Ode to Beets: 150+ Reasons to Love this Root Veggie

Beets, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. 

Beets are definitely one of my favorite vegetables. One of the most amazing things about them is how good they are for your health. They are loaded with nutrients and are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, folate, magnesium, iron, copper, & phosphorus. They also provide fiber and antioxidants.

This root veggie also has some medicinal benefits. It helps to cleanse the liver and can be helpful for promoting healthy digestion. Because beets contain nitrates they aid in improving blood flow, lowering blood pressure, and can even boost stamina so you can excerise longer. They also contain betaine, an anti-inflammatory amino acid that helps to protect the body from environmental stress.

Beets contain several minerals that are essential to healthy nerve and muscle function and promote bone, liver, pancreas,and kidney health. They also contain B vitamin folate, which helps reduce the risk of birth defects.

Beet greens are extremely healthy too. They are an important source of essential nutrients, like vitamin B6, potassium, magnesium, vitamin A, vitamin C, and calcium. They also contain more iron than spinach and are a good source of fiber and protein.

In addition to being super healthy, beets are also really tasty and versatile. They are a great addition to soups, pastas, salads, juices, smoothies, and even make lovely desserts and condiments.

Below are 150 recipes to help you fall in love with beets. If you’re already a beet lover, some of these recipes may be familiar, but there’s also a lot of fun, unique recipes that will have you wanting to eat beets for breakfast, lunch & dinner. Enjoy!

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1. Beet Hashbrowns from The Roasted Root

Photo Credit: The Roasted Root

2. Beet & Chia Pancakes from The New York Times

3. Chocolate Beet Muffins from Cake Student

4. Beet Hash Breakfast Wraps from Reclaiming Provincial

Photo credit: Reclaiming Provincial

5. Pink Breakfast Bowl from Ricki Heller

6. Roasted Beet, Baby Spinach & Goat Cheese Quiche from Food52

7. Red Flannel Hash Cakes from Martha Stewart

8. Beet & Carrot Muffins from Hidden Ponies

9. Breakfast Beet Shakshuka from The Whole Tara

Photo Credit: The Whole Tara

10. Beet Crust Leek Quiche from Prevention

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Peanut Butter Banana Breakfast Smoothie


 This tasty smoothie makes a great breakfast. It’s perfect when you’re short on time as it is very easy and quick to make. The peanut butter in this recipe provides protein and fiber to help keep you full. Additionally, both peanut butter and almond milk are a good source of magnesium, potassium, vitamin E, and other important nutrients. 

Bananas pair well with the peanut butter in this smoothie while providing potassium, vitamin C, and many more vitamins and minerals. Maple syrup adds sweetness and can be omitted if you like your smoothie a little less sweet.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of almond milk
  • 2 bananas
  • 3 Tablespoons of natural peanut butter
  • 1 Tablespoon of pure maple syrup

Combine ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth. This recipe makes about 4 cups of smoothie. 

Easy Green Morning Smoothie

Some days I am really horrible about getting out of bed in the morning. On days like that, I need something quick and easy for breakfast. Preferably, something that will tide me over til lunch so I am not tempted to eat the doughnuts someone left in the break room at work.

This smoothie is the perfect solution. Quick, easy and naturally low in calories and fat. It’s also a great source of vitamins and minerals making a healthy way to start your morning.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 1 cup water
  • 1-2 teaspoons Spirulina*
  • juice of half a lemon (optional)
  • 1-3 sprigs of fresh mint (optional)

Directions:

Add ingredients together in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour drink into a glass and enjoy.

*Spirulina is a type of algae that adds an extra boost of protein, vitamins, and minerals to this drink. It can be found in most health food stores. It is not, however, an essential ingredient to the smoothie as bananas and spinach will already provide lots of great vitamins and fiber.