RECIPE: Easy Healthy Beet Soup

I have this habit of getting stuck on songs.  Not songs that I’ve recently heard or even songs I necessarily like, but songs that are some how pertinent to the situation. For example, if it starts raining, I’ll unknowingly start singing “I’m singing in the the Rain, just singing in the rain, what a glorious feeling…” or worse, “It’s raining men, Hallelujah, its raining men, ooooh oooh ahhhh” .  Once, when I walked in to a friend’s mansion of a house, opulent and luxurious, I didn’t realize I’d begun whistling the song from Annie. You know the one when that spunky little orphan gets to move in to  Daddy Warbuck’s crib…..”I think I’m gonna like it here”.  So anyway, when making this dish I can’t help but sing Michael Jackson’s “Beat it”.  I hope you decide to “Just Beet It” and then as Weird Al Yankovic would bastardize: “Just eat it”.

Beets aren’t something I’m in the habit of eating, but having learned the amazing nutritional benefits they provide, I’ve been trying to find ways to eat more of these magically healthy gems.  Below is a variation of a beet soup recipe I found online (the ppk).  It is delicious (tastes similar to lemongrass soup).  I got my ingredients from Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods.  I would say split this 4 ways or even use remainder as a salad dressing, because it is a lot of beet soup.

1 can 15 oz organic beets (fresher to use ~8 raw beets, cleaned a cooked ’til soft)

1 can 15oz lite coconut milk

1 1/2 cups vegetable broth

1″ cube of fresh peeled, minced ginger

juice of one lime

3 cloves fresh garlic, minced

2 Tbsp olive oil

cilantro to garnish (optional)

1/2 tsp salt and pepper


mix all ingredients above in to blender or food processor for ~ 1 minute, voila!

‘Just heat it’ and then “just eat it!”

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Madeleine Vanstory attended Duke University and began her post-graduate journey at The Elaine Clark Center working with special needs children. She went on to work as a Clinical Research Scientist running clinical trials for the CDC and developing medical devices for Welsh Allen, Abbot Labs, Roche and Johnson & Jonhson Her work included non-invansive cervical cancer detection, continuous diabetic glucose monitoring, non-harmful infant bilirubin level detection and studying Vitamin C's anti-aging effects on the skin. Madeleine attended Medical school at The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and completed a residency in Family Medicine at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro NC. Dr. Madeleine Vanstory is a board certified Family Physician who has practiced all over the world. She has lead medical missions in Kenya and Honduras. She has participated with Operation Smile in Russia, she has patients in North Carolina, Maine, Oregon and New Zealand. Dr. Vanstory has worked the medical tents in the Marine Corps marathon in Washington DC and at the Kona Ironman World Championships. And Dr. Vanstory has marched with the Surgeon General promoting "Exercise is Medicine" at the World Congress Sports Medicine Conference. Disillusioned by the current health care system and armed with the realization that culture, nutrition and emotional well-being have a profound impact on health, Dr. Vanstory now motivates clients and patients to discover the healthiest versions of themselves through humor, counseling in her "Upgrade Your Health" Wellness Program.

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