As we enter the New Year and welcome the short days of winter, we are greeted with a time to go inward and manifest change. Winter offers a space to reflect and rejuvenate, encouraging us to realign our mind, body and spirit. Now’s the time to cultivate a routine that activates skin with botanically-rich products.

Our Antioxidant Face Cream soothes skin and enhances radiance with ginkgo, gotu kola and sea kelp. Reignite your inner fire with our Passion Aromatherapy Roll On, which calms and uplifts with neroli and clove, while utilizing the aphrodisiac properties of ylang-ylang and jasmine. We also love the Lunar + Bliss Elixir, which incorporates heart-opening rose petals and the full-body adaptogenic powers of ashwagandha, while warming and stimulating digestion with cinnamon and cardamom. Add to oatmeal and baked goods, or treat yourself to a nightcap by stirring into steamed nut milk.

At Leaf People, we recognize the many New Years celebrations starting from Rosh Hashanah in the fall, to winter solstice and our traditional western New Year, and extending to the upcoming celebrations including Tibetan New Year in February and Thai New Year this spring. Celebrating with all things red, we offer you this timeless roasted beet recipe. Beets are a great source of folic acid, manganese, potassium and antioxidants for rejuvenating cells, and they’re currently in season! Prepared with the medicinal and antimicrobial properties of thyme, this dish is perfect for parties or a solo night at home.

Roasted Beets with Thyme

Ingredients: Serves 4.
4 beets, peeled and halved
3 T. olive oil
1 t. dried thyme leaves (2 t. if using fresh)
1 pinch of sea salt to taste
Goat Cheese, Ricotta Salata or Plain Yogurt (optional topper)
Toasted walnut halves, chopped (optional vegan topper)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Toss the beets, olive oil and thyme in a bowl until incorporated. Spread onto a baking sheet and sprinkle with sea salt. Roast 40 minutes or until beets are tender, turning every 10 minutes to ensure they are evenly cooked. Optional: Crumble Goat Cheese or Ricotta Salata over the top, or a dollop of plain yogurt for a savory finish, or toasted walnuts for a vegan finish.