Full disclaimer, I know beets are not the tastiest vegetable thats ever existed but I promise there are ways to prepare it to make it better. Some people actually like the bitter taste of beets, so if thats you, you're lucky!
Beets are colour and nutrient dense vegetable. This low calorie vegetable contains high levels of folate, manganese, and potassium.
Many studies and health claims suggest that beets support digestion, weight loss, support brain and heart health, and reduce inflammation. If you haven't noticed already, they are often used in juice recipes and cleanses due to their detoxification properties.
So how should you cook them?
-you can buy them pickled and add them to salads
-you can buy them whole, peel them, and steam or bake them
-you can also add them raw to juices (my favourite way to eat them
-you can even add them to lattes to give them a fun pink colour (see recipe link below)
But be warned. Beets are messy and I highly recommend you wear an apron and gloves when you prepare them. There have been too many shirts I have ruined because of beets or days I have shown up to work with pink stained fingers!
Rosemary Beet Hummus
Although I do love a classic hummus, sometimes it is nice to change things up! Adding beets to hummus is a great way to get in extra nutrients without the strong bitter flavour of beets on their own. The contain high amounts of folate, manganese and other trace minerals and are known to be an antioxidant rich food.
Give this recipe a try to change up your regular hummus and to try beets in a new way!
- 2 beets, peeled and diced
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 cup cooked chickpeas
- 1/2 tsp rosemary
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- sea salt to taste
- optional: 1 tbsp tahini
- preheat oven to 350F
- On a baking sheet combine olive oil, beets and rosemary
- bake for 20-30 minutes or until tender
- Remove from oven and add to food processor with chickpeas, garlic and salt
- Blend until smooth.
- Add small amounts of water or olive oil if needed for blending
- Serve with veggies and crackers
Tip: I also recommend adding it to toast with avocado