Did you know that beets are incredibly nutritious? For a little motivation to eat those beets, here are a few facts about their nutritional value. Beets contain phosphorus, sodium, magnesium, calcium, iron, and potassium, as well as fiber, vitamins A and C, niacin, and biotin. They also contain folic acid, which is recommended for pregnant women because it may lower the risk of spina bifida and other neural tube defects in newborn infants. Beets (and beet juice) detoxify the blood, and beet juice contains betaine, which stimulates the function of liver cells and protects the liver and bile ducts. Beets also help protect against heart disease, birth defects and certain cancers, especially colon cancer. Plus, my picky non-vegetable-eating three year old actually LIKES to eat them, especially the beet greens.
My garden is full of beets, but most of the time I don't have a clue about what to do with them. So they eventually end up in the compost pile, which is a shame considering their health benefits (although the up side is that they do add lots of mineral value to the compost, and in turn to next year's garden produce). But after a little research I now have a variety of interesting beet meal ideas to share. Read on!
I hope you don't think I would actually put myself or my family through a day of beets, but it's fun to learn about all the creative things you can do with a single vegetable. Do you have any recipes to add to the menu?