Carrot, beet and bean burgers

Hey friends! Happy humpday! This week feels so short since I was traveling this weekend- I like it 🙂

So to those of you who guessed beet burgers were last night’s dinner…



Totally right 🙂

Carrot Beet & Bean burgers

-1 organic beet, roughly chopped

-2 carrots, roughly chopped

-1 can cannellini beans

-1/3 C chickpea flour (ground oats would be lovely too)

-1 t mustard powder

-1/t dried oregano

-1/4 t garlic powder

-sea salt and pepper

1. Preheat the oven to 350 and grease a cookie sheet with the Misto ( or non-stick cooking spray)

2. In a food processor, add the carrots, beet and pulse to finely chop


3. Add in the beans, seasonings, chickpea flour and blend well. Don’t taste the mixture- uncooked chickpea flour tastes foul.

4. Transfer mixture to a bowl and stir in remaining beans. Using a measuring cup, make burger patties on the cookie sheet


5. Bake for 30 minutes at 350, gently flip over and bake for an additional 15 minutes.


Serve with a salad or roasted veggies. 🙂

Glorious! They were also a marvelous shade of reddish-pink, so I was definitely a fan 🙂 It’s also fun to switch things up from the usual black-bean burgers (Emily has my fave recipe).

I ended up skipping out on yoga last night because traffic was horrendous and when I was 4 lights away with 2 minutes to go, I knew I wasn’t going to make it to class on time. It was probably for the best because my body was exhausted (I think it’s a mix of traveling and lack of sugar), so instead I went to acupuncture to take a nap.

It was pretty peaceful and wonderful, but the same spot on my leg hurt like a biotch when they put the needle in, so I asked them to remove it. They told me the name of the point is Stomach 36 and that it’s a pretty critical point for getting the qi (energy) to flow. Apparently Stomach 36 and I aren’t friends. Any acupuncturist bloggies know what the dealio is?

I still think it’s pretty funny that the biggest needle chicken in the world likes going to acupuncture 😉 It’s the closest thing I can get to renting a nap pod (the US really needs to get on this trend), so if it means I have to have needles sticking out of my arms, legs and head, I’ll take it:)

nap pod Source

(If you’re curious about acupuncture, Caitlin’s hubby has an awesome blog with FAQs)

After all of that, I came home, feasted on above beet burger meal and called it an early night.

This morning, I couldn’t wait to get some green juice:


-1 head of romaine

-1/2 cucumber

-1 green apple

-handful of dandelion greens

-1/2 lemon


I’m meeting a friend for BodyPump (I’ve missed it!), coming back for b-fast, running errands all day, and I have this to deal with:



See ya later today!


Something to talk about: Please leave any reader’s requests for this week in the comment section! 🙂 If there was a nap pod near you, would you do it? Do you know any companies that do?

Today’s tip: After dinner, try sipping a cup of ginger tea. It aids in digestion, tastes fabulous and helps to prevent bored late-night munchies

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  1. Meaghan on February 2, 2011 at 10:10 am

    Acupuncture sounds so strange/fascinating! I loved that picture of Viesa from yesterday — it looks like she’s in pig heaven. I have three Shibas and they are wonderful dogs, but they really are happiest when they are the only pet in the house and get the real prince/princess treatment.

    • Fitnessista on February 2, 2011 at 10:21 am

      that’s good to know- i can just tell through their pictures and stories that she is 100% happier being queen of the castle

  2. Laury @ thefitnessdish on February 2, 2011 at 10:12 am

    Aghhh!! Since becoming pregnant I have had a beet obsession, LOL. MUST try these burgers!! they look glorious, my friend. Thanks for always being a genius in the kitchen. I can’t even keep up with you 😉

    Oh, and great tip of the day! Ginger tea has been my love for along time! I have posted so much about it! So many benefits!! Got me through the first trimester nausea!!!

  3. Megan on February 2, 2011 at 10:14 am

    Considering I can fall asleep pretty much anywhere, I’d definitely use a nap pod! Especially if my company had one!

