Taste test: Beet It! organic beetroot juice


I was intrigued to try Beet It – an organic beetroot juice. It comes in a 1 litre bottle or three types of shots – Organic, Sport and Ginger.

I tried the Beet It organic shot and boy did it pack a punch, but I liked it. I’m keen to try the organic beetroot juice straight up next.

Beetroots are packed with antioxidants and contain potassium, magnesium and iron as well as vitamins A, B6 and C, and folic acid.

Research has shown that beetroot can help reduce blood pressure as well as its associated risks such as heart attacks and strokes. This is because the high content of nitrates in beetroot produce a gas called nitric oxide in the blood which widens blood vessels and lowers blood pressure. A daily dose of 250ml of beetroot juice or 1 to 2 cooked beetroot (approx. 100g) can help dramatically reduce blood pressure and its associated risks.
Love Beetroot

The regular juice would be ideal to add to homemade fresh fruit juices such as Dr Emerson’s daily juice. 

Beet It is available from independent grocers and health food stores.

Transition tip: Make your own green cleaners


Transition tip: Make your own green cleaners.

It’s easy to make your own green cleaners with a few tried-and-true recipes. You’ll be protecting your health by avoiding using toxic chemicals in your home and these are better for the environment. Better yet, you’ll find yourself saving money.

What’s not to love?

Here’s a round up of my posts on how to make your own green cleaners:

How to make your own fabric softener


White vinegar softens fabric and stops static cling. Add a cup of vinegar to the wash, with a few drops of lavender oil for odours.

Wool will stay soft if washed in warm water with eucalyptus oil.

Other green stain remover products to try are:

How to make your own furniture oil

Apply sparingly and buff up to a gleaming shine.

250ml olive oil
20 drops lemon essential oil

Pour the olive oil into a clean dry bottle, add the essential oil and shake well.

To use, place a little oil on a soft cloth, wipe onto wooden furniture and buff to polish.

How to make your own window cleaner

For a smear-free finish to clean windows make up the following solution in a spray container:

1 part white distilled vinegar or lemon juice to
4 parts water

You may like to add a few drops of lemon essential oils.

Spray on the glass and wipe away marks with a chamois or crumpled newspaper.

Book review: Don’t throw it, grow it!

throw it don't grow it book cover

Don’t Throw It, Grow It!: 68 windowsill plants from kitchen scraps by Peterson and Selsam would make an ideal gift for a young budding scientist or gardener. I think it’s worth having on your shelf, as it contains the most comprehensive and easy-to-understand explanation of propagation I’ve come across. The book describes how to create plants from pits, roots, shoots, tubers and seeds. The only drawback is that the authors lived in Manhattan apartments so it is mainly aimed at growing them indoors.

The book includes a good range of plants that you may not be able to purchase as a seedling or plant, such as carob, cherimoya, daikon, feijoa, jujube, malanga,  peanut, pineapple,  sugar cane, taro and water chestnut.

There are plenty of interesting facts throughout and it cleared up coriander for me. The seeds are the spice called coriander and the leaves are called cilantro. I love the cute descriptions, where most of the herbs “resemble Queen Anne’s lace” and kiwi fruit is “reminiscent of strawberries and watermelon”.

Don’t Throw It, Grow It!: 68 windowsill plants from kitchen scraps by Peterson and Selsam (and kindle edition)