I love fresh roasted beets. Fun fact, when I was pregnant with my son, I had to have a fresh green salad every day with beets, peas, chickpeas, and sesame seeds in it. Seriously, I could eat them like candy, they are so good! Some people think beets taste like dirt, but my response to that is that they just have not tried the right beets. I’m not talking about those beets you get in a can or vacuum-sealed package from the grocery store….they are not the “real deal”. Nope. Beets found at the grocery are plain old boring boiled beets. These Healthy Cumin Roasted Beets, on the other hand, are the real deal. Farm fresh beets, slow-roasted in avocado oil to bring out their earthy sweetness, and dusted with smoky cumin to add just the right amount of heat. A bite of these and you will never look at beets the same way again.
Beets do not get the credit they deserve. Not only are they low fat, low in calories, and high in fiber, they are jam-packed with vitamins and minerals such as Vitamins A, B2 and B6, and C, Potassium, Manganese, and Folic Acid. They also contain betalains, which are powerful antioxidants that fight inflammation and cancer, and dietary nitrates, which help increase blood flow and get oxygen to vital organs such as your brain. I think beets are pretty super but many dietitians actually consider beets to be one of the world’s best superfoods!
Beets were first used in ancient Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cooking, but today they are a staple in recipes around the world. Juiced in soups (borscht from Russia), layered on burgers (Australia), or chopped into a salad (Eastern European), beets add a touch of earthy sweetness to any dish. I love beets in almost anything. One of my favorite ways to use beets is in the sweet and spicy red horseradish my Polish family makes with beets and horseradish root.
Not to be outdone, cumin has several health benefits of its own. Native to Asia and the middle east, cumin seeds have been dried and ground into spice for thousands of years. Rich in antioxidants, protein, and Vitamin E, cumin is known to keep bad cholesterol at bay, lower blood sugar, and improve digestion. It is also packed with iron, has antibiotic properties, and helps fight inflammation.
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