Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

Three reasons that make beets a good choice this winter

Beets at the farmers market

I often get puzzled looks when I ask about beets. Some don’t know what beets are and others find them hard to cook with. Why is beet root a good idea? This vegetable is available almost year round in Canada and it is more versatile than you think!

Healthy Beet Salad with fresh sweet baby spinach, kale lettuce, nuts, feta cheese and toast with melted cheese.

My grandma used to grate them raw in a salad, pickle them and even made a cold soup with them. Roasted mixed in with greens, pieces of cheese and nuts is my favourite way of eating them.

3 reasons that makes beets a great choice for your menu during pregnancy:

Have a look at this tip a staff at a community organization shared with me… she suggested baking beets ahead of time that will keep in your fridge for a few days while adding a roasted flavour to them.

Baked Beets

What you need:

  • Tin foil
  • Olive oil
  • Raw beets with the skin

Putting it all together:

  1. Wash beets under cold water and cut the ends off.
  2. Sprinkle with olive oil and then wrap them together with tin foil, creating a tight seal.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees F for 2 hours or until soft.
  4. Keep them in the fridge wrapped until you are ready to use them.
  5. Peel the skin off, it should come out very easily by pulling it out.

And enjoy!

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Nutrition information

Raw ½ cup (125ml): 31 calories, 0g fat, 0mg cholesterol, 6.8g carbohydrates, 1.4g Fibre, 4.8g sugars, 1g protein, 5.8% DV Vitamin C, Folate 78mcg

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