    I am, for sure, a victim of bored late-night munchies, but I’m not a fan of tea, any other suggestions?

    Love your blog!

    • Fitnessista on February 2, 2011 at 10:20 am

      i keep a bag of baby carrots in the fridge. if the carrots don’t sound good to snack on, i know im not really hungry

  4. Ilana on February 2, 2011 at 10:15 am

    ahaha there are “nap spas” springing up all over NYC lately…oh man I love naps.

    • Fitnessista on February 2, 2011 at 10:19 am

      nap spas?! best. idea. ever

  5. Errign on February 2, 2011 at 10:17 am

    I would love a RR w/ ideas for snacks/lunches that are easy to pack/don’t have to refrigerated that I can bring for the days I’m on campus from 8-430 with no breaks!

  6. Carolyn (Life in the postcard) on February 2, 2011 at 10:17 am

    I would be all over the nap pod if one was near me. I would settle for a nap room at the office if that was an option.
    Would it be possible to do a stretching review? I know I need to do a better job at stretching regularly but I am lost at how to stretch safely and to target my tight areas.

  7. Lindsay McAlester on February 2, 2011 at 10:25 am

    Did you watch Diners, Drive-ins and Dives? There is an episode where Guy goes to a Dive Bar forgot the name of it and location. They serve beet burgers. The thick slices of beets are soaked in a pastrami type brine overnight then grilled. They looked yummy!

    • Fitnessista on February 2, 2011 at 10:26 am

      no i haven’t seen it! guy kind of drives me crazy hahah

      • LisaG on February 2, 2011 at 4:38 pm

        He bugs me too, except for the episode where he cooks with Matthew McConaughey!!

  8. Kristina @ Life as Kristina on February 2, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Never thought to make burgers out of beets but what a great color-great recipe!

  9. Ali @ Ali on the Run on February 2, 2011 at 10:41 am

    The New York Times actually just set up a “Rest Room” (not restroom!) at their building in NYC where employees can go to relax, make private calls and take naps. Pretty awesome, right? Though honestly, I don’t think I could do a public nap. I’m more of an “in my own bed/couch” kind of sleeper.

    • Fitnessista on February 2, 2011 at 10:55 am

      AMAZING. i could nap anywhere 🙂

      • RhodeyGirl on February 2, 2011 at 11:56 am

        I could also nap anywhere.

  10. Desi@ThePalatePeacemaker on February 2, 2011 at 10:46 am

    GINA! I can SO relate. I think you and I have similar problems with hormonal balance and such (I actually sent you an email recently about it…haha), and I recently did a few months of acupuncture. There was a point on the left side of my left knee that would always hurt pretty badly when they’d put the needle in, and then it would tingle and feel really strange for the rest of the time it was in. Although it’s painful at first, I say hang in there as best as you can. The more I did it, the less and less it hurt -probably because it was actually doing its job and getting the qi flowing. I didn’t know the name of it was stomach 36… but that sure makes a lot of sense because my acupuncturist would always talk about how my symptoms pointed to what he called a “hot stomach.” Hot stomach = not good. 🙂

  11. Felicia (A taste of Health with Balance) on February 2, 2011 at 10:49 am

    ST36 is a majorrr point, one of the most commonly used and powerful point in acu – it can mean a number of things, but i don’t know anything about your current problems (just hormonal issues). i’m currently getting my license in acupuncture now (was a nurse) but i’m so glad your going!

  12. Ashley on February 2, 2011 at 10:51 am

    What exactly is a nap pod? From the picture I don’t think I would do it because I’d be scared of people stealing my shoes. >.<

    • Fitnessista on February 2, 2011 at 10:54 am

      hahah! i think that they’re in rooms instead of out in the street

  13. Megan ~ NFP & Fertility on February 2, 2011 at 10:52 am

    Those burgers look great! I recently joined the Tucson CSA and have been trying to figure out what to do with the beets other than roasting and adding to salads… Thanks for the recipe!

