Roasted Beets with Garlic

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Beets Are A Superfood With Good Reason!

Did you know that eating beets can actually help protect against age-related diseases?

It’s true! This is because beets contain a high amount of betalain (also responsible for their wonderful red pigment). According to an article published in “Food Research International” in July 2011, betalains protect fats against oxidative damage.  And it is well known that oxidative damage/stress is a major contributor to age-related health conditions and diseases, including:

  • Atherosclerosis
  • Heart Disease
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer

Additionally, betalains have anti-inflammatory properties which can help to ease many types of chronic pain conditions and syndromes.

Now all of that is pretty impressive, but the best reason to make beets part of a healthy meal is that they are delicious! Here is a colorful and easy recipe that can be appreciated both for its flavor and health benefits!

Recipe – Roasted Beets with Garlic

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 15-20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4 Large Beets, peeled and sliced
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 bulb of garlic (about 10-15 cloves)
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste

Options:

  • Instead of garlic, try 1 ½ teaspoons dried tarragon or 1 tablespoon fresh tarragon chopped

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Place sliced beets, olive oil, and garlic (tarragon) in a bowl and toss until beets are coated.
  3. Place beets on a baking sheet and sprinkle with sea salt and pepper.
  4. Roast in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until tender.

Serves 4

And Remember…Always Organic!

Susan Hartman

Susan is a lawyer, Pilates instructor and passionate advocate of natural wellness. In 2006 she began exploring various nutritional and movement therapies, meditation and other alternative means of healing in an attempt to naturally relieve hormonal imbalances, eczema and back and joint pain. After much research and trial and error, she found a personal regimen that not only alleviated her symptoms, but that also left her with a new found sense of overall health and wellness. During this period of exploration, she was introduced to Pilates and was surprised by how quickly she began to feel and see positive results in her body. She loves how Pilates emphasizes body awareness and the connection of breath to movement, and she believes it can bring about lifelong health benefits including stress relief and improved strength, flexibility, balance and coordination.

Today Susan strives to promote the importance of regular exercise, a clean whole foods diet, compassion for self and others, and a curious attitude, all as a means to maintaining vitality and living a balanced and centered life. When she is not practicing law or teaching Pilates, she can be found hiking or biking in the woods, soaking up the sun atop her paddleboard, engaged in a yoga or group fitness class, or immersed in a book or classic movie.