Pssst! This is Part 4 in a 5 part series filled with tips, tricks, recipes and more to help you make the most of this glorious Spring bounty. Check out the full series here and follow along as we play with our food, and don’t forget to join the conversation on our Facebook Group.
Beets are high in immune-boosting vitamin C, fiber, and essential minerals like potassium (essential for healthy nerve and muscle function) and manganese (which is good for your bones, liver, kidneys, and pancreas). Beets also contain the B vitamin folate, which helps reduce the risk of birth defects. Bonus, steamed beets are easy to sneak into a smoothie too; just don’t spill!
When selecting beets, choose beets that are firm and heavy for their size. If your beets come with the greens attached, remove the beets from the greens and store them separately in your refrigerator. Beets will keep in the crisper drawer for up to 3 weeks. Greens are delicious sautéd with garlic and olive oil or and impart an earthly flavor when subbed in recipes for chard.
Beets have also be used for decades to test digestive health and speed of elimination in the body. Healthy digestive transit is between 12-24 hours and beets can often provide easy insight into your body’s current digestive condition. (More on how to conduct an at home transit speed test HERE.)
–Fabulous Beet Recipes and Reads–
Quick Pickled Beets (Paleo Grubs)
Gluten Free Shells with Beets, Ricotta and Pistachios (bon appetit) *we riff on this by subbing in our favorite nut ricotta recipe.
Beet and Carrot Salad with Curry Dressing (bon appetit)
Easy Marinated Roasted Beets (nom nom paleo)
Easy Beet Chips (paleo hacks)
Kale, Candied Bacon and Roasted Beet Salad (paleomg)
Roasted Beet and Walnut Dip (epicurious)
Roasted Beet Balsamic Mustard (Adventures in Cooking)
Ginger Beet Sorbet (Boulder Locavore) *we sub the cane sugar for honey or coconut sugar.
Cooking Lessons: How to Make Beet Kvass (the kitchn)
Paleo, Whole 30, Vegan Friendly, AIP, GAPS