If you’re looking for a new favorite vegetable, look no further than beets! Beets are earthy, but also pack a lot of sweetness. Did you know they are one of the few vegetables you can completely consume? That includes the roots, stems, and leaves. For every cup of cooked beets, you’re getting 15 percent of your daily fiber needs, 15 percent of your daily potassium needs and 10 percent of your daily magnesium needs, all while also getting an excellent source of folate. Folate is wonderful because it’s what your body uses to produce and maintain healthy cells. Beets are not only delicious, they’re easy to incorporate into your recipes as well. Are you ready to try some beets? Here are some great recipes to get you started!

Beet and Berry Smoothie

Kickstart your morning with a beet and berry smoothie! If you want a pro tip for making this smoothie, add half a cup of low-fat yogurt for some added taste and creamy texture. You can also dice and freeze your cooked beets ahead of time for a chilled smoothie.

Here’s what you’ll need:

1/3 cup roasted or steamed beets, chopped

1 cup frozen or fresh blueberries

1/2 cup 1% reduced fat milk

Mix it up!

Add 3/4 cups of ice, then place all of the ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Enjoy!

 

Beet Chips

These chips taste similar to roasted corn and have a sweet flavor, which makes them perfect to eat as a snack on their own.

Here’s what you’ll need:

3 medium-large beets, rinsed and scrubbed

Olive or canola oil

Sea salt and black pepper to taste

Let’s get crispy!

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 F.
  2. Thinly slice your beets. Your slices should curl somewhat when sliced.
  3. Split the slices between two baking sheets and slightly drizzle with olive oil. Add a small amount of salt and pepper, then toss to cover the slices. Make sure the slices aren’t touching when placed on the pan.
  4. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until crispy and slightly brown.
  5. Remove from oven. Let cool. Enjoy!

If you enjoy eating hummus, you’ll love this Roasted Beet Hummus recipe!

 

 

Roasted Beets

Roasting brings out the natural sweetness in vegetables and intensifies their delicious flavors. This cooking method will caramelize the exterior and keep them moist and tender on the inside.

Here’s what you’ll need:

4 beets, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch slices

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves, this is optional!

Roast it up!

  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Toss the beets, olive oil and thyme in a bowl until beets are coated, and arrange the slices on baking sheet so that they don’t touch. Sprinkle with sea salt.
  3. Roast until the beets are tender, 10 to 20 minutes. You can test them by inserting a fork into a slice. If completely cooked, the fork should pierce it easily.

 

 

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Jackie J.

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Jackie J. became a Publix associate in 2017 after deciding to take her love of food to the next level. She began working with the Social Media team at that time and she immediately fell in love with life at Publix. In her spare time, she bakes to relax and creates yummy morsels for friends and family to munch on. When she isn’t working, you can probably find her playing with her cat and dog (Nila and Oreo), at a theme park or watching a Harry Potter Movie Marathon.

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