I must say I LOVE picked beets. I will admit it is an acquired taste and either you like them or you hate them. I probably hated them as a child, but grew to love them as an adult.
I love to put raw beets in my salad, not only for their beautiful color and crisp, crunchy texture, but for their benefits as well.
Listed below are 6 benefits of beets:
- They say that beets are Nature’s natural Viagra. Beets contain boron which is related to the production of sex hormones
- Beets are high in vitamins and minerals – Potassium, magnesium, fiber, phosphorus, iron; vitamins A, B & C; beta-carotene, beta-cyanine; folic acid
- Beets cleanse the body and detox the liver. It actually turns your poop red! How many beet/poop scares have sent people running to their doctor? Notice how doctors tell you NOT to eat beets if you’re having a colonoscopy?
- Beets can help with mental health. They contain tryptophan (the same ingredient found in Turkey) which relaxes the mind and can help you fall asleep.
- This is my absolute favorite benefit of beets and one of the main reason why I LOVE THEM! Beets act as a barometer to measure stomach acid! If you eat beets and your urine comes out clear, most likely you have a lot of acid in your stomach. If you pee pink — then you are free of stomach acid. How cool is that!?
- Beets are a great source of energy . . . low in calories and has the right kind of sugar that digest slowly in you system.
Most pickled beets on your store shelves have been cooked in one way or another (steamed, boiled, etc.). I needed to come up with a flavorful way to pickle my beets so that I get the flavor I want with the pickled beet texture. So this is what I came up with! And it’s so simple!!! This recipe calls for 1 beet because I was experimenting with the recipe. Going forward I will use more.
Raw Pickled Beets
Beets peeled and sliced. I used a knife. You can use a slicer or a mandolin if you have.
Juice from 2 medium sized oranges
2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
Put in a container and give it a good week to marinate. I started eating them earlier than a week so they had a lot of crunch — but I eat raw beets anyway. The added flavor of the oranges and apple cider vinegar was fabulous!
The longer they marinate the softer they get, yet still have a little crunch and bite to them!
I like using RAW beets in smoothies, juices (great with apples and carrots) and in my salads. They add another flavor note to the hierarchy of flavors I use in my salads. I love eating the colors of the rainbow and I do enjoy a very colorful salad. It makes me feel as if I’m eating healthy and every ingredient in there is doing something wonderful for my body, mind and spirit!! I also enjoy beet greens, but I mostly will use those in my smoothies.
So whether you like beets or not, or feel as if you need to start incorporating them more into your daily diet, this is a great way to start — a simple, fast recipe!!