Gold Rush exclusive: ‘Tony’s favorite’ Monica Beets gives rare behind-the-scenes interview

Monica Beets on Gold Rush

Gold Rush star Monica Beets, who is dad Tony Beets’ favorite of his children — according to Monica

If it ain’t Dutch it ain’t much! That could be the rallying cry for Monica Beets. Tony’s “favorite” of all his children — according to Monica — has been moving dirt since she was 12 years old.

Monica will be a major factor in the latest season, along with Hoffman’s son Hunter and Parker Schnabel.

All are in their early twenties, and all are poised to step into their respective father’s dirty mining boots in a big way, with Schnabel in a leadership position already. But Monica is close on his tail. She has more responsibility than ever this go-round.

Monica’s a fast-learner and her dad Tony sensed it when he placed her in a front-end loader and told her to “figure it out”.

Since her early teens, she’s been a valuable asset to Tony’s lucrative business and plans on finding loads of gold and bucking the status quo and mindset that a lot of male miners have about women in general.

Leadership comes naturally to Monica, who has hinted she may wind up being a paramedic in the future if mining loses its cachet.  But for now, she’s still part of the bleepin’ Beets crew.

We spoke to her about the show, and why people should be #TeamBeets this season.

Monsters and Critics: How long have you been gold mining in your family? When was the first time you actually did work on a machine?

Monica Beets: Twelve years ago. I was 12!

M&C: Did you know for sure that you wanted to do what your dad did, or did you have other ideas?

Monica: I was never given the choice. Neither me or my brothers or my sister were. As soon as we were tall enough to reach the pedals, we were on a machine.

M&C: Mom Minnie is sort of like the power behind everything. Am I right or wrong about that?

Monica: Yes and no. Mom is…she’s…she keeps everybody together. She makes it so that we can all survive a summer working together. Her and dad are a team. I wouldn’t say one’s over the other.

M&C: Can you talk about exactly what your mother’s role is with the whole Gold Rush business that your dad has, his mining business?

Monica: Mom keeps the books so she does everything in the office. She does payroll, paying bills, ordering things online…not online, but picking up stuff. If she has to, she does the relief cooking. But mostly, she just keeps us all sane.

M&C: What you do is a tough job and if you could, please talk about the female leadership, like your mother has shown in your life, and the tough jobs you all do. Could you talk about that and some of the women you work with?

Monica: Well, Mom is a great role model. She doesn’t take s**t from anybody, which is great. Especially in a really male-oriented workforce, you have to have that attitude. You can’t let the s**t get under your skin.

You have to be strong, roll with the punches, and know that as s**tty as it is, you’re always going to have to prove yourself because you’re a woman in the work field.

Monica Beets

Monica on Gold Rush, where she is the most predominant female cast member

M&C: And yet, you say that, but I think your father’s very progressive in his views about women and the jobs they do in mining. Can you talk about your dad?

Monica: Dad’s both. He doesn’t care what your gender is, if you’re sitting on a piece of equipment, girls can do it just as well as men can, sometimes even better. But if it’s heavy lifting or shoveling or labor, doesn’t matter if you’ve got five girls, the one guy is going to be taken for that because ‘it’s not a girl’s job’. If something needs to be cleaned, apparently that’s what we’re good for. He’s both. He’s old-fashioned, but…I don’t know.

M&C: It’s obvious that he’s very proud of you. It appears your dad probably loves all his children equally, but you seem to be…

Monica: I’m his favorite.

M&C: There’s no doubt that you love your dad. I was wondering if you can talk about the things that you…the qualities about your father that you really admire.

Monica: I don’t know. I admire his ambition, I really like how he works. He knows what he needs to do, he gets it done. There’s no ifs, ands, or buts. If something goes wrong, he doesn’t dwaddle, he just goes on to the next plan and keeps going. He doesn’t let things get to him.

Monica Beets, Tony Beets

Monica and Tony sharing an emotional moment together as father and daughter

M&C: He’s been very inspirational. Has he taught you pretty much how to work all of the machinery? Did he inspire you in any way or did he mentor you in any way with the hands-on learning that you had to do?

Monica: How my father teaches people, or at least his children is, ‘you see that machine? Hop on it and in an hour, when I get back, we’re going to be working on it. Figure it all out yourselves’.

M&C: Your dad is bleeped a lot on the show. His language is kind of salty. Is that a Dutch thing or is that just a Tony Beets thing?

