Traditionally, beets are roasted or boiled whole, leaving them with a dense texture and intense flavor, which is typically too much for the highly sensitive appetites of children who have many more taste buds than the mature mouths of adults.
My first exposure to beets was when I was in my twenties at a restaurant in New York City where the entree I ordered was served with beets artistically placed on top of the fish. The beets were surprisingly delicious and perfectly complimented the flavor of the fish. Then, I kind of forgot about them until a few years ago when I started cooking beets, including sautéing the beet greens as a side dish. The greens are as delicious as the beets themselves – so don’t throw them away! One of my experiments lead to me to realize that my favorite way to eat beets is raw shredded in salads (the greens can also be eaten in salads), which is a completely different experience than eating a sliced boiled or roasted beet.
Beets come in several different varieties, red, golden, and pink candy cane striped (that’s what I call them anyway!). I love to try the different colors, using them in salads or dicing and roasting them to serve with fish, lentils or with other vegetables. Beets are in season from June through October – so now is the perfect time to try them out!
Check out some of my favorite summer beet recipes and feel free to share yours as well by writing in the comment window at the end of the article:
Besides that beets add an explosion of flavor to any meal, beets also support detoxification, have anti-inflammatory benefits, and are full of anti-oxidants and nutrients that help protect against heart disease and colon cancer. Although beets offer a full spectrum of health benefits, they are also high in sugar. So, if you are trying to eat less processed sugar, the natural sugars in beets can help satisfy those sweet tooth cravings.
But if you are watching your blood sugar, or are insulin resistant, you may not want to eat beets. Since bacteria, parasites and yeast feed off sugar, even natural sugars, anyone with candida, dysbiosis, or yeast overgrowth, may also want to avoid eating beets (and all sugars) so you don’t worsen those gut imbalances or trigger skin reactions like reddening of ears, cheeks or itchy skin. Good news is once you have healed your gut, those reactions go away and foods like beets can be eaten with no reaction. Want to know more? Contact me, I’d be happy to talk to you