Although a little messy to deal with, beets have a delicious, slightly sweet flavour profile that allows it to be used in multiple dishes. Cooked, baked, or raw, this vegetable is not only tasty, but it is packed with lots of nutrients that are essential to our health.
Beets are high in iron – In our red blood cells, iron is responsible for aiding the transport of oxygen from our blood to the rest of our body. The more iron in our diet, the more oxygen that will be available to our organs, giving us more energy overall. This makes beets an important staple to vegetarians and vegans, as iron is usually found in high quantities in meat products.
They contain high amounts of B vitamins – B vitamins, such as B12, play a big part in increasing energy at a consistent level throughout the day, reducing stress, keeping our hormones healthy, etc.
Beets are high in antioxidants – noted by their deep redish-purple colour, beets are high in vitamins A and C, powerful antioxidants that are beneficial to our immune system.
They can help mediate blood pressure – beets are actually quite high in nitrates, which have the ability to dilate blood vessels. This allows for an easier blood flow and reduced blood pressure rate.
Beets are high in fiber – as mentioned in previous posts, fiber is great for improving digestion and losing weight, and beets have plenty!
Featured Recipe: BEET AND GOAT CHEESE CROSTINI
In a small bowl, mix together a small package of goat cheese with black pepper, garlic powder and chopped organic green onions. Using organic crostini or crackers, spread the goat cheese mixture onto the crackers. Top with chopped organic cooked beets. Serve as an appetizer at your next get together!