The first time I saw this beauty I could not stop smiling.  I thought to myself, this is why I love real food–its surprising, beautiful, delicious and so nourishing to the body.

Seriously, how gorgeous is this beet?Screen Shot 2016-06-16 at 12.43.27 PM

It’s called a Chioggia Beet.

It’s not artificially colored.

Or genetically modified.

It’s just honest to goodness, all natural from Mother Nature.

The Chioggia beet is also known as the candy cane beet or the bulls eye beet and is an heirloom beet from Chioggia, Italy (hence the name).Screen Shot 2016-06-16 at 12.43.44 PM

It can be prepared the same as any other beet but sadly the stripes fade when the beet is cooked.

I find that because of their sweetness, Chioggia beets are great for a raw salad.

Beets are a very smart & sexy food to enjoy regularly because they are great for the heart and circulation.  They purify the blood, alleviate constipation, and aid the liver.

7 years ago I would have never raved about a beet.  I thought they were gross, earthy and inedible.  I shunned them along with just about every other food that was good for my body.

Fortunately, for me, my body and everyone around me, I finally “grew up” and started to try foods that actually gave me something (whole foods) rather than took away from my body (processed foods, refined sugar and for me, gluten & dairy).

Now, I’m so in love with beets and SOOOOO in love with this beauty of a dish I made tonight.

It’s super easy to make and I’m thinking you’re going to love it as much as I do.

Oh, and have you ever wondered why your urine turns pink when you eat a beet?  Or when your poop comes out magenta after eating them?

Well, according to nutritionist Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D., pink urine may indicate an iron deficiency while magenta stool indicates adequate iron. Hmmm…I bet you’ll be checking your “elimination” the next time you go eh?

Hope you enjoy this simple, easy, smart & sexy Beet dish!  If you’ve previously shunned beets like I used to, I challenge you to try it…you may be surprised!

Grated Chioggia Beet Lime Salad (Raw)

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Makes 4-6 servings

2 medium sized beets, washed, peeled and grated
Juice of 2 limes
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon mint, minced
Sea salt and pepper to taste

Grate the beets and put into a medium sized serving bowl.  Add in the lime juice, olive oil, mint and sea salt and pepper and mix together.  Store in refrigerator for up to 5 days.

I’d love to hear how much you love this dish–feel free to leave a comment here or on Facebook.