Why Do You Want to Eat a Beet?
To eat a beet is to give yourself a sweet and nutritious treat. In addition to fiber, vitamins and minerals, the beet is a unique source of betalins, a phytonutrient with antioxidant properties. For someone with systemic inflammation like I have with my rheumatoid arthritis (RA), this is all good news!
What I choose to eat is an important piece to my anti-inflammatory lifestyle. I’ve experienced the benefits of limiting processed foods, carbohydrates and sugar. Even before my formal diagnosis, I made these changes to my diet with noticeable improvement in how I felt almost immediately. Enough so to give me encouragement to keep it up. My theory is to give my body the best chance to fight the inflammation and prevent further inflammation by limiting foods that can potentially cause inflammation.
“Medications alone aren’t enough. I manage my RA with my *FRESH* lifestyle.”
I aim for eating a variety of fruits and vegetables, fatty fish, lean meats and poultry, nuts and seeds. This week I roasted beets to add vibrant color, an earthy taste and interesting texture to my salad. The main reason I like to eat a beet is for the nutrition it provides. Here are some of the nutrients in a beet:
- vitamin C
- vitamin B-6
- phytonutrients contained in the beet.
I try to eat a green salad at least 5 times a week because I have found I simply feel and think better if I do so. When I see a pattern in how I feel when I eat certain foods, I take notice. Eating green salads with different toppings and dressings are a great example of eating what makes me feel good. By changing up what I add to my greens, I don’t tire of the goodness the ingredients offer. The beets can be diced or sliced for a beautiful presentation. I love the rings exposed in a sliced beet. It adds interest to the salad.
Some of my favorite things to put with the beets and greens are candied pecans, goat cheese, orange slices, blue cheese, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and pomegranate seeds. I dress it with simple vinegar and oil, then grind some salt and pepper to top it. Yum!
Here is how I roasted the beets, which came out of my husbands organic garden.
- Wash the beets to remove any dirt on them
- rub olive oil on the beets
- place in a dutch oven so they do not touch each other
- roast at 375 degrees turning the beets every 20 minutes until done
- do not over bake
- let cool a bit
- remove peel ( I do this with my hands, but they do end up purple! )
You want to eat a beet because of the nutrients they contain, in particular the phytonutrients that have antioxidant properties to help the body help itself. A healthy diet will nourish the cells in our body to be able to do their job. I believe that helps the body to best fight the inflammation.
And that is using Arthritis Wisdom!