According to Ayurveda February is the beginning of transition in spring for the body. There are sidle changes that begin to happen in the organs that make one feel like it's time to bring on the bitter, more sour tastes of spring. This is your liver and gall bladder talking. They are beginning to try to get rid of the extra fat molecules and mucus accumulated in them during the winter as protection from the cold. The body begins to feel like it's had enough of hearty root veggies, heavier grains and sweet hot drinks and begins to crave more butter greens, lighter drinks. Some people, especially Kapha People, will take a little longer in this process of shedding the winter heaviness. Help your body out with simple practices like:Getting out of bed upon waking, eating more greens, drinking ginger tea, hot lemon water first thing in am, apple cider vinegar, raw garlic, use beets as the root veg of the month, take supplements like milk thistle and dandelion root, take walks outside, dry brush your body early in the morning. These are just a few.
1 garlic clove
1/2 yellow onion
3 tbsp olive oil
1/2 stalk of celery
1/2 tsp of grated ginger
1 tsp fresh thyme
1/2 tsp dried basil or oregano
Slice the garlic and onion and add to a pan with the oil. Cook on medium until onions are soft and garlic releases its smell. Add celery, dried basil, fresh thyme and ginger and cook a few seconds longer. Cut beets and carrots in quarters and add to the pot. Add water to cover and cook until soft on medium heat. About 20 minutes. Drain, keep water to use as needed in blending process. Add salt and curry powder.
Blend and add chopped parsley to serve with a little oil and pepper.
Benefits of beets:
Beetroots are the rich source of folate, copper, antioxidants, flavonoids, carotenoids, potassium and more. All these help maintain a healthy metabolism. Beetroot also detoxifies the kidneys, flushing out all the toxins.
Beetroots boost the hemoglobin content in your blood which helps prevents and cure anemia. They also contain zero cholesterol which help support the cardiovascular system.
Beetroots have a high iron content which increases oxygen in the cells helping fight cancer cells, and detoxifying internal organs helping them to regenerate new cells.
Beetroots are rich in phytonutrients which help keep cells healthy. Its bitter- sweet taste cleanses your tongue and the esophagus. The crimson colored beetroot has anti- tumor properties.
Beetroots promote healthy circulation and with that act as a natural hydration to skin and preventing wrinkles, fine lines and dark patches.
The list is endless...I encourage you to keep searching and most importantly to add them to your winter into spring diet!