Beets have some great benefits. Here are a few ways to incorporate beets into your diet.
The Healthiest Ways to Use Beets
When eaten raw, beet are firm, crunchy and mildly sweet tasting. Beets make an excellent addition to smoothies, juices, or salads because consuming them raw guarantees you are not losing any of their important benefits during the cooking process. Once they are cooked, beets become somewhat different tasting, taking on a softer and sweeter taste.
Beets are often paired with cheeses like goat cheese, balsamic vinegar which balances their sweetness, and arugula which adds a nice peppery counterbalance to the beets earthy and sweet taste. Today, beets are still used as one of the main ingredients in traditional eastern European cuisines, including recipes for borscht and various soups.
They are often commonly pickled or canned which changes their taste a bit and can destroy some of their nutrients depending on the exact preparation method and brand that you buy from.
Beets have a naturally sweet taste due to their higher sugar content, and this makes them ideal for roasting where their sugars have the chance to caramelize. Although it’s important to note that even though beets seem very resistant and tough, they are actually a very delicate vegetable. Beets are prone to oxidizing and losing some of their nutrient value when they are overheated and overcooked. Add some other veggies like potatoes, carrots, onions, garlic, brussel sprouts and even sweet potatoes, for a wonderful meal. Cut all veggies to medium size pieces, In a bowl, add veggies, a bit of olive oil and Celtic sea salt. Place into a 9x12 casserole dish. Bake in the oven covered with foil, for about 45 minutes, on 400 degrees. Take foil off, and broil on high for about 10 minutes or until slightly brown. Yum!
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DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
"In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand." Eccl. 11:6
The parable of the sower in Mark 4:26-29 excited much questioning. Some of the hearers gathered from it that Christ was not to establish an earthly kingdom, and many were curious and perplexed. Seeing their perplexity, Christ used other illustrations, still seeking to turn their thoughts from the hope of a worldly kingdom to the work of God's grace in the soul.
"And He said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; and should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how. For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear. But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come."
"As the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth, so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth." Isa. 61:11. As in the natural, so in the spiritual sowing; the teacher of truth must seek to prepare the soil of the heart; he must sow the seed; but the power that alone can produce life is from God.
The good seed may for a time lie unnoticed in a cold, selfish, worldly heart, giving no evidence that it has taken root; but afterward, as the Spirit of God breathes on the soul, the hidden seed springs up, and at last bears fruit to the glory of God. In our lifework we know not which shall prosper, this or that. This is not a question for us to settle. We are to do our work, and leave the results with God…The object of the Christian life is fruit bearing--the reproduction of Christ's character in the believer, that it may be reproduced in others.
There can be no growth or fruitfulness in the life that is centered in self. If you have accepted Christ as a personal Saviour, you are to forget yourself, and try to help others. Talk of the love of Christ, tell of His goodness. Do every duty that presents itself. Carry the burden of souls upon your heart, and by every means in your power seek to save the lost…As you receive the Spirit of Christ--the Spirit of unselfish love and labor for others--you will grow and bring forth fruit. The graces of the Spirit will ripen in your character. Your faith will increase, your convictions deepen, your love be made perfect. More and more you will reflect the likeness of Christ in all that is pure, noble, and lovely…Christ is waiting with longing desire for the manifestation of Himself in His church. When the character of Christ shall be perfectly reproduced in His people, then He will come to claim them as His own.
It is the privilege of every Christian not only to look for but to hasten the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, (2 Peter 3:12, margin). Were all who profess His name bearing fruit to His glory, how quickly the whole world would be sown with the seed of the gospel. Quickly the last great harvest would be ripened, and Christ would come to gather the precious grain.
Christ Object Lessons, Pg. 63-69
Naturopathic Lifestyle Educator and Wellness Coach, Sonja Upham, received medical missionary training and lifestyle education at Uchee Pines Lifestyle Center in Alabama and Hallelujah Acres in North Carolina. She moved from her position as Webmaster and class lecturer at Uchee Pines back to North Carolina where she serves as Assistant Health Ministries Director at her local church, and Co-founder of HeavenScent Wholistic Health, along with her husband Dave. Furthering her education she attended Global College of Natural Medicine, receiving her Master Herbalist and Holistic Health Practitioner certifications. She is currently working towards her doctorate in Naturopathy.