Monica: You know what? They’re just four-letter words. My dad’s not great with the English language and those words are simple. I think that’s all that is.

I mean, he’s worked in pipelines, ice road trucking. He’s in the oil fields. He’s done a lot and when you’re in these workforces, it’s just the language. Everybody’s rude and crude.

M&C: For you, what is your favorite piece of equipment to actually work when you’re out in your spot? What do you love running?

Monica: I’m most comfortable on a 988 loader. That’s what I ran for the first four years I was working for my father. I’m just super comfortable in it. It’s fun. But as for what we do normally now, I really like running the excavator, loading trucks. I don’t like the plant — that is the worst job in the world, feeding the plant.

Monica Beets

Monica in her element working on site on the Discovery show

M&C: How do you work with your brother, Kevin? I see that he’s on your social media a lot with funny pictures and everything. Are you closest to Kevin in your day-to-day work?

Monica: I’m close with both my brothers. And at work, we just bug each other. How we show affection is we just pick on each other. We’re almost like bullies, but it’s just how we show love.

M&C: Do you bring your dogs to work?

Monica: I do. The one husky is mine and the malamute is my friend’s. But they’re best friends. Both of them will hop on a piece of equipment for a couple of hours with us…they’re camp dogs.

Monica’s husky and her friend’s malamute, who both join her at work

M&C: I noticed the show was sort of focusing on the new generation of up-and-comers on Gold Rush. What’s your relationship like with Hunter Hoffman?

Monica: I’ve met him once.

M&C: What’s your impression?

Monica: We did a Discovery promo in Las Vegas and I BS’d with him for maybe an hour. Seems like an alright kid, but he’s young.

M&C: Yeah, although, he’s not much younger than you. You’re what, 23?

Monica: I’m 24 in like a week, yeah.

M&C: Oh, okay. You’re 23. He’s not that much younger than you.

Monica: About 20?

M&C: What’s your relationship like with Parker?

Monica: Parker’s fine. I don’t really socialize with other people in the creeks. But he’s…you know, seems like a hard worker. I joke with him when I see him, but that’s about it.

M&C: Who’s your favorite person to watch? When you watch the show as a viewer and not as a participant, who do you like watching the most on Gold Rush?

Monica: Super fun fact, I don’t watch the show. I can’t stand it.

M&C: Why?

Monica: So, I work in a mine 12 hours a day, seven days a week, from April to October. The show airs from October to April. I don’t want to watch what I did all summer. That’s my downtime. I don’t want to watch what I do all year.

M&C: What do you do for fun during your off time, when you’re not having to work in a mine?

Monica: I go on walks with the dog and I like to travel a lot. I do cross-stitch and native bead-work and stuff like that, crafty stuff. And do as little as possible.

M&C: Is there any other career that you would want to do other than gold mining?

Monica: I’ve taken a couple of EMR and EMS courses, like paramedics and that would be a really interesting job, I think. But, as for right now, I’m just going to mine until it’s not worth it anymore and then see where life takes me.

M&C: I think a lot of people that watch the show want to know what happens to the land that’s been kind of stripped and turned upside down? Can you share that with us?

Monica: What we do is called reclamation. The way the ground usually works is you’ve got topsoil, which is really fertile. And then under that, you’ll have probably a gravel and then under that, you’ll have your pay. So we move all the topsoil, take off the gravel, sleuth or dredge the pay.

And then what we do is we put the topsoil back on to the already mined ground and then, within two years, because we’ve got such a short season here, mining season, the ground is reclaimed. It grows…the starting of trees and in two years, if you haven’t been mining there, it’ll look like nobody’s mined there in ten years.

M&C: What would you say to any girls, any women or young girls watching the show that maybe have ideas about mining or want to do something like that, what would you advise them?

Monica: Don’t take no for an answer and just go for it. If it’s what you want to do, just go for it. And don’t let what other people think of you get you down. Because it’s not what they think that matters, it’s what you think.

M&C: Other than gold, what’s the most interesting thing you’ve pulled out of the ground or you found when sluicing that you had to get checked out or that it was really exciting to find?

Monica: Up on Paradise Hills at the mine that we have, we have a lot of black muck and in this black muck you find old buck ox bones, you find old horse bones. Last year we actually pulled out…dad spotted it…he thought it was a leather jacket in the cut but it was a some thousand-year-old carrier pack.

It was actually linked on to an archeological website. It’s actually really cool.

M&C: I guess a lot of people that watch the show want to think that you guys hang out after the show and stuff. But what really happens when they film Gold Rush? How does it work?

