- 1 Facts About Beets
- 2 Facts About Beet Greens
- 2.1 Iron
- 2.2 Magnesium and Calcium
- 2.3 Calories
- 2.4 Taste
- 2.5 How to Choose the Best Beet Leaves
- 3 All About Beet Juice
- 4 Green Beet Juice Recipe
- 5 Conclusion
Many people have eaten beets at one time or another, but it’s not as common to eat the leafy beet greens that grow above the more familiar beetroots.
Did you know you could even go about juicing beet greens?
There’s likely a whole lot you don’t know about the little-known green!
Before we get ahead of ourselves, what do you know about beets? Test your knowledge against what we have listed for you below.
What color are beets?
The most common type of beets is Red Beets. As you can guess from the name, these beets are red colored.
However, red beets aren’t the only variety of beet.
There are also Golden Beets, which are yellow in color.
Striped beets is another type of beet that looks reddish on the outside, but this kind is striped on the inside. It looks like a candy cane when you cut it!
Cylindra beets look like burgundy carrots.
Mangel-wurzel Beets look like yellowish fat carrots.
Sugar beets look like white fat carrots.
You can get all sorts of colored beets!
Before you run off to eat a bunch of beets, you should know what beets can do to you!
Beets can give you a great many benefits, but they can also make things happen you might not expect.
You may have heard a rumor or two about what the color can do.
Does beet juice make your poop red?
Can beets turn your urine red?
If you’re eating a red variety of beet, then yes! What your body gets rid of is made up of what you eat and drink. Beets give off such a strong color that it can affect your stool and urine.
Other than the stranger side effects of beets, they can truly benefit your body.
You can think of them as pink vitamins. Or…yellow, or red or some other color depending on the type of beet!
They are an excellent supply of folate, magnesium, nitrate, fiber, choline, vitamin A, and more!
As I mentioned, there’s more to beets than just the root of the beet.
Do you know anything about beet greens other than what’s been brought up so far?
Most people aren’t aware of the amazing properties of beet greens.
Read on to discover exactly what you’ve been missing!
Beet greens provide an excellent source of iron. They can provide 15% of the daily recommended amount in a 1 cup serving!
If you’re low on iron, definitely start thinking about incorporating beet greens into your diet.
Beet greens also provide 25% of the magnesium you need for the day! Calcium is also available in a large amount in the green leaves.
A boiled cup of beet greens only contains 39 calories per serving.
Beet leaves taste similar to spinach leaves. If you are a fan of spinach, you should soon be a fan of beet leaves! If you don’t like spinach, however, you still may like beet leaves.
Often if you dislike a food it’s because you dislike how it has been prepared.
Open your mind to liking beet leaves and try incorporating them into your diet in different ways.
Before you know it, you may have found a new healthy food to enjoy on a regular basis!
IF YOU ARE CHOOSING BEET LEAVES THAT ARE STILL ATTACHED TO THE BEETROOT, DO PAY ATTENTION TO THE ROOT.
Choose smaller, more tender beetroots instead of the larger, tougher kind.
You don’t want to get leaves attached to a root that is cracked, dry looking, shriveled, bruised, or overly soft. Choose leaves attached to a root that is firm and small.
RATHER THAN LOOKING WILTED OR SLIMY, THE BEET LEAVES SHOULD LOOK CRISP, FRESH, TENDER, AND HAVE A BRIGHT GREEN COLOR.
Beet leaves are available for purchase throughout the garden season.
You can enjoy them for quite a long time!
Here are some suggestions of what to look for to find the best beet leaves.
Carefully cut the green leaves and their stems from the beetroot.
Don’t wash them until you are ready to eat them.
Store them in a plastic bag with as much of the air squeezed out as possible.
Refrigerate them and expect them to stay fresh for about four days.
Once you’ve found the perfect beet leaves, you don’t want to let them go bad before you can eat them!
Here are some ideas of good ways to store them to keep them looking and tasting their best.
So, can you really juice beet greens?
You can go about making normal beet juice made from the beetroot, or you can make green beet juice and surprise everyone by explaining that a green juice you’ve made is actually beet juice!
Do you know another way to surprise people?
Tell them you can make juice from canned beets!
Yes! Do you know how to make beet juice from canned beets?
It’s really quite simple.
Just substitute the canned beets in for the fresh beets in any beet juicing recipe.
It’ll be easier for your juice maker to process, and if you don’t have fresh beets available in your area canned beets can be a wonderful substitute!
It’s simpler than you might think!
Everything is online and easy to find these days if you want to research for yourself.
Or, just follow the directions here to go about juicing beet greens:
- Wash your beets and any other fruits or vegetables you want to include in the juice. I suggest adding in apples, carrots, limes, and ginger.
- Cut up the apples, carrots, and beets into smaller pieces. Peel the ginger. Wash the limes and cut them in half.
- Blend the apple, carrots, beets, and ginger. Squeeze in the lime juice.
Of course, you can combine any number of fruits and vegetables to make different sorts of beet juice. You can even use different kinds of beets and make it a juice made from several different varieties! Sugar beets are sweet, so if you like sugar, you may enjoy juice made from one of those roots.
Back to beet greens, how do you turn those into juice?
One of the best ways to do it is to mix them in with the beetroots and other vegetables and fruits.
Mix and match your favorite flavors to get the tastiest and healthiest drink!
Juicing beet leaves is a great way to get some additional nutrition into your juice. Combining beetroots and beet greens will give you a super beets drink. It’ll give you so many vitamins you’ll be a bit healthier after just one glass!
If you’re being careful about your weight, you may be curious to know what the calories in beet juice are.
Beets only have 58 calories in one cup of raw beetroot. Of course, if you add in other fruits and vegetables that number can change a bit, but that gives you a basic idea of the calorie amount.
To give you more of an idea of what to include in a type of juice with beet greens, here’s a recipe you may want to try out.
It has a lot packed into it!
- Rinse and cut up cucumbers, apples, and a beet and its leaves.
- Swill some blackberries and set aside.
- Rinse and cut open a lemon.
- Blend the cucumbers, apples, beet, leaves, and blackberries. Stir in the lemon juice.
- Bon appetit!
As you can see, you can do a whole lot with both beetroots and their leaves!
If you haven’t grown up eating beets all your life, you may feel a bit intimidated about starting to incorporate the new food into your diet.
No worries, to have a bit of hesitation to adding something new into your life is completely normal. However, you don’t have to let the hesitation stop you.
Do you think beets and their leaves could benefit your health?
Do you think you could even possibly enjoy the leaves and roots?
If so, let yourself try them!
After all, what’s the worst that can happen?
If you end up absolutely hating them, you can always decide not to eat them again. But even if that happens, at least you tried! It’s so much better to try things and decide for yourself that you don’t like them than to never try things for fear of disliking them.
You may surprise yourself and find that after all these years of missing out, you really like beetroots and their leaves!
And don’t forget, there are a plethora of different ways to try beetroots and their leaves. If you don’t like them fixed one way, you may very well absolutely love them cooked a different way.
Have fun exploring this new food and discovering more ways to include more healthy foods into your diet.
Your body will thank you for it!