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December 20, 2016

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The deep purple color in beets reflects the powerful, cancer-fighting phytonutrients that help detoxify your body and cleanse your blood and liver. The betalain pigment in beets is also partly responsible for their beautiful purple hue.




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Noche Buena Salad

Noche Buena Salad

This Mexican classic has appeared on tables since the 1830s! You can also use boiled or canned beets. To save time, pair this salad with a balsamic vinaigrette dressing.

Makes 4 servings


2 heads of romaine lettuce, chopped
3 medium-sized beets, sliced and roasted
3/4 cup jícama, cut into matchsticks
3 oranges, cut into slices
1 apple, sliced
3/4 cup pomegranate seeds
1 tablespoon roasted peanuts, chopped

For the dressing:

1/3 cup fresh orange juice
1/4 cup white vinegar
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons water


Toss the chopped romaine with the rest of the ingredients, or arrange the ingredients on top of the lettuce.

To make the dressing, whisk the orange juice, vinegar, and garlic together. Slowly add the water and continue whisking. Season with salt and pepper. Pour over salad.

Source: Dora Stone, chef and photographer, founder of and

Per serving: Calories: 229; Fat: 3 g; Saturated Fat: 0.3 g; Calories from Fat: 11.1%; Cholesterol: 0 mg; Protein: 7.6 g; Carbohydrates: 48.9 g; Sugar: 31.3 g; Fiber: 15.2 g; Sodium: 77 mg; Calcium: 169 mg; Iron: 4 mg; Vitamin C: 90.7 mg; Beta-Carotene: 16,545 mcg; Vitamin E: 1.4 mg

Please feel free to tailor Physicians Committee recipes to suit your individual dietary needs.

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Food for  Life

Food for Life is an award-winning Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine program designed by physicians, nurses, and registered dietitians that offers cancer, diabetes, and kids classes that focus on the lifesaving effects of healthful eating. Each class includes information about how certain foods and nutrients work to promote health, along with cooking demonstrations of simple and nutritious recipes that can be recreated easily at home. Learn more here >>

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