Beets are not only tasty and fun to eat, but they are really good for you. When well-prepared, you wouldn’t believe how amazing these treasures can spruce up a salad or any meal. The nutritional value of beets just can’t be beat! Just one cup is a super dosage of vitamins – more than a third of your daily requirement of folate (which is a B vitamin vital for heart health), a good dosage of manganese that is used in making free-radical-fighting enzymes and is power-packed in nitrates (also heart helpers because they relax and dilate blood vessels; reduce blood pressure and improve exercise performance).
So, as you grimace at the thought of those nasty canned pickled beets your grandmother or mother served when you were growing up, here’s how you can really enjoy these jewels of the earth:
Pick your color and type. Beets come in all sizes, varieties and shapes. They also come in golden and red tones. My favorite way to eat beets is this: buy fresh beets at your farmer’s market. Scrub them and just poke a few holes in them with a fork. Put them in a pot of water and boil until soft to the fork’s touch. Set aside to cool. The beet water is fabulous for your blood and is wonderful in a protein smoothie or just straight up with ice, so don’t waste it! When the beets have cooled, the skins will just peel right off in your hands. Cut them up into half inch cubes and store in the refrigerator. Toss in a salad with arugula, goat cheese, toasted pine nuts, raisins or craisins, balsamic vinegar, and a little olive oil….scrumptious!! Simple, easy and really good for you!
Beets, you just can’t beat ’em!