Stay Healthy With Beet Chips
Shared by Dr. Bryan Stephens
Stay Healthy With Beets
Growing up, I never really ate beets. My mom wasn’t a big fan, so it was just something that wasn’t really pushed or introduced to me until later. It got to a point where I just assumed I didn’t even like them. It turns out that wasn’t the case. I think the first time I even tried them was when I was in chiropractic school when a friend offered one to me. Hungry students don’t usually pass on free food and I certainly accepted. It was pretty good. Enough so that I added it to my salads and eventually green smoothies. I only recently started branching out and cooking them after a wonderful patient brought me an entire box of beets, onions, squash, and radishes she had grown herself.
I think beets have gotten a bad reputation over the years and I couldn’t tell you why. They have a sweet, yet earthy taste and are packed with nutrients such as iron and fiber. The amount of iron is critical as anemia, low blood iron, affects nearly 40% of children and 30% of women globally. In fact, I have recommended them to patients who find themselves low on iron or are anemic. It is more easily absorbed than a supplement since it is in a whole food and it is easier on the stomach too! One of the easiest ways to add some into your diet is by putting a chunk into your green smoothies. Just be aware that the smoothie doesn’t stay very green once beets are added. I’ve recently been making them into chips at home as a savory snack. Some oil, some salt, some pepper and voila! I found them easy to make and quite delicious. The only problem is that I find they disappear quickly and I have to cook them frequently. In the words of Dr. Seuss, “You don’t like them, so you say. Try them, try them and you may.”
WHO Global Anaemia estimates, 2021 Edition. https://www.who.int/data/gho/data/themes/topics/anaemia_in_women_and_children
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp pepper
- Avocado oil
Thinly slice beets and toss them in a bowl with the oil, salt and pepper. Arrange them on a cooking sheet in a single layer. Bake them for 45 minutes at 400o. Let cool and enjoy.
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