I’ve been wanting to add more beets to my diet because of all their wonderful health benefits.* So, last night I sliced and roasted a few beets and then stored them in the fridge overnight. This morning I just threw in a couple of slices into my regular shake (which also includes almond milk and avocado) and the results are fantastic.
First of all, let me say that I think beets are the prettiest root vegetable out there.
They are so pretty and their color is so gorgeous – when I was in junior high I read a beauty tip in YM Magazine that said if you slice open a beet and rub it across your lips it will stain them a pretty blush color and there you’d have a natural “lip-stain”- so, I got my grandfather to dig me up a few beets from his garden….thus began my love affair with the beet – and they are chalk-full of goodness:
* 1) Beets have ZERO trans fat and ZERO saturated fat. They are also low calorie!
2) Beets are a great instant energy source, but unlike processed foods which are high in (bad) carbohydrates, beets will energize your body. Beets can be regarded as body fuel.
3) Beets are high in vitamins and minerals. They contain sodium, magnesium, calcium, iron and phosphorous! They are also considered a fiber food and contain vitamins A and C as well as niacin.
4) Beets cleanse the body. They are a wonderful tonic for the liver, work as a purifier for the blood, and can prevent various forms of cancer (skin, lung and colon).
5) Beets are nature’s Viagra. One of the first known uses of beets was by the ancient Romans, who used them medicinally as an aphrodisiac. Beets contain high amounts of boron, which is directly related to the production of human sex hormones. (Kiley Dumas, Healthy Eating)
6) Reduces Birth Defects: Beets are good for pregnant women since they are a source of B vitamin folate which helps in the development of infant’s spinal column. Deficiency of folate could lead to a variety of conditions called neural tube defects.
7) Beets boost heart health and lower the risk of stroke.
I’ve juiced with beets before so I was ecstatic when I discovered that I could include them in my shakes. I should have realized how easy it would be since I’ve included cauliflower in my shakes before (my Nutir Bullet is my best friend!). (Roasting the beets soften them so that I don’t kill the blades of my blender.) And now I’m sure I can include them in pretty much everything – in baking (yeah, because I do so much baking), shakes, soups and salads. The possibilities can be endless.
Playing with your food is fun!