Like many of you, my childhood included a lot of home-cooked meals, and my mother tried very hard to make sure we ate our vegetables at every dinner. During that time, the common procedure with vegetables was to boil, pickle, steam, nuke, fry, or simply un-can, then add some butter and salt. I remember, with my sensitive, child taste buds, trying certain vegetables and swearing never to bring such torture upon myself ever again. Veggies like cabbage, Brussel sprouts, spinach, artichokes, Lima beans, and beets. Any of these making you shudder? Like my mother, I too want myself to be healthy and strong, and know that in this pursuit it’s inevitable to avoid eating vegetables. For a while it was incredibly hard to get over my first impressions. Why on earth would I try cabbage again? Or beets? Oh, they’re incredibly good for you? Shoot. My childhood gag reflex battles with my quest for health. But, I gave in, and gave some recipes I found a try, and as this story has a happy ending, I ultimately discovered that the vegetables of my past don’t have to be the vegetables of my future.
There are some really awesome ways to get your dose of veggie-nutrients without having to hold your nose as you swallow. Thankfully, when it comes to vegetables, most are so mild in flavor it puts you in charge of their taste! And if they don’t, there is an army of recipes out there explaining just how to make their taste rock, or at least disappear! Beets, for instance, are a vegetable that’s too nutritious to ignore. There’s a whole host of reasons for you and your family to eat beets. They’re anti-inflammatory, cancer-fighting, detoxifying, and chock full of antioxidants. They contain the same ingredients as some medication; meaning they are natural mild anti-depressant and hormone stimulants. They help prevent blood clots, and are a great source of fiber, iron, and vitamin C. There are rumors that claim beets are behind those Europeans who live past a hundred. Need I say more? To help you embrace a new, healthy ingredient to your family’s diet, here are 10 Yummy Recipes for Beets that may change your – and your kids’ – mind(s) about beets. Just click the link provided for each recipe to visit that site and find the full recipe.
10 Yummy Recipes for Beets- Beet Recipes Even Kids Will Eat!
You can find the recipe for Berry Beet Smoothie in the collage above at Babble.
Beets for Breakfast –
1. Red Beet Vitamix Smoothie
This first one is a classic for this era. When before have we ever been so smoothie-psycho? Well, we are for good reason and this smoothie might even boost that. A smoothie recipe using beets AND is tasty enough for kids! If it’s tasty enough for kids, then it’s tasty enough for me.
2. Red Velvet Beet Pancakes
It’s hard to say no to pancakes. Luckily, there are ways to make them mostly guilt-free and even healthy so you won’t have to say “no” any more and indulge with a breakfast turned pink.
Beets for Lunch –
3. Penne Pasta in Beet Sauce
Beet sauce makes for pretty pink pasta. What a fun way to eat a healthy meal!
4. Caramelized Onion and Beet Soup
Want something light for lunch?
Check out this Caramelized Onion and Beet Soup recipe, perfect for those coming chilly days and nights. The soup will warm both your body and your mind with your knowledge of its great benefits. And it makes such a pretty color.
Beets for Dinner –
5. Quarter Pounder Beet Burgers
Try making for your evening meal these delicious Beet Burgers! This recipe uses frozen veggie burgers and beets to make a delicious and healthy meal.
6. Hearty Beet Burgers
Here’s another beet burger recipe…because if there’s a way to make a more healthy burger, then bring it on…
Beets for a Snack –
7. Beet Chips
Everything comes in chip form these days; spinach, kale, sweet potatoes. Why not beets? Beet chips, a super-food snack for when you’re feeling munchy.
8. Beet Cheddar Crackers with Flax Seed
These yummy crackers are palatable for kids and adults alike, and are a great fun to make with your little ones, with pulling out the cookie cutters and such!
Beets for Dessert –
9. Fudgy Vegan Double Chocolate Vegan Beet Muffins
Why not end your day on an awesome note? These Vegan Chocolate Beet Muffins are sure to turn any day around.
10. Beet Fudgecicles
If those muffins don’t lick your after-dinner sweet tooth, then you should definitely try these Beet Fudgecicles!
Which one of these recipes for beets will you try? Do you have any favorite beet recipes?
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