Fabulous Beet Juice Recipes

beetsIf you have just gotten into juicing and have just bought your very first juicer then you are probably looking for some recipe ideas. Beets are a terrific addition to any juicing regimen for both taste and nutrition. Beetroot is nature’s gift to better health. It is not only rich in potassium and vitamin C, but it is also packed with anti-carcinogens. They are magic micro-nutrients which can treat and help to prevent cancer.

Beetroot juice makes an excellent tonic for anybody recovering from an illness. It is one of nature’s richest sources of vitamins and minerals. The humble beetroot is one of the few vegetables which can treat a range of health problems. Anyone suffering from an inflammatory disease should try adding a glass of beetroot juice to their daily diet. Beets are easy to juice and any of the top ranked juicers on the market will have no problem extracting all of the goodness that this veggie contains. Below are some recipes that you can try out in your new juicing machine.

Juicing for the Heart

A heart healthy beetroot recipe:

1 Red apple
1 Beetroot
2 Sticks of celery

Unless you are using an organically grown beetroot, it might be a good idea to peel it. Wash your apple and vegetables and put them through your juicer.

This juice mixture should be drunk before breakfast, or you can refrigerate and drink a little before every meal.

This recipe will help to both cleanse the blood and support heart function. Pectin in the apple reduces arterial inflammation, and celery is known to lower blood pressure

People who suffer from heart disease often have elevated levels of cholesterol. Folate, or folic acid, does not only support the heart, but it also helps our blood to deal with fats. Cholesterol is a type of fat which is deposited on the arterial walls, and can eventually lead to heart attacks.

As beetroots are very rich in folate, the juice of one beetroot can be just as effective as taking a statin. The folate gently removes undesirable fats from the blood stream without causing any harm. Statin medication is associated with liver problems and diabetes.

Potassium is also one of the active ingredients in the greens of beetroots. It helps to support liver function, but more than anything it helps to maintain a normal heart beat. All modern heart drugs contain potassium.

Juicing for the Prostate

Keep your prostate healthy with this recipe;

1 Beetroot
2 Tomatoes
4 Broccoli florets

Prostate problems are very common. A prostate problem is indicated by a raised PSA level, but that does not mean you have prostate cancer. It can also indicate inflammation of the prostrate or a urinary tract infection.

All red fruit and vegetables contain betacyanin. This is what makes the fruit or vegetable develop a red color. Beetroots are richer in betacyanin than any other fruit or vegetable. Scientists now know that that this color pigment is not only highly anti-carcinogenic, but it also helps to fight inflammation.

The prostrate is a gland and when it becomes inflamed other problems such as cancer can develop. The betacyanin in beetroots will not only help to reduce inflammation, but it will also support healthy cell growth.

Tomatoes are rich in lycopene. This is a micro nutrient which is known to promote good prostrate health. Broccoli is packed with bioflavonoids and antioxidants which are both recognized as cancer fighting compounds.

The best way to use this juice remedy is to drink it before breakfast in the morning. Remember to peel the beetroot if necessary and wash the other ingredients.

Despite a lot of information to the contrary, we still ignore the health benefits of many fruits and vegetables. Beetroots are both easy to grow and cheap to buy. They are one of the best vegetables we can use to help to boost and improve our health.

Getting Into Juicing

Juicing is a great way to not only provide your health with a tremendous boost, but also create an infinite amount of cool drinks to help you relax. We always love to break out the juicer on those warm morning to help us start off the day right. We highly suggest getting a juice extractor for your own kitchen so that you too can start taking advantage of everything that fresh fruit and vegetable juice can do for you.

Having a juicer can really transform your life. It is a great way to boost energy, undo bad eating habits, and it is a convenient way to get all the nutrients that your body needs to feel good and perform. Yes, we are juicing advocates, but only because we have experienced first hand what it can do. For a better understanding of all of the benefits that getting a juicer can provide you, check out the informative video below.