Monica: So each crew has their own film crew so the Hoffmans have two crews, Parker’s got two crews and we’ve got two crews. And then what they do is, one starts at whatever time the miners start and go to three-quarters of the day and the other team starts later and goes to the end of the miner’s day. And they just try to film what they can in the day.

And then, you know, so we tell if we’re doing a big move or if something exciting is going to happen. Whatever. But mostly they just catch what they catch.

M&C: What is going to be the coolest moment in Season 2 in your opinion? That you can tease with your fans?

Monica: I have no idea. I’m going to be honest about that. A personal thing for me is happening in the last episode.

M&C: Is it work-related personal, or personal personal?

Monica: Personal personal, but if it’s shown on TV…

M&C: So we can’t disclose what it is. It’s a surprise.

Monica: Yeah.

M&C: Anything you want to add about your dad Tony, about why people should be Team Beets this season? What would you say to sway them away from Team Parker and Team Hoffman?

Monica: We’re the ******’ best.

Gold Rush airs Fridays at 9/8c on Discovery.

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Benefits of Beets for Cyclists – Is Beet Juice Good for You?

I have long extolled my love for beets, and my belief in the power of the nitrate-rich ruby roots to boost performance on the bike. One landmark study found that cyclists consuming high doses of focused beetroot juice utilized about 3 percent less oxygen during workout tests than those drinking a placebo drink. Then beets slipped from the spotlight after more research showed no benefit for extremely in shape athletes.

Highly in shape athletes already produce ample quantities of nitric oxide naturally– it’s a training adaptation– so the beet boost was no more than a blip.Now, brand-new research study has me feeling vindicated about sticking to my beet thinking methods. Each volunteer consumed two dosages of concentrated beet juice(enough to get 12 mmol, or double the typical dosage)for a week and then carried out 2 10K time trials, one wearing a mask to mimic sea level conditions and one to replicate 8,200 feet of elevation(since some research study indicated that beet juice may work best in low oxygen conditions like high altitude). The volunteers drank 2 shots of beet juice sans nitrates for seven days and did the very same time trials.

How to Use Canned Beets to Improve Athletic Performance

Vegetable nitrates, concentrated in green leafy vegetables and beets, underwent a great makeover a few years ago. They went from being understood as inert substances to having a profound effect on the power plants within our cells, reducing the oxygen cost during exercise. This means they can allow us to bust out the same amount of work with less oxygen. One little shot of beet juice allowed free divers to hold their breath for more than four minutes, or about a half-minute longer than usual. For others, improved muscle efficiency allowed athletes to exercise at a higher power output or running speed for the same amount of breath. I profiled this fascinating discovery in an unprecedented 17-part video series (see below), the longest I think I’ve ever done. That was back in 2012, but what does the new science say? That’s what I cover in my video, .

Most of the studies were done on men, but it works on women, too, including African-American women who are an even more neglected research demographic. Drinking beet juice results in the same workload power outputs using significantly less oxygen. But what about whole beets? They are cheaper, healthier, and found in any produce aisle, but there had never been studies on actual beets… until now.

Whole beetroot consumption acutely improves running performance. They gave physically fit men and women a cup and a half of baked beets, which is equal to about a can of beets, 75 minutes before running a 5K. They started out the same, but during the last mile of the 5K race, the beet group pulled ahead compared to the placebo group, who were given berries instead. Though the beet group participants were running faster, their heart rate wasn’t any higher. If anything, they reported less exertion.

Faster time with less effort? They don’t call them block-rocking beets for nothing! 🙂

If nitrates are so good, then why not just take them in a pill? Although dietary nitrate supplements can work, their long-term safety is questionable. Non-vegetable sources of nitrates may have detrimental health effects, so if we want to improve our performance, we should ideally obtain nitrates from whole vegetables. The industry knows this, so instead it markets an array of nitric oxide-stimulating supplements. However, there is little or no evidence of a performance improvement following supplementation with these so-called NO boosters. The evidence is with the vegetables.

How much money can companies make selling beets, though? How about a novel beetroot-enriched bread product? We’ve tried to get people to eat their fruits and vegetables, and where has that gotten us? But, hey! Lots of people eat white bread, so why not have them eat red bread? And indeed it worked: red beet bread brought down blood pressures and improved the ability of arteries to relax and dilate naturally. Bread, therefore, may be an effective vehicle to increase vegetable consumption without significant dietary changes,” because heavens forbid people should have to change their diet to improve their health…

If you want to put the whole discovery in context and get the detailed mechanism, see my 17-part video series:

How else can we support athletic performance? See

On the other hand, .

