BEETS & all their benefits (+ a recipe)

Beets are not only delicious but also one of the healthiest foods you can eat. Beets come in two different colors; red and yellow. Each color has a slightly different flavor (the yellow is milder). Beets can be cooked and served in so many ways, making it super easy to incorporate into your diet. Here are just some of the MANY health benefits of beets,

  • HIGH in many Vitamins & Minerals including, potassium, magnesium, iron, fiber, vitamins A, B & C, beta ā€“ carotene and folic acid, just to name a few! The high amount of vitamins and minerals in beets helps reduce cholesterol, promote skin health, and can help to treat indigestion, constipation and anemia.
    • Note: Beets are extremely beneficial to women who are pregnant since they contain high levels of B Vitamin Folate which helps the development of the child.
  • Natural CLEANSER & DETOXIFIER! Beets are a natural tonic for the liver, purifier for the blood, and can prevent various forms of cancer. Beets contain properties that fight blood clotting and plague formation which could ultimately lead to heart disease, stroke or a pulmonary embolism.
  • Source of ENERGY. Beets are very low in calories and high in good carbohydrates and natural sugar. This type of sugar releases very slowly (as opposed to the bad sugars), which combined with the carbohydrates, regulates energy levels for longer.

…and now, of course, a recipe to make using beets (which happens to be my all time favorite way to cook them).

Rosemary Roasted Beets
(regular or spiralized)

  

Ingredients:
Beets
Garlic Powder
Rosemary
Sea Salt

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
2. Line a baking tray with tin foil and spray with coconut oil or olive oil.
3. Cut beets into small squares and/or wedges and line them up on the baking sheet. You can also spiralize your beets if you have a spiralizer.
4. Drizzle the beets with coconut oil or olive oil and then sprinkle garlic powder, rosemary and sea salt on the top.
5. Place in the oven for 25 minutes.
6. Serve over greens with crumbled goat cheese and pistachios for an amazing salad or just eat them as is for a perfect side dish šŸ™‚

Easy & Healthy Snack Recipe

Snacks are always one of the biggest struggles forĀ people who try to eat healthy and/or are looking to lose weight. Here is an easy and very satisfying snack that can also be used as an appetizer with friends & family. This recipeĀ contains two of my favorite foods that have amazing nutritional value; beets & sweet potatoes.

Health Benefits of Beets:

1. FULL of vitamins & minerals: high in vitamin C, fiber, and potassium just to name a few.

2. Detoxifying: contain betalin pigments which break down toxins in your blood and liver.

3. Anti-Inflammatory:Ā contain a nutrient calledĀ betaineĀ whichĀ helps protects cells from environmental stress, help fight inflammation, and protect internal organs.

4. Lower your blood pressure (literally, instantly): the occurring nitrates in beets are converted into nitric oxide when digested which helps to relax and dilate your blood vessels, improving blood flow and lowering blood pressure.

Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes:

1. Fat free, low sodium and much lower in calories than a white potato

2. Great source of fiber and work well to aid in digestion problems.

3. Packed with vitamins & minerals: Large source of potassium, magnesium, iron, vitmains A, B6 and C just to name a few.

4. Great source of betaĀ beta carotene and other carotenoids. These help strengthen eyesight and boost our immunity to disease. They are also known to help fight off cancer as well as protect us from the effects of aging.

5. Great source of natural sugars. These sugars are released slowly into the body during digestion which allows the body to have a great balanced energy and work to regulate blood sugar levels.

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Beet & Sweet Potato Chips

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
  • Peel your beets and sweet potatoes to remove skin if you wish
  • Using a mandolin or a sharp knife cut the beets and sweet potatoes into small slices
    • Sometimes it is easier to boil your beets/sweet potatoes for a few minutes to soften them before cutting if you do not have good utensils
  • Spray a lined baking sheet with coconut or olive oil and place each slice down with as little overlapping as possible
  • Re-spray the tops of the vegetables with coconut or olive oil and sprinkle garlic powder, rosemary, and a little sea salt over the slices
  • Roast in the oven for about 20-30 minutes or until crispy. You may want to switch to broil for the last few minutes to get them extra crunchy.

You can eat these chips by themselves, use them to make nachos, or add a side dip of mashed avocado or guacamole to enjoy them with šŸ™‚