Ask your doctor about adding beets to your diet. Beets are an excellent source of dietary fiber, vitamin B, iron, vitamin C (an immune-booster), potassium (for healthy nerve and muscle function), and manganese (good for bones, liver, kidneys, and pancreas). They are commonly believed to be good for your heart, liver, and colon. And they contain phytochemicals that are good for your eyes and nerve tissues, as well as lutein, an antioxidant that helps protect the eyes from age-related macular degeneration and cataracts.
Simple and Tasty Ways to Prepare Them
If you’ve ever picked up fresh beets from the farmer’s market, you may not have known that the leafy part is edible and packed with vitamin K. Don’t waste those leaves! They taste similar to kale and are simple to prepare. Just cut them into large pieces, saute in a pan with a little olive oil and some garlic, and eat them as a side dish or add them to some pasta. Or try this recipe for Simple and Delicious Beets from Allrecipes.com.
As for the beet part, which contains a good amount of fiber, you can grate them raw to add to a salad or slice them and combine with baby spinach, kale leaves, nuts, and feta to make a heart-healthy dinner salad. You can also roast them in the oven. Wrap each beet individually in foil and bake at 350 degrees F until they are tender. Or try this yummy Beets and Herbs Salad recipe from Food 52.
You can also be adventurous and use every part of the beet in one recipe with this Roasted Beets and Sauteed Beet Greens recipe from Allrecipes.com.