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how to cook beets

I figured I'd start to post some blogs that address the questions of "how-to" instead of just pure recipes! I know seeing recipes can be overwhelming, so having a little more knowledge and skills behind HOW to start certain dishes is so important!

To start off, we have how to cook beets. I used to HATE beets --- they were always a part of a Thanksgiving dish, but I truly never really realized why. Not only are they ugly, but they are slimy, they stain your hands, they don't really taste SUPER, why we ate them I have no idea. But now that I have gotten more engaged with health, I have come to realize the many benefits of beets, and my taste buds have turned over to be a fan. I now try to incorporate them into my diet as either a snack, an addition to a meal, salad or smoothie, or simply by themselves as a side dish as often as I can!

They have MANY benefits: First, they are extremely high in vitamin-c, fiber, and other essential vitamins and minerals, like potassium and manganese which are crucial for healthy nerve and muscle function, as well as the health of your liver, pancreas and kidneys! They also have many vital nutrients that help to work to lower blood pressure, fight cancer and inflammation, as well as support the detoxification process of your body. So, in a nutshell, they're SO good for you, and need to be added into your diet when your budget and lifestyle allows!! They are super easy to make (and don't be freaked out if your hands get a little red in the process, or your bowel movements are red after having consumed them -- all normal!!) I legit thought I was dying the first time I made them and had to call my mom to make sure I wasn't. The struggle is real sometimes.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 35-40 minutes

Cool Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Serving Size: 4-5 servings


  • Bring a large pot of water to boil on a medium heat

  • When water has boiled, place beets into the water and let them sit to soften for 35-40 minutes (you want to leave them until the skin has become soft enough to peel off)

  • Remove beets from the water, and place immediately into an ice-cold bowl of water

  • Let them cool for 5 minutes

  • Taking the beets and using your hands, scrape off the outer skin (should come off easily!)

  • Chop up the beets into small bite-sized pieces to quickly add to smoothies, salads, etc!

  • Super easy - now go enjoy!



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