Beets, Benefits and Recipes

Since I am running this half marathon in a couple of weeks, I have decided to start reading runners world.  I came across an article on beets.  Beets are full of fiber, magnesium, folate, and potassium.  They also contain betacyanin which is an antioxidant that can reduce inflammation. Other added benefits are: natural aphrodisiac, they cleanse the body, help your mental health, high source of energy.  I have been adding new whole foods and superfoods into my diet since start nutrition school so I decided to give beets a try.

A couple of months ago, I ordered a beet salad for the first time and realized that I liked them. I had never boughten a beet before so this was going to be a first.  I have now tried a couple recipes with beets and really enjoyed them.

The first thing I made was a smoothie in my Vitamix blender with the beets.  I have to say I was a little bit nervous trying this.  I ended up really enjoying this smoothie and all of the nutrients it contains.

Berry Beet Smoothie

2  handfuls of organic spinach

1 beet chopped

2 apples chopped

1 carrot

1 cup raspberries

 

Blend in a high speed blender for 45 seconds until smooth.  Add water if you want thinner consistency.

 

Drink and enjoy all of the health benefits

I roast veggies a lot but had never added beets to it.  You can use whatever veggies you have on hand and any amount you want.  If you do a lot at a time make sure you use two pans so they can roast instead of steam.

Roasted Veggies with Beets

portabella mushroom slices

1 beet chopped and parboiled

baby carrots

fresh garlic cloves

onion slices

olive oil

salt and pepper (or any seasoning you enjoy)

Roast in oven at 425 for 15 to 20 minutes until tender and caramelized.

 

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