This week at Goodness Me!, we are celebrating two of our favourite vegetables: carrots and beets. Read on to find out why they should be your favourite, too, the amazing health benefits of them, and how to include them in your next recipe!
Did you know carrots were first grown as medicine for a variety of ailments? Or that while the orange ones are most popular, carrots can also be white, yellow, red, and purpose? (These multicoloured carrots make for a fun and delicious roasted veggie medley!) But what about their health benefits? Check out these 5 things carrots have to offer you!
One of our favourite ways to enjoy carrots is in side dishes, like our yummy and easy Maple Roasted Carrots. With just 4 ingredients that you probably already have at home, including maple syrup, butter, rosemary, and carrots, you can whip this recipe up quickly—but your taste buds will think it was a professionally crafted dish! Get the recipe here. We also love carrots in soup, like our Carrot Quinoa Soup with Goat Cheese. With quinoa as a complete protein source and a number of fresh veggies, this is the perfect soup to keep you warm on fall nights. Check it out here!
Now, onto beets. In many cultures, people believe that if a man and woman eat from the same beet, they’ll fall in love. We believe that if anyone eats a beet, they’ll fall in love—with beets! We love them for so many reasons, and you should too.
Of course, it's always best to choose organic beets and carrots (and all produce) to ensure you are getting the highest amount of nutrients, minerals, and vitamins they can offer. Vegetables that are conventionally farmed are sprayed with pesticides, chemicals, and grown on nutritionally-depleted soil. With organic farming, you can be sure your produce will be free of GMOs, dangerous pesticides and artificial chemicals -- and they have practices to make sure their soil is as nutrient-rich and healthy as possible. Taste the difference!
If you’ve never cooked with beets before, we’re here to give you some delish ways to try them! An easy recipe is our Balsamic Roasted Beets – a perfect fall side dish. With Three Farmers Camelina Oil for healthy fats and seasoned to perfection, you’ll want to make this part of your regular recipe routine. Beets also make a delicious addition to salads, such as in our Beet Salad with Goat Cheese and Walnuts—which is just as yummy and decadent as it sounds. Check out the recipe here. Lastly, did you know you can use beets in desserts? Try making our Spiced Beet Cake – the perfect fall dessert. Made with spelt flour, beets, and seasonal spices like ginger and cinnamon, this cake just might disappear before you have a chance to let it cool. Get the recipe here!
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