What I’m learning: The healthy benefits of oranges and beets
What I’m trying: New salad combinations to perk up my plate
What I’m loving: This sweet duo (and old movie memories)
I’m not quite sure who’s the real star of this dish! While each has their own strong distinctive flavor, both the juicy mandarin oranges and the dark earthy beets have a unique sweetness that makes them a terrific pair. I rather imagine them on the stage, sharing the spotlight, like the twins in the movie Parent Trap, serenading us with “Let’s Get Together” – so different but so complementary. (Of course the older version with Hayley Mills, hands down!) I can hear them singing now… (the girls, not the salad…) So why should anyone bother to eat this dynamic duo, even if they are delicious?
- Mandarin oranges are high in Vitamin C – 23.5mg in a medium fruit (over 30% of your daily needs). Vitamin C is essential for collagen formation and wound healing – which those of us with two left feet need frequently!
- Beets are high in potassium – 305mg in two small ones. That’s almost the same amount as in a single small banana! Potassium is necessary for muscle cell contraction and nerve impulse conduction. So if you want to kick your heels up and dance the night away, potassium is a must!