If You Can't Beet 'Em....

I love sharing new discoveries that make meal prep easier and healthier. I made just such a discovery the other day that I have to share.  Beets are one of those veggies that I love having in salads. Those beautiful red roots are high in vitamin C (great for your immune system ), fiber, potassium (your nervous system and muscles will thank you) and manganese (good for bones, kidneys, pancreas and liver health).  Beets have many nutritional benefits and have that little bit of sweet we sometimes crave too.  


The only "downside" to beets, in my opinion, is the preparation time.  When you are coming home from work, the time to prepare beets probably does not fit into your already crammed list of things to do.  However, I found something that just might help get beets easily into your diet.  While shopping in Costco the other day, I came across organic beets, already cooked and peeled and in a box.  Who knew?  And amazingly enough the only ingredient is (drum roll please):  BEETS!

I decided to take the plunge and give them a try.  The box contains three pouches with at least 4 beets per pouch.  The other night I simply opened a pouch, sliced two of the beets and tossed them into a salad.  I put the other beets in the refrigerator for another night and another recipe. They tasted fresh, had great texture and made my meal prep easier without adding any unhealthy ingredients.


Embracing clean eating by minimizing processed foods is all about balance.  Yes these "beets in a box" are not quite the same as buying fresh beets and roasting them myself.  But if it helps me to get beets into my diet more often, then using this minimally processed organic option is the right choice for now.

On another day when I have more time in the kitchen, I'll buy some fresh organic beets and enjoy the time to focus on slow meal preparation. My spirit will benefit from the experience of preparing my own meal with the simplest of ingredients, and my body will benefit from the nutritional gifts contained in this wonderful treat from nature.  Until that day, however, I will make choices that allow me to make healthy, simple meals without stress.  Now that's a win-win situation!


What are some ways you can simplify your eating and meal preparation?  Share your thoughts below or contact me to continue the conversation!

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017 4:35 pm
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Thanks for the Costco tip. I will have to check them out. I found "beets in a box" in Trader Joe's but I am not sure they are organic.
Laurie Niestrath MEd
Monday, January 30, 2017 8:39 pm
Laurie Niestrath MEd
Beets in a box...what an interesting concept. I love beets and rarely find anyone else who loves them as much as I do. Your idea is a great one that I'll try. Cooking fresh beets is certainly an adventure in cleaning one's sinuses! Clean eating is worth the time when considering all of the additives and preservatives found in packaged food.