Just Beet It: Five Ways to Enjoy Beets

by Rachael Collier
Brightly colored vegetables are typically packed with nutrients, which makes beets an ultra-healthy choice. The distinctive hue of these purple powerhouses come from anthocyanin content, which makes the vegetable heart-healthy as well as good for blood pressure.
Beets are also high in other vitamins and nutrients, including:
  • Folate, a B vitamin
  • Lutein and zeaxanthin, which help to maintain good eye health
  • Vitamins A and C
  • Fiber, which aids digestion 

Here's Z Living's Top Five Ways To Eat Your Beets


Raw in a Slaw

Did you know that you can enjoy beets raw? Add an extra punch of nutritional value by adding to your favorite traditional coleslaw, or slice finely as a topping for your salad.
A mandoline is the easiest and quickest way to create finely sliced raw beets. Our favourite is Benriner’s traditional Japanese mandoline (Amazon.com, $39.99). It’s simple to use and lets you create ultra-thin jullienne strips. It also doubles as a handy tool to make zucchini spaghetti (the perfect way to sneak veggies into your family’s diet).

Freshly Juiced

Beets will yield a lot of juice compared to most other fruits and veggies.

For a spicy pick-me-up, try juicing:
  • Two peeled raw medium-sized beets
  • A quarter of a lemon with rind removed
  • One green apple
  • A one inch cube of ginger, peeled
 Enjoy it fresh from the juicer or in a glass with soda water and ice. 
For an adult twist, a splash of gin with beet juice and soda water makes a refreshing cocktail. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary to bring out the juniper flavors of the gin.

Roasted on the BBQ

Roasting beets brings out their natural sweetness. Toss peeled, sliced beets in your favorite marinade, wrap in foil, and cook for about 30 minutes, or until tender. We love them in olive oil, salt, and coarsely chopped parley with a splash of apple cider vinegar.

With Cheese, Please

Nothing pairs better with beets than cheese. While goat cheese and beets is a classic combination in a salad, don’t stop there. Pickled beets or a beet tapenade make a tasty addition to any cheese platter.

Blended into a Burger

Elevate any burger by mixing grated, cooked beets directly into your recipe. It’s an easy way to get your vegetables, and it pairs well with spicy toppings like mustard and tangy arugula for a gourmet treat.
Beet burgers are also a great way to make a hearty meal on meatless Monday’s. The Kitchn’s Beet and Bean Burgers combines oats and beets for a burger so hefty and juicy, you won’t miss the beef.
Bonus tip: Skip the mess! Wear a pair of plastic gloves and cover your cutting board in plastic wrap while preparing beets.

Looking for more vegetable recipes? Don't miss these:  
Watch On Z Living: Healthy Gourmet, where nutritionist Julie Daniluk and chef Ezra Title join forces and battle between taste and nutrition, helping home cooks create nutritious and tasty meals that can feed a crowd.

Tell us in the comments: What’s your favorite way to enjoy beets?

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