Do You Suffer With Adult Acne?

acne-creamAdult Acne is pretty much the same with the type of acne suffers by younger and teenage years. Causes and symptoms also are almost the same. Acne treatment is also available for adult acne except for some with added risk factors too likely to be considered. One particular restriction is imposed for the pregnant and breastfeeding moms, because there could be some chemicals or acidic contents that could harm one’s health, therefore, that should be avoided.

Acne commonly occurs during adolescence stage, and then usually continues into adulthood. For most of the people reaches early twenties, acne lessens over time and tends to disappear, or at least decreases. Thus, there is no way to predict how long will it take acne to disappear completely, and some persons will carry this burden into a decade or more if not properly treated.

Statistics shows that almost 25% of adult men and about 50% of the adult women were affected by adult acne at some point in their adult stage. The study shows that majority on the population that suffers to this kind of skin problem are women. This is because the hormonal activity such as menstrual cycle and puberty contributes to the factors that affect to the formation of the acne. About one third of the adults with acne everywhere in the face also have acne all over the body as the same time. This for sure is very unpleasant and hard to cope, and could definitely cause too much depression and anxiety in the adults.

Adult Acne Cautions

With this we should be aware of the proper diet and eating balance to help minimize any acne breakouts. A diet with high glycemic load is associated to worsening the acne. Consumption of milk has also an association between the rate and severity of the acne. Likewise chocolate and salt has high glycemic load, thus it is not recommended to include much in your diet.

Adult acne treatment and care could be associated with the treatment on teen acne. Both have almost the same causes and symptoms, except that you have to consider some additional risk factor before taking as such, so it could be an effective acne treatment for adults with possibly a little adjustment on the chemical concentration. You could try Benzoyl peroxide, which is good in controlling austerity of the acne outbreak and could also help lessens the risk of forming into scars.

Adult Acne Treatments

Retinoid treatment helps to provide additional antibiotic action to react on the specific bacteria. However, most of the physicians may be unwilling to prescribe antibiotics because some research proves that certain bacteria are becoming more resistant to antibiotic and over-prescription of such might only worsen the problem.

Mild to moderate adult acne could be treated effectively by products based azelaic acid. Azelaic acid products are less irritating than retinoids. Usually 20% base solution of azelaic acid is used to treat such type of acne. One that could be a side effect of this acne treatment is that it may affect the skin pigmentation.

Natural acne treatment method could also be an effective solution to such skin problem. Things like baking soda, aloe vera jelly, raw honey, apple cider vinegar, could replace exfoliants, moisturizers, cream and other chemical based acne treatments. Because it is natural, it is very gentle to the skin and an effective method of accelerating healing process. Also natural products help fight current skin breakouts and helping repair the skin and help to prevent pimples.

Whether you have have teenage acne or adult acne, the good thing is that there’s still lot of options and methods to consider for an acne treatment.

Here is an interesting clip about adult acne from the Dr. Oz show.

Treat Yourself With Some Greek Desserts

greekdessertsThe ancient Greeks left behind a rich culinary legacy of varied foods that the world has loved for many years. From the delicate and fragile to crunchy and chew, Greece is known for its delicious easy to make desserts.  If you can’t travel to Greece then the next best thing is to bring it to yourself.  Recipes are a fantastic way to travel the world without leaving the comfort of your own kitchen.  So why not treat yourself to some of the finer delicacies that the world has to offer. Here are some traditional Greek desserts that you can prepare for your family.

Baklava

When you talk about a Greek dessert, this is the dish many people tend to think about. This food is not only good for people who love Greek food, but also people who prefer nuts in their desserts.

Ingredients

1/2 lb almonds, 1 lb coarsely ground walnuts, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon, 2 cups of water, 10 whole cloves, 1 1/2 cups of sugar, lemon juice, 1/2 lb unsalted butter (melted), 1 lb phyllo pastry sheets.

Preparation

Mix the walnuts, sugar, cinnamon and almonds in a bowl. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.

