Whenever I go to the market, I am delighted to see the beets with their long leaves still attached! Why? Because they are packed with nutrients and can be used in a variety of ways! Just a heads up that beet greens do contain a lot of oxalates, so if you have kidney or gallbladder issues, it might be best to steer clear from these greens!
We all know that it is important to include a variety of plant-based foods into our daily diets. These are the types of foods that help us feel energized, promote good digestion, boost our moods, and help us sleep at night. But what happens if you are just too busy to eat these types of foods? It can take a lot of time to prep them and get them ready for your meal! That’s why I am loving the line of steamed foods from Melissa’s Produce. These products make it easy to incorporate a variety of nutrient-dense veggies, nuts, and beans into your daily diet!
I recently had the pleasure of trying out Melissa’s Peeled and Steamed Beets, Steamed Artichoke Hearts, and Peeled and Steamed Garbanzo Beans. I used all of these products in a delicious salad recipe, which I’ve included below this post. What I love about these products is the fact that they are all ready-to-eat! You just open up the packaging and you are good to go. All of the products I used in this recipe are non-gmo and free from any chemical preservatives or additives. Best of all? They taste fresh and delicious. The garbanzo beans are packed with protein, iron, and folate. The beets are wonderful for giving the body a boost of vitamins A and C while the artichoke hearts are a great source of fiber.
Learn more about this line of products by visiting www.melissas.com and be sure to give this recipe a try!
Quinoa Beet Salad
- 1 cup cooked quinoa
- 2 Melissa’s Produce Peeled and Steamed Beets, cut into bite-sized pieces
- 1/4 cup Melissa’s Produce Peeled and Steamed Garbanzo Beans
- 1/4 cup Melissa’s Produce Steamed Artichoke Hearts
- 1 cup cooked organic, cage-free chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
- 1/4 cup fresh tomatoes, cut into bite-sized pieces
- 1/3 cup sweet corn kernels
- 1 zucchini, cut into bite-sized pieces
- 1/3 cup melted coconut oil
- 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar or liquid aminos
- 1 Tbsp raw honey
- 2 garlic cloves, diced
- 1 Tbsp oregano
- Sea salt and pepper
Directions: In a large salad bowl, add all of the salad ingredients and toss until well mixed. In a smaller bowl, add all the dressing ingredients. Mix the dressing together using a fork and then drizzle the dressing on the salad ingredients. Toss the salad to ensure the dressing is evenly coating the ingredients.
I just love beets and I can’t get enough of them! Not only do beets taste amazing, they are loaded with nutrients that promote optimal health. Beets are loaded with folate, manganese, potassium, and dietary fiber. They are also a good source of vitamin C, iron, magnesium, and copper. The vibrant red pigment found in beets can provide powerful antioxidant protection, promoting a strong immune system. Beets are also great for promoting a healthy heart due to it’s fiber and vitamin content. The ancient Romans were the first to cultivate beets for food and the tribes that invaded Rome were responsible for introducing them to Northern Europe. Beets are a two-in-one-vegetable as you can eat both the roots and leaves. Proper preparation of beets is the key to getting the most nutrients out of them. You can enjoy them by either steaming or roasting them along side your favorite entrée.
DID YOU KNOW:
– There are 74 calories in one cup of beets and 39 calories in one cup of beet greens.
– Beet phytonutrient pigments have been found to prevent the oxidation of LDL, which is one of the initiating steps in development of atherosclerosis.
If you love beets, you will really enjoy this juice! It requires only three ingredients and it is delicious and nutritious. Did you know that beets are a great food for your heart? The heart-healthy nutrients found in beets include folate, potassium, magnesium, and vitamin C. Red beets contain a phytonutrient called betacyanin, which provides extra nutrition not found in yellow or rainbow-colored beets. Apples are a great source of antioxidants to keep your immune system strong and celery is high in potassium and calcium which makes it a good food for promoting healthy bones. Give this juice a try today!
Easy Apple Beet Juice
- 2-3 beets
- 1 apple
- 3 sticks of celery
Add all ingredients to your juicer machine and process until smoothie. Pour into a glass and serve. Enjoy!
I love beets and I try to include them into my diet as often as possible. Did you know that you can include beet greens (the leafy part of the beet) in your morning juice for a boost of nutrients? Beet greens are a rich source of lutein and zeaxanthin, important nutrients for health vision. This juice combination is also fantastic for boosting immunity. It’s not for the faint of heart so if you are a picky eater or only like fruity juices, this one may not be for you. If you are brave enough to give it a go, you will be amazed at how great this juice will make you feel!
Spicy Beet Green Juice
- 2-3 beets, with green tops intact
- 1/4 inch piece of ginger root
- 2 apples
- 1 clove garlic
- 2 celery stalks
- 1 chile pepper