That’s right I’m talking about those ruby red beets that you have been walking past and ignoring in the produce department. I happen to love the flavor of beets and just recently I learned that beets are a Super Antioxidant! Even more reasons to add this incredible root vegetable into your diet.
Dr Oz recently had a segment on his show talking about the amazing health benefits in beets. The following information came from that show. Here is a link to the Dr Oz video where he talks about the health benefits of beets.
A Few Health Benefits of Beets
- Beets help blood flow which helps your brain and your libido.
- The rich red color comes from cancer fighting antioxidant betalains.
- Beets reduce inflammation.
- Good source of Vit C and folic acid
- Helps athletes have more endurance because of the increased blood flow.
- Low Calorie and full of good fiber. 1/2 cup beets is 37 calories, 2g fiber, 1g protein, 8g carbs
How To Buy
Choose small firm beets. Red or golden beets are available. Purchase Organic if you can. Store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. If they come with the greens still attached those can also be cooked and eaten. I haven’t done that yet!
How To Cook
- Wash and trim both ends. Leave whole, you can leave the peel on and peel beets after they are cooked.
- Beets are super easy to cook. Just 15 minutes of steaming in a vegetable steamer over boiling water. Done when a fork can be inserted easily.
- Peel and cube and cook in boiling water like you would potatoes.
- I learned recently from my friend Linda to place the beets in a microwave safe dish, cover with plastic wrap and in just 13- 15 minutes of microwaving on high your beets are cooked. They are done when a fork can be inserted easily. This is so easy and now my preferred cooking method for beets.
- Oven roasted beets. Preheat oven to 400, clean beets and wrap in foil, roast for about an hour or until fork tender. Let cool and then peel using the method listed below. Or peel and dice raw beets, toss with oil, salt and pepper and place on a foil lined rimmed baking sheet and oven roast in a preheated 400 degree oven for 30-45 minutes or until fork tender.
- Let the whole cooked beets cool, run under cool water and rub the peel off. You might want to wear rubber gloves as they are messy and you might will end up with pink hands!
- Cut into slices, quarters or dice.
What do beets taste like?
They don’t taste like anything else that I know of. Kind of earthy, really sweet, soft and almost buttery. Hubby Tom and I think the fresh ones taste like dessert because of the high sugar content. Canned beets are more mild in flavor and to me taste a little less sweet but that earthy flavor is still there. I prefer fresh beets but I like canned ones too. Trader Joe’s sells already cooked beets in the fresh produce department.
How To Eat Them
- Cook fresh beets to eat warm as a side dish or have a little dish as dessert. They taste really sweet!
- Cold leftover beets are perfect in a salad with baby greens, citrus fruits, walnuts, barley or farro. If I don’t have fresh beets I open a can of beets, drain and add some to my salad. Beets pair well with vinegar. Pickled beets are also delicious.
- Beets are good mixed with oven roasted winter squash like in this salad, Farro, Roasted Squash, and Garbanzo Bean Salad
- Quarter and freeze fresh beets and then toss a chunk in with your berry smoothies. I love the flavor it adds not to mention the amazing color it gives to the smoothie! I just went looking for my breakfast smoothie with beets recipe on the blog and I found where I talked about it a year ago but I never posted the recipe! I am putting it on my list for a future post. It is one of my favorite summer time breakfasts.
It is still storming here. This is the wettest March we have had in the past 5 years! A small tree in the preserve next to our house toppled over onto our fence and into the yard. No damage was done since it was small.
Add Your Thoughts
Have you ever eaten beets? Do you like them?
Was there a food your mom tried to feed to you as a kid that you hated but now as an adult you like?
For me it was green peppers. My mom would stuff them and I liked the stuffing but not the pepper itself. Now I love green peppers! Oh, stuffed peppers sound tempting on a cold windy day like today.