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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Strawberry Lime Fruit Leather

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This fruit leather is full of delicious and nutrient dense fruit making it a great snack to keep on hand. It is naturally packed with vitamin C, which is essential for healing wounds, and maintaining strong bones and teeth. It also is a great source of fiber, which helps to prevent type II diabetes, and many types of cancer. Fiber also promotes healthy digestion and weight management.

The apples in this leather are a great source of the antioxidant quercetin, which promotes cardiovascular and respiratory health and also helps the body from self-destructing during long periods of stress. Limes are also an important source of many vitamins and minerals, including potassium. Potassium is important for maintaining nerve health and a healthy blood pressure. Strawberries are full of health promoting compounds as well, and are especially rich in anthocyanin and biotin. Anthocyanin helps to improve short term memory while biotin helps to build healthy skin and nails.

The many health benefits of this fruit packed snack makes it a great choice for kids as an alternative to conventional “fruit roll ups” and “fruit snacks.” Unlike these processed foods,  homemade fruit leathers like this one are made with vitamin and mineral rich whole ingredients that are just as delicious as they are good for you.
To make Strawberry-Lime Fruit Leather you will need:

-4 apples
-2 pounds of strawberries
-2 limes
-olive oil mister or parchment paper

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