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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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.