It’s great that we can improve athletic performance eating a few beets, but what about people who could really benefit from a more efficient use of oxygen? That’s the subject of my video . Also check out Slowing Our Metabolism with Nitrate-Rich Vegetables.

In health,

Michael Greger, M.D.

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3 Ingredient Paleo Naan (Indian bread) | My Heart Beets

Paleo Naan is a gluten-free and paleo-friendly flatbread dish that requires simply 3 components! It is the best method to scoop up curry and it’s so easy to make! This is a fantastic multi-purpose dish; use it as a tortilla, wrap, crepe, and so on

3-ingredient Paleo Naan

Yes, you check out that right. I think I have actually invented Paleo Naan and it just requires THREE active ingredients. Honestly, it was my mother who came up with this dish but since I’m her kid, she has actually provided me complete consent to declare this genius dish as my own. The appeal of this dish is that you can make this into a mouthwatering tortilla type of bread OR you can utilize it to make a dessert crepe! The trick is in the quantity of batter you use. It’s the most versatile batter EVER!

What is Naan?

For those of you who have actually never eaten naan– it’s an oven-baked flat bread that you discover in Indian restaurants. It’s made from white flour and baked in a tandoor oven; it comes out fluffy and soft and unbelievable. This batter can assist you accomplish that– minus the gluten. Simply put the batter onto a greased or (environment-friendly) non-stick frying pan or this steel crepe pan (it’s the best!) and cook until the batter is nice and fluffy. If you desire to make a dessert crepe, utilize less batter to make a thinner crepe.


How to Utilize Naan: Oh, how I have actually missed utilizing naan to scoop up my stew and Indian curry dishes. A lot of Indian individuals eat with their hands. The naan is practically like a spoon in a manner– it scoops up the meat and veggies and absorb the savory sauce. I grew up eating Indian bread (roti, naan, stuffed paratha, puri, bhatura) therefore having the ability to recreate this has been an essential part of my paleo journey. I miss out on consuming food that I grew up with– and now I can eat these dishes guilt-free– with a Paleo twist.

Now remember this is a Paleo dish. If you’re utilized to eating naan every day, you’re certainly going to see a substantial difference. Just remember that this naan benefits you. And, it’s tasty.

The 3 magical active ingredients:

The 3 components that comprise this magical batter are: almond flour, tapioca flour and coconut milk (the kind that comes in a can and it must be complete fat). If I’m making naan (or Pizza Crust or a tortilla), then I include a little bit of salt. If I desire this to be a dessert crepe, then I leave it as is. This batter is fantastic because you can include whatever you wish to it. Desire some garlic naan? Include minced garlic. Want to toss some spices in the mix? Do it. Desire to slather the naan with some amazing grass-fed ghee? Why wouldn’t you ?!

In addition to making Paleo Naan, you can also make Paleo Crepes. Cook them on somewhat lower heat and do not utilize as much batter. Fill the crepe with something sweet (apple butter, lemon curd, chocolate chips) and take a bite of awesomeness.

See this video to see how I make Paleo Naan (and register for my channel):

What else can I make with Paleo Naan?

When you start making this paleo-friendly and gluten-free flatbread, you’ll discover that you can utilize it for a lot of things! I use this flatbread to make all of these dishes:

Attempt my Coconut Flour Naan! It’s just as great as this recipe and it’s nut free! I likewise have another popular nut-free flatbread recipe on my blog for paleo roti.

What can I consume with Naan?

Have more concerns?

I have actually put together a post on Commonly Asked Questions about Paleo Naan in addition to my responses + pointers.

Love Indian food?

In it, I have other unbelievable Indian recipes like gulab jamun, jalebi, chicken korma, and so on. Check it out here!

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This is a wonderful batter. I hope you like it as much as I do.

3 Active Ingredient Paleo Naan (Indian bread)

  • Author: Ashley Thomas
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes Overall Time: 5 minutesYield: 6 little naans
  • Technique: Stovetop

    Food: Indian Active ingredients Guidelines Options for Size: 1 naan 179 1.7 g 6 mg 14.2 g 12.9 g 2.9 g 0 mg Did you make this recipe? Tag @myheartbeetson Instagram and hashtag it #myheartbeets Paleo Naan(Just 3 ingredients!)Paleo Crepe(paleo naan)filled withapple butter!