    • Fitnessista on February 2, 2011 at 10:53 am

      will you send me the csa info?? i’d love to do it!

  14. Hannah on February 2, 2011 at 10:58 am

    I hope this doesn’t sound weird, Gina, but I dreamt last night that my college dining hall was serving your amazeballs for dessert!! Haha and they were so popular too 🙂

    • Fitnessista on February 2, 2011 at 1:13 pm

      that is amazeballs!!! 🙂

  15. Aylin @ GlowKitchen on February 2, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Ha, that nap pod looks hilarious. I think I would get really anxious inside though, just knowing my legs were hanging out and having no idea if people were messing with them. It’s a cute/clever idea though.

  16. kristin on February 2, 2011 at 11:27 am

    can you start doing some fashion posts again?? i loved those 🙂

    • Fitnessista on February 2, 2011 at 1:13 pm

      the fashion friday posts??

  17. G on February 2, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Ginger Tea = best thing ever.
    Has saved from taking gross stomach stuff (like Pepto Bismol)and tylenol for headaches so many times. I swear by it!!!

  18. Sara (Miles and Manhattan) on February 2, 2011 at 11:41 am

    That’s so funny i’ve definitely seen those! I know some companies in NYC (google i think) have nap rooms. i wish. sometimes i try to crawl under my deck, but in an open concept office it’s kind of frowned upon…?

  19. Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter on February 2, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Ah I could never do a nap pod thing! I would get so freaked out that someone would mess with me.

  20. Nicole on February 2, 2011 at 11:51 am

    I’m definitely needle phobic too, but I love acupuncture! But then again, I am also covered in tattoos.. can I still call myself needle phobic? There’s just something terrifying about vaccines and blood draws!

  21. Leanne (For Health's Sake) on February 2, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Could you write a reader’s request post on the 5-10 most important things that you think people can do to create positive change in their life? Maybe a mix of lifestyle, diet, exercise tips?

    & that nap pod looks wonderful!

    • Fitnessista on February 2, 2011 at 1:11 pm

      that’s a great idea!

  22. Liz @ Tip Top Shape on February 2, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    I don’t think I’d use a nap-pod. Seems to weird for me!!

  23. Mandy on February 2, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    I would TOTALLY take advantage of a nap pod! I’m all about naps!!!!
    And I love tea at night before bed! It really relaxes me and makes me all warm inside!

  24. Marie R. on February 2, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    My husband’s office has a “quiet room”. I almost fell over the first time he told me that he took a nap at work on his break because he had a headache. I think I would be fired for doing that… And, we don’t even get a “break” at my job- I’m lucky if I can make it to the restroom more than once and eat lunch. It’s super nice- couches, recliners, ambient music, low lights, aromatherapy… Oh, and you can also get a massage on premises- 15 min for $5 chair massage. I want to quit my job now.

    • Fitnessista on February 2, 2011 at 1:11 pm

      RIDICULOUS. i want to work there

  25. Katelyn on February 2, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    Uh yum, I have never tried beet burgers, but today might be the day! Slash I am too scared to ever do acupuncture, I’m a baby! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on February 2, 2011 at 1:11 pm

      i’m a baby too, but i love it!

  26. Kelly on February 2, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    I don’t think I *could* ever sleep in a nap pod. I’m one of those finicky sleepers where everything has to be just right. Being in public with my legs exposed would totally freak me out. But I really admire and am envious of people who can nap at the drop of a hat.

  27. Katie on February 2, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Those beet burgers look amazing, can you believe I dont own a food processor?! I really need to get one : p

    Oh the nap pods look amazing!!!! I could totally love one of those!!!!

    Have a great day!!! ; )

  28. Kristin (Cook, Bake, Nibble) on February 2, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Yum, beet burgers look amazing!

    I’m really interested in acupuncture, thanks for sharing your experiences.