Carefully remove he phyllo roll from the plastic sleeve. Many packages come in 12 *18 inch sheets when fully opened. Use a pair of scissors to cut the sheets in half. To prevent drying, cover one stack with wax paper and damp paper towel while working with the other.

Use a pastry brush to brush the bottom and sides of your rectangular pan. Start by layering 6 sheets of phyllo making sure you brush each with the melted butter.

Add half of the nut mixture in an even layer. Flatten the mixture using a spatula. Continue layering another 6 sheets of pyhllo and then add the remaining mixture in an even layer. Top with remaining phyllo sheets.

Before you start baking, score the top layer of your phyllo to enable easier cutting of pieces later. Place the pan in the freezer to harden the top layers and then use a serrate knife.

Bake in a 325 degrees oven for 45 minutes. While the Baklava is baking, prepare your syrup.

Prepare the syrup by mixing water and sugar in a medium saucepan. Add some cloves and then simmer over medium heat for 20 minutes. Remove the heat and discard the cloves. Stir in the lemon juice and allow the syrup to cool.

Ladle the syrup into the pan when the baklava is ready.

Risagalo

Greek rice pudding is thick, creamy and very delicious. The Greeks call this ‘glace’ and it resembles Arborio rice. You can try this recipe with either long or short grain rice, depending on what you prefer.

Ingredients

2 tablespoon butter, ¼ pinch of salt, 1 quart milk, 3 inch strip of lemon rind, 1/3 cup of rice, 2 eggs, 1 tablespoon vanilla extract and ground cinnamon for serving.

Preparation

Start by melting the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add milk and salt and then let it boil.

Add rice and lemon rind and let it boil for about 25 minutes. Stir frequently to prevent the rice from sticking to the bottom of your pot. When the rice is cooked, remove the lemon rind and stir in the sugar.

Add the warm milk mixture to the beaten eggs to temper them and prevent them from curdling.

Reduce the heat and add the eggs-milk mixture into the pot. Stir well and continue to cook until the mixture thickens. Remove the pot from heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Let it cool.

Dust with a sprinkle of ground cinnamon. Enjoy your dessert at room temperature or chilled.

Halva

This dessert has Arabic origins but has been adopted by the Greeks and is widely served during the fasting periods. This is because the dessert has no eggs or dairy products.

Ingredients

2 cups of coarse semolina, ¼ cup olive oil, 1/2 cup vegetable oil, ¼ cup pine nuts, four 1/2 cups of water, ¼ cups raisins, two 1/2 cups of sugar, 1/2 cup honey, three 4 whole cloves, 2-inch piece of orange peel, 3 small pieces of cinnamon stick and ground cinnamon for dusting.

Preparation

Add water, sugar, cinnamon sticks, honey, orange peel and cloves to a medium saucepan. Boil for 5 minutes and then lower the heat. Simmer gently and then remove the clove, cinnamon and orange peel.

In another bigger saucepan, over medium heat, add oil and heat until shimmering. Add coarse semolina and continue cooking. Stir frequently to prevent sticking. Cook until the grains start to toast and turn a deep golden color.

Remove the pot from the heat and add hot syrup to the semolina mixture. Stir in the raisins, walnuts and pine nuts. Continue to cook until the semolina absorbs all the liquid. Cover the pot and set aside to cool for about 10 minutes.

Spoon the mixture into a pudding mold. Allow your pudding to cool to room temperature before serving. To serve, sprinkle with some chopped nuts and cinnamon.

Let’s Cook Greek

greek-recipesGreek food can be both extremely tasty as well as a healthy alternative to daily fast food diets. Mirroring its rich architecture and history, Greek cuisine is nothing short of iconic. Experiencing different cultures through food is a great way to expand your horizons and give the family something different. Below are some recipes that you can try to help spice things up a bit.

If you are in the mood to cook Mediterranean food or experience the Greek way of life through their cuisine, you can try this classic appetizer Moussaka, one of the most widely recognized Greek dishes. It can be served as both an appetizer or as part of the main course.

