There’s good reason to make beets a regular part of your diet beyond the fact that they add a big splash of red or yellow color to any dish and also taste great. One cup of raw beets, with around 60 calories, supplies over a third of your daily folate needs and makes a dent in your vitamin C needs. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, folate, or vitamin B9, helps in transforming the food you eat into energy your body can use. It also reduces the chance of neural tube defects in babies when women take it before getting pregnant and in the first trimester. And it works with vitamin B12 to help your body make red blood cells.
So roast or boil, peel, and chill them. Then dice them or slice them and add them to salads. Add and blend them in a fruit smoothie. You don’t even have to cook them—peel, grate, and place them atop a salad as a colorful and tasty garnish. There’s a reason why I have so many recipes with beets—they’re healthy and delicious.