If its cold and grey (and white...its snowing here!) and you feel the need for some colour in your life. There is no better way to do it than with beets.
I have always enjoyed beets, but lately I have become addicted.
Its all thanks to my lovely, generous neighbour, who always shares the goodies from her organics boxes with me. The last couple shares have involved 2 lb bags of locally grown beets.
Just look at these gorgeous babies before they've been roasted!
My favorite way to prepare them is simply peeling them, cutting, tossing with apple cider vinegar, and roasting. They are like candy!
This salad I made recently with the beets, veggies, goat cheese and a raspberry vinaigrette (made with konjac powder) was absolutely divine!
Not only are they sweet and delicious, but beets are packed with health benefits. They are a great source of fibre, folate, manganese, potassium, iron and vitamin C. They have been shown to improve blood flow, lower blood pressure, and enhance athletic performance, thanks to their high nitrate content. One cup of beets has only 58 calories, and provides 2 grams of protein.
So go ahead and indulge. Just don't indulge too much like I did...they are high in fibre! Also, be prepared to have a lot of pink and purple tinted, um, stuff, for the next couple of days. But, really, its worth it.
I have shared this post with Urban Naturale's Plant-Based Pot-Luck.