“The beet is the most intense of vegetables. The radish, admittedly, is more feverish, but the fire of the radish is a cold fire, the fire of discontent, not of passion. Tomatoes are lusty enough, yet there runs through tomatoes an undercurrent of frivolity. Beets are deadly serious”
- Tom Robbins, Jitterbug Perfume
As their color suggests, beets are a blood tonic and so are good for anemia, the heart and circulation. They purify the blood, alleviate constipation and aid the liver. Energetically, beets are a grounding vegetable, meaning that their earthy roots can be felt as a stabilizing mineral rich force in the body. I like to use them a few different ways - as a liver cleanse I’ll grate some raw and add to a salad. For a great afternoon snack or side I’ll make beet chips, which are both savory & sweet.
EASY BEET CHIPS
Serves 2-3 People
1 1/2 - 2 tbsp Coconut Oil (enough to lightly coat)
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Paprika
1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
Dash of Cayenne
1) Heat oven to 375, slice 2-3 beets thinly. If you have a mandolin, feel free to use!
2) Toss with melted coconut oil and spice blend. Use the spice blend liberally - you may have some extra. Save for another time!
3) Place on a baking sheet and roast for about 15-20 min per side. Some of the thinner little ones will crisp up right away, so I usually hang out in the kitchen while these guys are cooking.