Harvard Beets Recipe and History

I confess I was nearly 30 by the time I tried my first roasted beet, but I was immediately pleased with its sweet flavor and firm (but not crunchy) texture. After a few years of happily ordering the occasional beet salad for lunch, I was looking to expand my beet-palate, which naturally led me to the most popular beet dish of all (and a New England classic to boot) — Harvard Beets!

Harvard Beets

Harvard Beets

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So what’s the history of Harvard Beets? Like a lot of things, we don’t really know for sure. Some say they earned the name for the way their deep red color mimicked the Harvard Crimson football jersey hue. Still others say they originated in a tavern in England named “Harwood” and somewhere along the way the name was mispronounced in America until it became “Harvard.”

Though dishes made with beets cooked in a sauce made from sugar and vinegar had probably existed for years, the addition of the cornstarch (a thickening agent) in the early 20th century is likely what made this dish spike in popularity, and it’s been enjoyed ever since.

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How to Make Harvard Beets:

I picked up my beets from the local co-op and they were (unfortunately) already stem-less. If you can, track down beets that still have their stems and root tips.

After roasting, the beet skin peels off easily.

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After roasting, the beets are peeled and sliced before going into the top of a double boiler to simmer in a mixture of vinegar, cornstarch, sugar, and salt. If you don’t have a double boiler set you can just rig two pots together or set a stainless steel bowl over a pot of simmering water.

Beets roasted and ready for simmering.

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After their sweet and sour bath, the beets are boosted with plenty of flavor — perfect for those of us that like our roasted veggies, but really love them with a little sauce.

Harvard Beets are a great side dish but also taste great chilled and pair perfectly with a summer salad for supper.

This post was first published in 2013 and has been updated. 

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Exclusive: Tony Beets and Parker Schnabel clash on Gold Rush Season 8 premiere

Parker Schnabel

The season of Gold Rush takes off in the premiere with

Beets and Schnabel dealing with off Parker Schnabel clashes with an irritated Tony Beets in our special clip from the premiere of Gold Rush Season 8.

Schnabel is moving dirt when Beets increases in a rush to challenge the young miner about why he is on Beets’ residential or commercial property. In a normal profanity-filled welcoming, Beets barks at Schnabel: “What the f *** are you doing? You kinda lost or something?”

Parker states to the cam before he faces Beets: “Well, now is as excellent a time as ever!” Beets then turns up the heat, stating to Parker: “What the f *** are you carrying out in my backyard anyway?”

Parker explains: “Well, uh … I’m on a lease with Ken and Stewart on the ground right next to you.” Beets says: “No f *****’ way!”

Resigned to the overdue fight, Schnabel tells Beets: “I’m done jumping through hoops … all you do is you move the hoops around and make me dive through them.”

Parker Schnabel and Tony Beets on the Gold Rush premiere

The set clash as Beets tells Parker he’s going to make his life challenging this

season”Well … up until now that’s worked,” states Beets. “For you,” says Parker, adding: “I’m simply trying to have a great long-term place, which you’ve always made quite tough, and a lease that does not have a bunch of bull **** Tony.”

Beets replies: “Why would I make it easy on you? Where you gon na get your water?”

“I think I’m reviewing there,” states Parker pointing over to Tony’s land, including: “Your ground … So, you’re not gon na make this easy?”

DON’T MISS: Special interview with Todd Hoffman on Season 8, his music career and more

Cutting to the chase, Beets lays it out, stating: “I’m not exactly sure if I can stop you or not, but I can sure make things f ****** hard if I pick to do so … from now on, I’m gon na be on your f ****** case, rather simple. Parker, you have yourself a good day.”

Parker is at a stalemate with the bad-tempered Viking of the cast. He responds to: “Whatever, Tony.” In real Gold Rush style, Beets then leaves in a hail of f-bombs …

Gold Rush premieres this Friday, October 13, at 9/8c on Discovery.

7 Things That Happen to Your Body When You Eat Beets

After years of being relegated to the recesses of the buffet next to the shredded cheese and buttered croutons, beets are enjoying their much-deserved location at the spotlight of a healthy diet plan. They’re not only chock-full of essential daily nutrients like B vitamins, iron, manganese, copper, magnesium, and potassium, these ruby gems likewise are a goldmine of health-boosting nutrients that you may not get anywhere else. Here are some great– and surprising– things that occur to your body when you eat beets.