It’s not really a huge secret I want to write a book some day. I have an entire book outlined (well, two – one lifestyle guide and one memoir-style) but I’m not sure if it’s something I am ready to have out there. Basically, it’s about all of the boys who have come in and out of my life and the things I have taken away from each situation.
One of these boys is the reason I love beets. He took me to dinner in Brooklyn and asked if I liked beets. I totally admitted that I really wasn’t sure. This is the girl who couldn’t remember what foods she liked and had to call her mom to ask in college because her parents made her try every food ever. Anyway, he ordered some beet and goat cheese salad and I was hooked.
As I’ve been focusing on becoming a better runner this past year, especially focusing on nutrition, I have been eating a lot of beets. Beets are a great source of nitrate which basically increases your endurance (you can read more about it on Runner’s World). They are also low calorie, high in fiber and high in Vitamin C. The week before my marathon, I drank beet juice every day.
I actually pulled out my juicer and developed a beet juice that I like to think is made specifically for runners – it includes beets (duh), apple, lime and ginger (to reduce inflammation).
- 4 beets
- 1 apple
- ½ lime
- 1 inch ginger
- Place all ingredients in order into a juicer.
- Drink immediately.
If you don’t have a juicer – or the time to juice – or even the time to cook and eat beets, you can still get all of their nutritional power through Naked Juice’s new Bright Beets juice. Bright Beets is perfect for runners because it not only has 2 1/2 beets per bottle but also coconut water for electrolytes (and potassium!) and ginger to beat inflammation, clocking in at only 170 calories. It also has no added sugar or preservatives – you’re just drinking pure fruits and veggies!
This post was sponsored by Naked Juice but all opinions are my own!
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Do you ever drink beet juice? Do you ever drink Naked Juice – which is your favorite kind? What food did you think you hated but you loved once you tried? Would you read my book?