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Vegetable spotlight: beets

Vegetable spotlight: beets | recipes and nutrition facts

I only recently started incorporating beets into my diet on the regular. I used to think they were far too messy to cook with and not worth all the effort. Then I roasted my first batch and got completely hooked on their earthy, sweet flavor.

Beets aren’t just good for walkers, joggers, and runners – they’re a super food that should be a part of anyone’s diet, active or not. You could even say they’re unBEETable (hah – sorry, I just had to go there!).

Let me break it down:

  • Beets are rich in potassium, magnesium, fiber, phosphorus, iron; vitamins A, B & C; beta-carotene, beta-cyanine; folic acid – among other vitamins and nutrients.
  • Beets are a “unique source” betalains. The phytonutrients inside beets have been shown to “provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification support.”
  • There are even some studies showing beets can make you a faster runner! Researchers at Saint Louis University discovered that “eating cooked beets ‘acutely improves running performance,'” crediting their high nitrate content.

Here are 20 delicious beet recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even dessert. Yes – beets pairs famously with chocolate – so I highly recommend trying it!

As I mentioned above, one of the simplest ways to enjoy beets is by roasting them to enjoy their natural flavor at its best. I use this easy method inside my dutch oven with great results. Otherwise, I also like tossing canned beets – if I’m in a rush – into this tasty Apple-Beet Muffin recipe. Great for a healthy breakfast on the go!

What’s your favorite way to eat beets?

Written by  Ashley Marcin / Photo Ed Yourdon, Creative Commons license