Spotlight Food: Beets

High Quality Home Therapy LLC

To the BEET of Your Heart

As Valentine’s Day approaches, you may be wondering how to incorporate the festive color of red into your meals, and how to healthfully please both your children and your palate.  Beets are your answer!  Beets, known for their signature deep red color, are in the root vegetable family and are very rich in antioxidants and nutrients, specifically potassium, vitamin C, fiber, magnesium, iron and folate.  With benefits of lowering blood pressure, aiding in immunity, decreasing the risk of cancer, lowering inflammation, and helping with pregnancy (folate prevents birth defects), beets are extremely versatile for consumption. Popular ways to prepare beets include roasting, steaming and juicing.

While most people tend to discard the green tops, Lisa Sullivannutritionist at High Quality Home Therapy LLC, who provides services throughout Fairfield County, encourages you to try adding them into your soups or sauce them, just like you would spinach or a similar leafy green vegetable. The green tops are very nutrient dense, and by consuming those as well, you can reap all the benefits that beets have to offer! Sweet in taste, beets tend to turn your hands pink – which is festive, and your child will be sure to laugh!

Katie Deihl, also a nutritionist at High Quality Home Therapy LLC who services patients at our Stamford location (30 Buxton Farm Road, Suite 230) and throughout lower Fairfield County enjoys beets “by spiralizing and blending them along with other spiralized root vegetables.”

This Valentine’s Day, celebrate YOU!  Focus on your heart and your health.  To increase immunity, decrease blood pressure, inflammation and risk of cancer, try adding beets to your diet with this delicious juicing recipe called ABC Juice:

  • 1 green Apple
  • 2 small Beets
  • 3 Carrots

Enjoy both the taste and the nutritional benefits of beets.  Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at High Quality Home Therapy!

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