Just Beet It! | Veggiecation© a Culinary-Nutrition Education Program About Vegetables
Thursday, 10 January 2013 19:00

Just Beet It!

The sweet beet is hard to beat! If you like antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, and could detoxify yourself, you might as well enjoy the flavors and health from this wonderful root veggie! The deep purples come from very powerful phytonutrients called betalains. A few scientific studies found these phytonutrients to be beneficial at restricting tumor cell growth, when we say colors matter, we mean it! Though these nutrients come in high amounts in beets, you must be careful not to overcook them, you'll lose many of their heath benefits. So do your best to steam beets no longer than 15 minutes, if roasting, less than 60 minutes.

This in season superfood can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. To obtain the greatest amount of it's nutrients, enjoy raw, you won't believe how sweet beet juice can be! If you prefer them cooked, remember not to overcook. When purchasing beets, think hard, well you don't have to think too hard, but do select the hardest beet you can find! Whether eating raw, steamed, or roasted, scrub the outside with a strong veggie brush or use a peeler, this will tame down, even rid, the earthy flavors.


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