Not only are beets super nutritious, but you get two vegetables in one! The beet tops are very similar to Swiss chard and can be used in any recipe calling for a dark, leafy green vegetable.
1. Rich in Vitamin K
- Beet greens have been found to contain large amounts of vitamin K.
- Vitamin K is an important element that aids in blood clotting.
- Studdies are showing that the health benefits of vitamin K extend beyond its blood clotting properties.
- There is now a possibility that vitamin K might play a role in fighting diseases that afflict the elderly, such as Alzheimer’s disease.
- If you suffer from osteoporosis or would like to minimize your chance of developing this disease then you should also make vitamin K a part of your diet.
- Vitamin K works alongside calcium to boost the strength in your bones.
- If you suffer from pregnancy symptoms like morning sickness then this vitamin can also provide some relief.
- You can also consume vitamin K if you experience excessive bleeding during your monthly period.
2. Improves Vision
- Vitamin A is another vitamin that can be found in large amounts in beet greens.
- Vitamin A brings a wide range of health benefits to the body.
- One of these benefits is the maintenance of good vision.
3. Boosts Immune System Against Infections and Cancer
- Another health benefit of vitamin A is that it strengthens your immune system.
- Vitamin A stimulates antibodies and white blood cells so you are better protected against infections.
- Vitamin A can play a role in cancer prevention.
If you regularly consume vitamin A-rich plants like beet greens, you are at less risk of developing cancer than if you get your vitamin A from animal products.
- If you’re pregnant, vitamin A also helps in embryonic development.
- A vitamin A compound, beta-carotene, is also a known antioxidant that can fight the effects of free radicals in the body. Aside from causing signs of aging, free radicals also contribute to cancer and heart disease.
Preparing Beet Greens
- The next time beets are in your CSA box, remember not to throw the green leaves away.
- Beet greens make a great side dish or a main meal on their own.
- Start by washing the beet greens twice using cold water.
- Drain and remove any large stems.
- Chop the greens into small, bite-sized pieces.
- In a separate skillet or saucepan saute onion and garlic.
- Add some water, red pepper and coconut sugar (or other sugar).
- Wait for the mixture to boil before adding the bite-sized beet greens.
- Stir well so that the mixture coats the greens.
- Cook until beet greens are tender then add some vinegar.