Many people are opinionated when it comes to beets. And whether you love 'em, or hate ‘em, beets have made a comeback. No, we’re not talking about the kind of canned beets your parents would force you to eat before leaving the dinner table. We’re talking about beets in ways you couldn’t imagine:
- dehydrated for snack
- juiced for endurance athletes
- roasted and paired with a farrow salad, homemade vinaigrette and topped with feta cheese.
Sound familiar? Well, that’s because this dish was served at the Vera Bradley Breast Cancer Awareness Event this past Friday, where we made hundreds of samples for guests to try, and you may have found a sample or two in your GAINZ orders this past week. Now, our GAINZ Beet and Farrow Salad is ON THE MENU for ORDERING this week and available to you! This beautifully, pink-hued dish converted non-believers into beet believers. Who can blame them? These beets are a powerhouse food, filled with important vitamins and minerals. Plus, if you're anything like the beloved Dwight Schrute from The Office, you’d know that beets should always hold a special place in ones’ heart.
Here are some reasons why we believe beets are the best:
Blood Pressure: Many food are best eaten whole in order to get the most nutrients and fiber. However, juicing is the best option in order to maximize blood pressure benefits. This is due to the phytonutrients (plant chemicals) which will lower your blood pressure. How much, you ask? About a cup to two cups per day have been shown to have a significant effect in lowering blood pressure.
Endurance: Beets are packed with nitrates which are converted into to nitric oxide. This is a molecule that enhances blood vessel dilation, increases the capacity of blood flow and decreasing the amount of oxygen your muscles need. Your body is then able to use the oxygen more efficiently, and athletes are able to have more endurance and be more powerful.
Inflammation: The average person’s diet is filled with processed foods, causing inflammation. Chronic inflammation is linked to diseases such as obesity, heart disease and cancer. The pigment in beets contain betalain which display antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Digestive Health: Fiber is important for the gut to work properly and help with constipation and may be protective against conditions such as diverticulitis and GERD. Beets provide 3.8grams in each cup.
Weight Loss: Beets are not only loaded with vitamins, and minerals but they only contain 59 calories per cup. As noted above, each cup contains 3.8 grams per cup. Fiber will help you feel full and satisfied which will help in your weight loss goals.
Versatile and Easy to Use: These mighty powerhouses can be used in so many different ways. You can roast, juice, use for natural dyes, puree, or even make a dessert by added dark chocolate.
Now that you’ve read all of these fact, we can all be a little bit more like Dwight Schrute and incorporate beets into our daily lives. Let any fear or intimidation about beets out the door and start incorporating them into your meals.
*Please note: It is always important to consult with your primary care doctor before making any changes to your diet.