Purple, golden, candy cane, white and pink…these are the colors of this root vegetable called Beets.
I enjoy beets and try to incorporate them into our weekly regime. Sometimes I even add a small beet to my smoothie as it bumps up the nutritional value of my morning elixir.
Delicious Beets are full of vitamins, minerals and have potential medical properties.
Being low in calories, beets are loaded with various nutrition properties like fiber, protein, vitamin C, B6, folate, magnesium, potassium, manganese and even iron.
Some of the benefits gained from including beets in your nutrition arsenal are as follows:
- Studies have shown that eating beets can help lower blood pressure.
- Athletes like to eat lots of beets as they have been shown to improve physical energy
- Help keep inflammation at bay. The pigment in beets called betalain has anti inflammatory properties. Inflammation is the root of all diseases and to try and eat a diet that reduces inflammation is the best diet to maintain. Beets and beet juice are high on the list in this regard.
- Because of the fiber in beets, improved digestion is one of the benefits gained by eating them. Just one cup of beets contains 3.4 grams of dietary fiber. That’s a good boost to reaching your daily fiber goal.
- The nitrates in beets are a brain booster. They possibly improve your mental function by diluting blood vessels increasing blood flow to your brain.
- Because of the antioxidant content of beets, they are being studied in cancer research. It is suspected that the high antioxidant and anti inflammatory properties of beets helps to reduce the growth of tumor cells.
- Beets are a good food to eat if you are on a weight reduction diet . They carry so many amazing nutrients and fiber and very little in calories.
As well as juicing beets, I sometimes roast them tossed in olive oil and salt and pepper and serve them as a side dish. I often use grated beets on salads. The greens of the beets cook up like spinach and are super nutritious.
Try to add more beets to your diet.
First of all, scrub your beets to remove all of the dirt. Slice off the tops and bottoms of the beets with a sharp knife. Peel the skin off the beets with a sharp knife or paring tool. I often wear disposable kitchen food prep gloves or my lovely “French manicure” gets stained purple from the beet juice.
Get 4 medium or 8 small beets, scrubbed and peeled. Cut them into bite size chunks. Put them in a glass roasting dish and toss them in approximately 3 tablespoons of good olive oil. Sprinkle with Himalayan salt and black pepper. Roast in a 425 degree oven, tossing half way through for a total of about 30 minutes….checking to see that the beets are fork tender.
Once cooked they make an awesome side dish to barbecued protein or make a wonderful topping for a big lucious green salad.
My honey likes his beets warm with melted butter on them as a side dish.