the blood. And, lemons stimulate the flow of saliva, which eases the work of the liver.

Apple–One of the keys to balancing blood sugar is to make sure you have enough fiber in your diet.  Apples are a great way to ensure that.  Studies have shown that women who eat at least one apple a day are 28% less likely to develop type 2 diabetes.

Cucumber--Cucumber juice is said to contain a hormone, which is needed by the cells of the pancrease for producing insulin, which is benefical for diabetics.  They are also great for helping people lose weight as their high water content and dietary fiber help to rid the body of toxins from the digestive system.

Enjoy this soup, let me know what you think!

Cleansing Beet Soup
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By Janice’ Esposito

1 beet, peeled
1 large rainer apple (cored, organic if possible)
1/2 large cucumber (organic if possible, if not peeled)
1 lemon, peeled
*1/2 cup apple juice*
Hot water (start with 3/4 cup then add more for your desired consistency)
Sea Salt to taste

Add all items to a Vita-mix or a high-speed blender and blend until smooth.

* If you don’t have apple juice, just add more water, it just adds some more sweetness*

I’d love to hear what you think about this soup AND, if you like it, please share it with a friend!