“First rule in roadside beet sales, put the most attractive beets on top. The ones that make you pull the car over and go, ‘Wow, I need this beet right now.’ Those are the money beets.” Dwight K. Schrute, The Office
It’s beet season y’all! Winter root vegetables are so good. Beetroots, more commonly known as beets, are a popular root vegetable used in so many cuisines around the world. Beets are amazing aren’t they? The vibrant color, the unique taste, I’m like Dwight and love beets.
Nutritional wise, beets are so money too. And they are more versatile than you know.
Health Benefits of Beets
- Beets are full of vitamins and minerals and low in calories and fat.
- Major studies have shown that beets can lower blood pressure by up to 4–10 mmHg over a period of only a few hours.
- Eating beets may enhance athletic performance by improving oxygen use and time to exhaustion.
- Beets have a number of anti-inflammatory effects.
- Beets are a good source of fiber, which is beneficial for digestive health.
- Beets have been shown to particularly improve blood flow to the frontal lobe of the brain, an area associated with higher-level thinking. Beets make you smarter?
- The antioxidant content of beets have led to an interest in its ability to prevent cancer.
- Beets have several nutritional properties that should make them good for weight loss. Water and Fiber!
This Recipe from Happy Kitchen Rocks is beautiful in taste and color. I love a bright colorful dip y’all!
This gorgeous salad from A Beautiful Plate has all of my favorite things in it. Avocados, beets and citrus!
This beautiful red cake from Nirvana Cakery is perfect for my sweet tooth, and it’s got this amazing texture that I love.
I’m always here for a veggie burger recipe. This beet chickpea burger from Le Petit Eats is amazing.
Cold fall and winter nights make me crave soup. This gorgeous soup from Choosing Chia had all of my kids going back for seconds.
It’s time to party, turn the beet up! (bad beet pun, sorry)
Here is an overview of the nutrients found in a 3.5-ounce (100-gram) serving of cooked beetroot (source):
- Calories: 44
- Protein: 1.7 grams
- Fat: 0.2 grams
- Fiber: 2 grams
- Vitamin C: 6% of the RDI
- Folate: 20% of the RDI
- Vitamin B6: 3% of the RDI
- Magnesium: 6% of the RDI
- Potassium: 9% of the RDI
- Phosphorous: 4% of the RDI
- Manganese: 16% of the RDI
- Iron: 4% of the RDI