    I am alll for the nap pod idea 😉


  29. Ann on February 2, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    I don’t know about a nap pod. I have trouble sleeping in public anywhere except yoga. For some reason, I can pass out in savasana no problem!
    I’ve been meaning to try ginger tea, just a little slice of ginger root with some lemon juice and a squeeze of honey. Right now I’m on a peppermint tea kick, which is also a great way to finish meals. It helps with digestion, and the flavor makes you not want to eat anything else.

    • Fitnessista on February 2, 2011 at 1:10 pm

      i agree, peppermint is another fave 🙂

  30. Amanda @ JustAmandaJ on February 2, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    I miss getting acupuncture, I wish it was a more widely accepted form of treatment because I would love some for my preggo back pain right about now! When I was going for therapy from a car accident there was one point that always pinched and felt hot when I had the needle in, I never said anything and stuck it out though because the treatments really ended up helping after a bit.

    Random question, did Viesa ever bite her tail? I couldn’t help admire her fluffy huge tail in that pic you posted and my little stinker ate off the end fluff on her tail and it just looks sad now. I want to say she did it because we took two long vacations back to back, car rides and all that jazz and it was just stress since she doesn’t do it anymore. But her tail just looks all skinny and sad :/

    • Fitnessista on February 2, 2011 at 1:10 pm

      can you get acupuncture when you’re pregnant or no??
      viesa would try to bite her tail but we always stopped her. that’s so sad that the fluff was bitten off- i hope it grows back fluffy and beautiful!

      • Kirby on February 2, 2011 at 2:30 pm

        I always thought so! There’s an acupuncture center in our town that speciailzes in reproductive health, and they claim it helps with morning sickness, back pain, fatigue, and even breech babies! I definitely want to try it when that time comes 🙂

      • Karen W. (WrightLifeTCM) on February 2, 2011 at 5:22 pm

        Yes, you can. There are points and areas of the body that are contraindicated, but properly trained practitioner will know what to avoid. It can help with delivery, too.

        If you are game, ask the acupuncturist to massage the point for a bit before needling. It helps move some of the built up qi, and I think, soothe the nervous system before the pokey-pokey (yes, a technical term 🙂 They could also not go as deep at first, and come back to the point after a few minutes to coax the needle in deeper.

  31. chelsey @ clean eating chelsey on February 2, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    I’ve been wanting to try acupuncture or refloxology. It’s so interesting to me! I’ve never thought to make a beet burger – such a great idea!!

  32. Sarah J on February 2, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    My request would be a post on what motivated you to/how did you go about creating a healthy lifestyle? (If it wasn’t always the way)
    I’m a 20 year old student and need to find the motivation and know how for creating this for myself, mostly with regard to eating. I’m not particularly imbalanced but don’t necessarily know where to begin. i.e. whether to incorporate things gradually or go all out.
    Any help would be great!

    • Fitnessista on February 2, 2011 at 1:09 pm

      here’s a post i did on staying motivated that may help:
      my biggest tip for getting started is to make small goals each week:
      1. this week i will go for whole grains instead of refined
      2. this week i will opt for grilled, baked or fresh food instead of fried
      3. this week, i will have one delicious fabulous dessert
      4. this week, i will go for tea or water instead of soda
      hope this helps a little!

  33. Kara on February 2, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    I can nap anywhere. It’s a talent I acquired in grad school and have perfected after having a baby. I’m not sure I’d be down for napping in the middle of the street with my legs hanging out 🙂

  34. Amy @ Amy Starts to Run on February 2, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    Beets! In veggie burgers!

    My fave veggie place here in Scottsdale makes an amazing “burger” that is bright red, and I’d bet 5 buffalo “wings” they use beets! I’m so going to try this recipe! Thanks for opening my peepers.

    Also, if I had a nap pod around, I’d never leave it.

  35. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on February 2, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    I could certainly use a nap pod and a green juice right now! Not sure how comfortable I feel about napping in a place where other people nap too, but if it was my own personal pod I’d be all for it!

