It is no coincidence that beet greens resemble rich and healthy veins. Among their many benefits beets build efficiency in your circulatory system and are good for your heart. My father recently experienced open heart surgery and I was drawn to cook them one night for him after surgery. As we were cleaning the leaves the connection of heart and health was right there in front of our eyes.
This experience was a reminder to trust my instincts when grocery shopping. If I am present to my sense of smell and sight when shopping I can actually hear my body telling me what it wants : )
Don’t forget the beet leaves when cooking too. Often at local markets farmers will sell only the beets and discard the leaves. You can get the leaves for free if you just ask!
A few ways I like to eat them:
- steamed and garnished with apple vinegar
- sautéed lightly with your peeled beet roots, then garnished with lemon and goat cheese
- slightly wilted and added to a salad
“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”
― Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto