Beet it. Just beet it. No one wants to be defeated!
Beets are incredibly nutritionally sound. Whether you enjoy them steamed, roasted, shredded, or juiced, you will benefit from them. High in potassium, magnesium, A, B, and C, beets are a great staple to add to your diet. For women in particular, they help with maintaining iron, and folic acid levels. Both the beet and the beet greens are beneficial for helping reduce cancer cells, used as a natural energy source, and even said to be a source for increasing your immune system.
While preparing meals for my family, I try to think ahead and determine how I can use every bit of an item. So much gets thrown away in most homes and restaurants; things that can provide substance and another meal.
So when I blanched some beets the other evening, I saved the brilliant red water for two reasons. One, as a refreshing iced drink on the 90 degree 4th of July afternoon, and to also prepare beet based popsicles for my kiddos. My youngest, Matilda, helped to prepare these. I’m a huge advocate of allowing children to help prepare meals, and snacks so they become more interested in food and take part in creating something delicious that they want to taste just out of being proud they were able to get creative making it.
Matilda and her sisters devoured these, exclaiming “These are SO good!”
Matilda’s Beet Popsicles:
2 cups blanched beet juice water, chilled
1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk
1 heaping cup of fresh blueberries
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
6 leaves peppermint
1/8 cup maple syrup
Place all ingredients into a blender, and blend until completely smooth. Transfer into popsicle makers, and then freeze overnight.