How to pickle beets the zoe friendly way

A Bit of History

So my love of beets began when I was 27 weeks pregnant. I ended in hospital with a diagnosis of SEVERE pre eclampsia. (don’t panic, I signed myself out of hospital 4 days later) and had my bub at 40 weeks! Well, because I still had some pregnancy induced hypertension, I wanted to find ways to help reduce it and carry my baby to full term. That is when I discovered beets! So lets get to know it.

Beets or beetroot as some of us call it is a root vegetable. It is one of the most wonderful superfood that often gets neglected or never gets any credit for what it can do for you. So, why all the beet praise? For starters, it is potent in anti oxidants, and rich in nutrients that are essential for vascular health. That’s right, these babies make your heart and arteries a lot healthier. Beets, are high in:

magnesium – which is found in just about every part of your body, which makes it pretty important! About 50% alone is in your bones! Move over calcium, there’s a new mineral in town and her name is mag. Not only does she keep your heart beating to a steady well timed beat, she keeps your immune strong, your blood pressure down, your blood sugar low (especially when you are sneaking in those mid night not so low glycemic treats), and just to put the gluten free cup cake in your mouth, she helps you synthesize protein!

Than there is the potassium – this dude is freaking awesome! He works with sodium to initiate muscle contraction and helps eliminate excess sodium out of the body. He also helps you hold on to another friend calcium. Depending on who you are and how important calcium is for your body, this could be a good thing or not soo good thing. Either way we know what we are dealing with here. Be warned potassium can also be not soo friendly to some folks so watch out. The kidneys excrete excess potassium from the body so if you suffer from kidney disease, consume drinks that cause dehydration and forget to replenish with water on a regular human functioning basis, you might want to be extremely careful as it can cause toxicity!

Finally there is betaine – this has alot of words we don’t want to go into, so to keep it real, we will put it in a big omg 3 nut shell. Bet you read that as omega, huh? Staying on course, it pretty much protects the cells against osmotic stress and helps prevent dehydration, which could help counter the whole potassium issue for the diuretic drinkers out there. Still an issue for those with kidney disease though so beware and you can bring it up with your GP or Naturopath.

So now that you know alot more about beets, how do I eat it? Well, there is pickling, raw, in a juice, a salad, on a sandwich, like an apple <—-nah just kidding. Seriously though, I eat it with everything. Here is one way I do it

What you will need:

Lots and lots and lots of small to medium sized beets. Preferable the red ones.

apple cider vinager

sea salt

canning jars or any jars from your home built mason jars collection

Lets begin!

Wash beets and place on a try. Place in over set on 380 degrees F or 180 degrees C. Bake for 20mins and remove from oven to cool. My gorgeous mother in law taught me this trick!

Once you remove it from the oven, turn the oven off, you won’t be needing it anymore.

your beets should look something like this. The good news is if you were worried about too much potassium, the baking just cut it down to about half the original amount! Leave to cool. makes it easier to peel later.

next prepare your jars, by filling with hot water and letting stand

I like to use water from the kettle. If you would like a longer sterilizing period, you can put the jars in a pot and boil for about 10mins – 20mins

now place 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt to 1 cup of filtered water in a pot and 1 cup of apple cider vinegar and bring to boil. Add 4 garlic cloves to liquid and turn off stove.

Your beets should be cool now, peel skin of beets and cut into slices or small chunks

They should look like this when you are done and you hands should be nice and red!

These are great on everything! Enjoy them!

Empty water out of jars and place sliced beets in jars. Place one garlic clove in each jar and fill to top with apple cider mix. Seal and wait for jar to cool before placing in fridge. They can also be placed on the shelf until you are read to eat them. And remember, place the jar in the fridge once you have opened it. Enjoy! xx

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no more aloe juice

Aloe may be good for many things, just not my hair. Listening to my intuition allowed me to keep my hair healthy. Even though lots of curly hair individuals recommend the use of aloe vera juice to help strengthen the hair follicles, I found my hair rebelled against it.  Here is what happened

 

A little play

Lets face it as the kids get older, and they start to learn to play by themselves, it’s all too easy to forget that they still need you to play as well. Yes we all know the importance of imaginary play and the allowance of self discovery, but this does not mean endless lonesome free range play. As a natural parent, and working mum with 2 kids, I myself  am guilty of the occasional consumption of work with a touch of neglect and reliance on free range play.

I know how hard it is to be a stay at home parent, a working parent and parents of multiply kids but it is important that we remember that these moments pass soo quickly and no matter how hard we try we won’t get them back, so making sure we are compassionate parents by making time to play with our kids is a plus on the list of things to achieve in life.

MAKE TIME. oh time how it runs away from us, but catching 1 hour a day or even a week can make a world of difference to your relationship with your kids. It may sound so not organic and   unnatural but if you don’t have the time, schedule time. Thats right, whiles you are booking all the playdates in the world that see you going from park to park, and endless house visits, take the time to schedule in a playdate with your little ones, after all you are their friend too!

3dhelp

WHAT TO PLAY. Well, I am pretty sure this one is easy. The sky is the limit. I have now come to realize, my kids just want to play, they don’t care if the story doesn’t make sense or that you repeat yourself several times. It’s just time with you, which is awesome! Start with a card game or board if you are trying to get your barrings back and have been out of the game for a while, be warned there will be tears! Once you start to feel the urge to want to win against them, I will say your inner child is back. Head to the park and kick the ball around, you might be surprised to find, you don’t need a goalie to lose that football match. If your heart just can’t handle the mild acceleration from playing defense, than it’s time to bring it indoors.

awesome 3d glasses make with straws and tape! Mum helped me make it and I think it's awesome!

awesome 3d glasses make with straws and tape! Mum helped me make it and I think it’s awesome!

WHAT PLAY DID I GET UP THIS WEEK?  With a deadline staring me in the face this week, we went small. Our first imaginary 3D image and glasses. It was amazing! I saw doors flying at me, butterflies coming towards me, and the waves from the ocean was soo cool I felt I could almost touch it.

If you look really hard using your 3d glasses you will see a house, an ocean, a butterfly and some sea creatures.

If you look really hard using your 3d glasses you will see a house, an ocean, a butterfly and some sea creatures

Soo remember to make time, in the evening, or the morning, on the weekend, because it’s not how much time you spend but rather how you spend it that makes a world of difference

Raw pics of my hair journey soo far. It’s been 6 weeks of amazing change!

the day before I started the CG method with my hair.

the day before I started the CG method with my hair.

4 days after starting the CG method. I am amazed and loving it!

4 days after starting the CG method. I am amazed and loving  it!

twist out looking rough, but still loving it

week 2 – twist out looking rough, but still loving it

Can you notice the difference? I started getting comments around now

week 3 – Can you notice the difference? I started getting comments around now

hum, still looks good but I had a bit of a set back, I used bicarb soda paste to wash my hair. Big mistake. Looks ok but boy was it crunchy.

still week 3 – hum, still looks good but I had a bit of a set back, I used bicarb soda paste to wash my hair. Big mistake. Looks ok but boy was it crunchy.

re wash my hair with TJoe tea tree conditioner to fix bicarb error. Felt soo much better! Won't be trying that again!

still week 4 – re wash my hair with TJoe tea tree conditioner to fix bicarb error. Felt soo much better! Won’t be trying that again!

4 day old twist out and hair is still rocking. Embracing my inner and outer shrinkage.

week 5 – 4 day old twist out and hair is still rocking. Embracing my inner and outer shrinkage.

Still going strong and I think it's growing1

week 6 (May 19 2013) Still going strong and I think it’s growing1

Homemade organic ginger and lemon beer

You will need:

all ingredients are organic

at least .200gms of ginger ( I like it strong)

1 lemon

1 lime

10 cloves

2 litres of flitered water ( don’t think that needs to be organic, lol)

2 tables poons of honey

2 table spoons of sugar

equipment:

1 glass bottle to hold 2 litres of fluid

1 electric juicer or a manual juicer

kettle to boil water

pot

1 child that likes to help

using your manual or electric juicer, juice ginger,and  lemon with peel on.

dissolve honey and sugar in 250ml of water  over stove

in the main time, place the kettle on and fill glass bottle with hot water to help sterilize.

pour ginger and lemon juice in pot and heat tell honey and sugar dissolves.

add sparking water to heated ginger in pot. Turn off stove.

place cloves in glass bottle and add ginger and lemon mix and seal bottle for longer storage.