Are you a beet lover? I have to admit that I came to love beets later in life. I never grew up eating them much, but now as an adult with a family I understand why it’s a good idea to incorporate beets into one’s diet. Beets have a really earthy flavor when eaten raw, but roasting them helps them take on an entirely different taste.
Do those Russian centenarians know something we don’t when it comes to health? Well, they just might. I think one of the reasons why this group of Russians live so long is because of the regular consumption of beets in their diet. Borscht is a very typical Russian soup which uses beets as a base. Beets are awesome for the following reasons:
- High in antioxidants, particularly manganese, vitamin C, lutein and zeaxanthin. These antioxidants help to protect the liver, nerve health and eye health.
- High in folate
- Aid in detoxification and help to purify the blood
- Reduce blood pressure
- Stamina booster
If you are someone who has wanted to try beets but wasn’t sure how to use them, I have a easy and delicious recipe that will get you on your way!
- 2 medium sized beets
- salt to taste
- 2 tbs of balsamic vinegar
- 1 tbs of olive oil
- Preheat your oven to 200 degrees celsius or 400 degrees fahrenheit. Cut and cube the beets and place in a bowl. Add the olive oil and balsamic vinegar and stir until all the beet cubes have been covered with the mixture. Sprinkle some salt lightly over the beets. Place the beets onto a baking pan or sheet and bake for 20-30 minutes. Check on them to make sure they don't burn. If they start to brown then take them out.