Day 103-A patriotic welcome home, flavored water, and beets

This has been such a beautiful day. I went to Huntsville Airport this morning for a patriotic welcome home for Sgt. Colin Erwin. He was injured last week in Afghanistan by mortar fire. Sgt. Erwin was wounded in the leg and arms. He came off the plane on crutches and the look on his face when he saw all the flags and fanfare would make anyone smile. He and his family were taken by limo to his home in Harvest. Madison Fire and Rescue had 2 ladder trucks set up on County Line road with flags attached to the buckets as a tribute to this solider. Welcome home Sgt. Erwin.








Did I blog about this already? If I have maybe it is worth reading again. ha! A few weeks ago while shooting a “No Excuses” piece a friend that works at Huntsville Hospital told me about a drink enhancer called Mio. It’s a little pricey so I buy the Great Value brand at Wal-Mart (grape is my favorite). It is delicious and really gives your water a boost. I put a squirt or 2 in my cup, fill it up with water and ice and I can then manage to get my alloted (or close to it) amount of water in for the day. A good diet find at a cheaper price.

I cannot stand beets. They have a gorgeous color but I can’t get past the squishy part to try one. A lot of people plant beets and eat them. But are they really all that good for you? The answer, so I’ve discovered, is an overwhelming YES. Here’s why:

Beets have ZERO trans fat and ZERO saturated fat. They are also low-calorie!

Beets are high in carbohydrates which means they are a great instant energy source, but unlike processed foods which are high in carbohydrates, beets will energize your body.

Beets contain sodium, magnesium, calcium, iron and phosphorus!

Beets contain folic acid which is necessary for the production and maintenance of new cells.

Beets guard against cancer, especially colon cancer.

Beets in your diet helps protect a body against heart disease.

So with all of this health information at my fingertips I need to close my eyes, hold my nose, and give them a try. Maybe if its mixed in with chocolate it will taste better? ha! Here is a recipe that maybe we should all try!





For the crust

  • 1 cup of whole wheat flour
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 5-6 tbsp cold water

For the mousse

  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate
  • 1/2 cup beet puree

To make the pie crust first place the coconut oil in the freezer/refrigerator till it’s solid and looks like butter. Mix the flour, cocoa powder, sugar and the coconut oil and slowly combine with your fingers. When it resembles bread crumbs add enough cold water to make dough. Keep it in the refrigerator for 20-30 mins. Roll it into ¼ inch thickness and place it in the pie plate. Use your hand to put it together if it breaks or tears. Bake the crust at 210°C for 8-10 minutes or till golden brown. Let it cool completely.

Peel and boil beets till soft and blend it into a smooth puree. Melt the chocolate using a double boiler till smooth. Turn off the heat and let it cool for a few minutes. Now add the beet puree and mix well.

Pour this chocolate beet mixture into the prepared pie crust and smoothen the surface with a flat spoon. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours till it completely sets. If you want it to be not too soft you can even put it in the freezer for 15-20 minutes till it hardens a little.

Serve with whipped cream or ice cream or eat it plain.

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5 Responses to Day 103-A patriotic welcome home, flavored water, and beets

  1. James says:

    For those who may not have time to look up the conversion….210 C = 410 F

  2. Lauren says:

    I’ve tried the tea flavored Mio. It has aspartame in it so that is a turn off for a lot of people. I don’t know much about aspartame but heard it may cause headaches and once it’s in your body, it’s in there for good.

  3. Casey says:

    Great Value’s version of Mio also has propylene glycol. That’s antifreeze!!

  4. Casey says:

    Turns out propylene glycol is in lots of food products! I am going to try something I saw on Pintrest to flavor water. Slice a couple of lemons, cucumbers and a handful strawberries and add to a gallon of flitered water. If it isn’t sweet enough for me I will try adding some Stevia.

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