Ingredients you will need:

4 lbs. eggplants
1 lb. potato
2 large onions (finely chopped)
1 and 1/2 lbs. ground beef
2 clove garlic (minced)
1/2 cup red wine
1/4 cup parsley (chopped)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground allspice
1 cup tomato (pureed)
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 tsp sugar
salt and pepper to taste
2 cups breadcrumbs
8 egg white (lightly beaten)
1 cup Parmesan cheese (grated)

Ingredients for the Bechamel Sauce

1 cup butter (salted)
1 cup flour
4 cups milk (warm)
8 egg-yolk (lightly beaten)
Pinch of ground nutmeg

Directions

Start off by peeling the eggplants partially (leaving stripes of 1 inch wide peels around the eggplant). Slice the eggplants into 1/2 inch slices. Then salt the eggplants generously to get rid of the bitterness. Put it in a colander to remove excess water and cover it properly. It’s best to leave it for an hour but if you are in a hurry, you can let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes.

While the eggplants are in the colander, peel the potatoes and bring them to a boil. When the potatoes are slightly done remove from heat, drain the water and slice into 1/4 inches.

Add a splash of water to the egg-whites and lightly beat them. Next, rinse the eggplants and dry with a paper towel. Dip them in the egg mixture and coat all the eggplants with breadcrumbs.

Spread the eggplants on two lightly greased baking sheets lined with aluminum foil. Put them inside a preheated oven and bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Turn each of the eggplants and bake for another 15 minutes.

In a large pan, fry the ground beef until the pink flesh turns brown. Add onion and garlic and saute until translucent and fragrant (It will take you about 5 to 6 minutes). Next add wine and the rest of the spices (parsley, tomato paste, cinnamon, allspice, tomato puree and sugar). Let it simmer for 15 minutes. When it turns dry and chunky add salt and pepper and remove from heat.

For the Bechamel Sauce melt butter at low heat. Add flour to the butter while whisking continuously until it turns into a smooth paste. Add warm milk to the mixture. Simmer over low heat until it thickens. Lastly, add a pinch of nutmeg and stir in the egg yolk . Return the mixture to heat and stir it until it thickens to a creamy consistency.

To assemble the Moussaka, sprinkle breadcrumbs on a lightly greased lasagna pan. Place a layer of the sliced potato on it. Then layer it with the eggplants. Add meat sauce and shredded cheese on top of it. Repeat the previous steps with another layer of eggplants. Lastly, pour the Bechamel sauce over it. Top it off with shredded Parmesan cheese and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

Greek Cream Cheese-Stuffed Chicken

It’s an easy dish that is commonly served as the main course. It’s made with common kitchen ingredients and it’s a great way to add a foreign flavor to your regular chicken dish. It is loved by many for its creamy texture and nostalgic Greek flavors.

Ingredients

6 chicken breasts (boneless and skinless)
8 ounce whipped cream cheese
3/4 cup crumpled feta cheese
1 tomato (diced)
6 ounce black olives (chopped)
1/4 onion (chopped)
1/4 cup spinach (chopped)

In a bowl mix tomato, olives, feta cheese, cream cheese, onion and spinach to make a cream mixture. Cut each chicken breast from one side in the middle and spread it open. Take a spoonful of the cream mixture and spread it on one side of the chicken breast. Fold each of the chicken breasts and secure them nicely.

Preheat an outdoor grill on medium high heat and lightly grease the gates. Place the secured chicken breasts on an aluminum foil. Cook them on the grill for 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat when the center is no longer pink, or when the juices are running clear. If you use an instant read thermometer then check the temperature of the meat in the center, it should give a reading of 165 degrees. Serve fresh with a glass of wine.

Video Recipe

Here is an additional recipe that you can try. This video demonstrates how you can prepare tradition Greek stuffed tomatoes in your kitchen.