Cleansing Beet Slaw
My favourite 'slaw' option!
This cleansing apple, carrot, beet, parsley and lemon slaw is one of my favourite from-scratch options as a side dish/salad, or topping on a burger, in tacos, or in a wrap!
And...it's perfectly suited to the warm, sunny days of spring and summer when you most often crave the crisp, refreshing and cleansing food options!
As it's quick-and-easy to make, is fiber-rich (supportive of digestion) and oh-so-fresh-and-tart tasting, it's most definitely 'Jess-Approved'!
With these types of recipes, I eyeball the ingredients for relative proportions to one another, using appearance and taste and indicators. You can't really go wrong here!
Here's what I did!
Cleansing Beet Slaw
Yield: approx. 4 cups
1 medium-large beet, peeled and grated
2 medium-sized carrots, grated
1 red apple, grated
1 small bunch Italian parsley, chopped (including the stems)
Juice of 2 lemons
Once prepped, combine the beet, carrot, apple and parsley in a mixing bowl and toss to thoroughly combine.
Drizzle lemon juice over the mixture and toss the ingredients to coat, not only to add a fresh burst of flavour, but to prevent the apple from browning as well.
Spoon into your favourite serving dish as a side salad offering, or spoon onto your main dish item as a condiment (i.e. burger, tacos).
*Store leftovers in an airtight glass container and store in the refrigerator. Consume within 3 days' time.
I've even enjoyed a portion of this slaw as part (or all) of the fruit/vegetable component in my smoothies (i.e. approx. 1/2-1 cup, depending on what else is being added to the smoothie).
Do you have a favourite 'slaw' to enjoy? If so, let me know in the comments below!
About a few of the key ingredients...
Contain a group of phytonutrients (plant-based nutrients) called Betalains, which provide anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and detoxification support[i]
Betalains particularly support Phase 2 (of a few phases involved) of liver detoxification; while Phase 1 transforms unwanted substances in the body into neutralized substances, Phase 2 supports the excretion of these neutralized substances from the body[ii]
While an acidic fruit, the metabolism of lemon by the body leaves an alkaline residue in the body (highly desirable!)
Therefore, lemon is extremely valuable for helping to alkalize the internal environment; inflammation loves to thrive in an acidic environment!
Lemon also supports stimulation of digestive juices and metabolism, the Immune System and detoxification by the liver as a highly cleansing, whole food ingredient
ENDNOTES [i] World’s Healthiest Foods: Beets. Retrieved June 24, 2020 from http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=49 [ii] World’s Healthiest Foods: Beets. Retrieved June 24, 2020 from http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=49 #vegan #salads #detoxification #sauces #plantbasedprotein