Pickled Beets

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Our final beet blog! Some of you are very happy to moving on to a new veggie. I base this on how many times I’ve been asked in the last week - So what’s next month’s vegetable? To wrap up there are just a few more important things to consider when choosing and preparing beets.  First, picking out the best beets. For all those gardeners out there, freshly picked beets will keep for months not washed in the refrigerator.   However if you are going to the store the best beets to pick are usually those with the leafy greens still attached. This is a sure sign of freshness. Make sure not to throw away those fresh leaf greens! They are great to add raw to a salad or saute or…
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Beet Hash

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I’m not going to lie this month has been a little rough to blog about and to eat so many beets. However, researching beets and learning about their health benefits has motivated me to add them into our diet. To continue this learning process today we look at the pigment in beets called betalain. Which is named after the red beet (beta vulgaris) Here is what betalain can potential help with: Inflammation: All studies stated that this needs to be further researched, however, what has been found so far has been promising. For example, one study looked at using betalain-rich beet concentrate to reduce pain for individuals with knee pain. It showed that the individuals had reduced pain while taking the supplement. (2) Other studies have found betalains to have…
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Beet juice

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One way that I have enjoyed beets in the past has been in my green juice. Now I’m not a regular green juice drinker but when I do I find that beets add a unique flavor. I especially like green juice if I feel a cold coming on but sometimes it helps just add a little energy to my day. When I started to research beets I discovered that beet juice is very popular in health studies. This is due to the high amount of nitrates in beets. (Not to be confused with nitrites that are often added to bacon an hot dogs.) Nitrates when ingested from natural food source such as beets and spinach convert into nitric acid which in turn helps to widen and relax blood vessels.  This…
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Easy Beet Salad

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Have you ever had that moment when you buy a car and you think “What a great car? I have not seen this type of car anywhere.”  Then as you start to drive your new car you realize that your new car is literally everywhere. This is how it was for me when I started to research Beets. Beet products are everywhere. Beet chips, pre cooked beets, pickled beets, frozen beets, canned beets! EVERYWHERE! Having not been exposed to beets growing up I just tend to look over them whenever I am shopping or looking for a new recipe. I have never taken the time to become fond of them. When out to eat if beets are listed in the ingredients I immediately move on to the next option. In…
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