  36. Amber L on February 2, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    I can sleep anywhere as long as I have a blanket! Nap Pods sounds awesome!
    Ginger Tea sounds great! Can you recommend a brand that you like best?

  37. Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) on February 2, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    What the hecky heck is a nap pod? Anything nap related gets a thumbs up in my book.

  38. e. on February 2, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    Haha, I love the suitcase pic… it’s like you have an angry clothes monster leaping out to get you! I pictured you as a super neat, meticulous folder! I’m more of a “stuff things in haphazardly and sit on the lid to zip the suitcase” kind of packer. 😀

    • Fitnessista on February 2, 2011 at 1:25 pm

      when i pack to go on the trip, everything is folded and organized perfectly. when i come back, everything has been wadded up and rolled into balls 🙂

  39. Elizabeth on February 2, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    I would love to see a post about muscle groups that are usually neglected and how to strengthen them. I have been having knee problems and I just found out that one issue is that I have “weak hips”. Huh? Who knew I needed to work out my hips more!

  40. healthy ashley on February 2, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    Those burgers look great! I miss you!

  41. Liz on February 2, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    The recipe looks AMAZING? Question, I don’t have a food processor but do have a Vitamix, do you think that would work?

    • Liz on February 2, 2011 at 1:27 pm

      I meant to say AMAZING with an exclamation point!

  42. Moni'sMeals on February 2, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    The Beet Burgers look great! I have never tried or heard of such a thing. I hope to try it soon. 🙂

  43. SaraRM on February 2, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Something that I have always wondered about that I think would be a good RR is balancing healthy fasts. I know foods like peanut and other butters, avacados, hummus etc are good for you but whats too much? If I have a lighter work out I will try to limit 1-2 per day. When im training for races or have a intense workout ill have more, 1-3. So I guess my question is when does healthy fat turn into too much, what is “with in moderation”?

  44. Lili on February 2, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    My mothers a ” natural” doctor, and due to me having chrons, gurd, and allergies cooks a lot like this! we actually had beet burgers last night! but we had them on socca! sounds weird.. but its good.. promise: )

  45. rebecca lustig on February 2, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    trying that burger recipe– pronto!!!

    ive never even heard of a nap pod! i could see it being so relaxing and a great mini-getaway, although i dont think i could ever convince myself to do it. i RARELY nap

  46. Ali @ Around the VeggieTable on February 2, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Whoa, I am so happy to see these beet burgers. When you first posted the pic I was really scared that it was just a really really bloody burger. I totally freaked lol. Thank goodness for beets. They are heavenly.

  47. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on February 2, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    4 lights away with 2 minutes to go = I hate that feeling! It’s totally the story of my life to feel like I am always rushing and always just a few minutes behind schedule. Never used to be that way, but it sure is now!

    Glad you took the night to chill..and enjoy those great looking beet burgers. Yay, my beet guess was correct 🙂

  48. Megan @ Healthy Hoggin' on February 2, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    I’d be nervous about those nap pods– I’d be afraid of pranks or something while I’m trying to get my rest!

    I’m also terrified– yet insanely interested– of acupuncture! I’m a BIG chicken around needles, too!! In fact, I faint EVERY SINGLE TIME I get a blood test, and have done so since I was a toddler! (I fainted in my mom’s lap!) But perhaps if I’m unconscious it would still be a good nap? 😉

  49. One Healthy Apple on February 2, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    My yoga studio locks us out of class if we are late- I would have turned around as well.

    I’m terrified of acupuncture, but my husband did it and it really helped his allergies.

    Another great boredom evening tip is to sip hot water with lemon. I love it!

  50. Rhiannon on February 2, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    I am totally interested on your thoughts of maintaining health/wellness and shift work. I just finished nursing school and as hectic as that was, my work schedule is really difficult to maintain any sort of healthy lifestyle. Working 12 hour day/night shifts, with more frequent days off so I find I’m completely inconsistent (with everything). Love to hear your thoughts!

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