Sunday, January 9, 2011

Beets and Feets

Today was day 1 of our beet trial! And it was so great!!! I pureed golden and red (or purple!) beets awhile back and froze them for this trial. To prepare them, I just boiled them, like you boil potatoes for mashing, and then pureed them in the blender with a little bit of water. And a great tip about cooking beets-- both red and yellow-- the water from boiling the beets makes a beautiful dye (the red ones makes a reddish purple dye and the golden ones make a yellowish orange dye) that you can use in foods or in fabric. So save your beet water!!!

Anyways, we did a whole tablespoon today and she loved it. She ate it plain and tried a bite with a little bit of cereal (quinoa flakes and ground millet). It was similar to preserves in texture. So tomorrow we do a tablespoon again, and then increase after that if we stay symptom free. For those who don't know, beets (beet root) are in the same family as quinoa and spinach (two of our safe foods!) and you can eat the root or the greens. We won't be doing the greens since, like spinach, they are supposed to be a little hard on one's GI tract, but the roots are still awesome sources of vitamins and minerals, such as folate, fiber, manganese and potassium to name a few. They also are a great source of lutein, which can be helpful in eye health! Some of what I have read also talks about the health benefits of beets in terms of anti-inflammatory properties, specifically for colon health, which made my ears perk up. All around, if this is a pass, I think this will be an excellent addition to B's diet. I hope beets continue to like her as much as she likes them!

For fun. . . I titled this "beets and feet" mainly because I wanted a title that rhymed (music therapist in me) but also to celebrate B's feet FINALLY growing again! She will be in a size 6 soon! I just got her new snow boots in the mail and they fit well enough to stomp around in, though they are still a little big. Now if she could just grow taller. . . :)

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