The other night at dinner, Dave mentioned to me that he wanted us to start eating different side-dishes. He said he was getting bored with the same old veggies in our usual rotation. Well, I’m always up for a challenge, and so I decided to pick up a new colorful root veggie during my last shopping trip — and it’s a trendy one, ladies and gentlemen — the beet.
Today, I’m going to tell you about a super easy way to cook this veggie, as well as share a day of my meals for “What I Ate Wednesday,” which just so happens to include beets, not once, but two times.
The benefits of eating beets
Beets are more than just colorful, they’re good for you, my friends. Beets contain a ton of valuable vitamins and minerals, including potassium, magnesium, folic acid, fiber, iron vitamins A, B and C and beta-carotene. And what else? Beets are said to have anti-aging properties for the skin and have been used to help treat depression, because the tryptophan in them helps the mind release feelings of well-being. Pretty cool stuff, right? Not to mention, it’s fun to add a new hue like deep-purple-red to your plate.
Here’s a look at three ways to take in some beets …
1. Add raw beets on the top of a salad.
2. Roast whole beets in the oven as a colorful side-dish.
3. Drink a tasty beet beverage, like Naked Juice‘s new “Bright Beets.”
I like the looks of beets, and I like the taste of them even more. Now for world’s easiest new-to-me veggie side-dish recipe and one of the ways I’ve been enjoying beets lately — roasting.
How to roast beets
I was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was to prepare and roast beets. Here’s how you do it …
- Wash and scrub beets and remove the leaves and stems.
- Lightly coat the skin of the beet with olive oil or coconut oil.
- Wrap the beets in aluminum foil.
- Cook for 45-60 minutes in the oven at about 400 degrees.
- Remove from the oven, let cool for 10 minutes.
- Cut into thin slices, season and serve.
The result is a slightly sweet and very tasty side-dish, which nicely complemented the dinner shown in my “What I Ate Wednesday” recap below. Moral of the story? If you’ve never tried beets, take a chance on this root veggie, because you just may like what you find. Beets are the jam. Pun very much intended.
What I Ate Wednesday
Now let’s get to some more food. This is a regular feature on A Lady Goes West, in which I share a “What I Ate Wednesday” post, featuring everything I eat and drink in one full day. These are my real meals, with photos taken in real time. Enjoy …
This recap features everything I ate this past Sunday, which was a rest day, featuring zero workouts. While sometimes being less active reduces my hunger, sometimes it doesn’t change a thing.
Breakfast at 8:30 a.m.
Breaking the fast: A standard first meal of the day for me, consisting of overnight oats, topped with a banana and cinnamon. Enjoyed alongside some green tea, sweetened with stevia and soy milk. I just can’t quit overnight oats and seem to have this meal every single day!
Snack at 11 a.m.
Veggies and nuts: This is one great combo for a mid-morning meal. Some Bright Beets Naked juice and a little bowl of trail mix, consisting of oat and nut clusters with raw almonds mixed in for some extra substance. My first of two servings of beets for the day!
Thanks to my new role as a Naked Juice Ambassador, I had the pleasure of trying this new product, Bright Beets, which is another reason I was inspired to buy and cook beets. This no-sugar-added juice is super tasty and is full of good stuff. In just 170 calories, this little bottle of juice includes 2 and 1/2 beets, 1/3 of a carrot, 1 and 3/4 apples, 1/3 of a lemon, 1/4 of a coconut’s water and a hint of ginger. Yum!
Lunch at 2:30 p.m.
A colorful bowl of goodness: Although I almost always eat lunch at home, on this particular day, Dave and I rode our bikes to grab a bite at Veggie Grill in downtown Walnut Creek. I enjoyed this meat-free Thai Chikin salad, consisting of grilled veggie “chikin,” quinoa, romaine, corn salsa, green onions, mandarin oranges, cucumbers and cilantro and topped with spicy Thai dressing. It was pretty good, but not quite as delicious a salad I had there last week. But it sure looks pretty, doesn’t it?
Snack at 5:30 p.m.
Afternoon tea: Maybe this isn’t the fancy afternoon tea service that I would have preferred to have, but it sure hit the spot. A mug of soothing decaf tea, sweetened with stevia and soy milk, enjoyed with a little frosted fiber bar, which I snagged for free from the gym earlier in the week. Free food is always better food.
Dinner at 8:30 p.m.
Grilled perfection: You know what I love to eat? Grilled salmon. Dave made me this delicious piece of grilled salmon, while I prepared the kale salad, and of course, the easy and tasty roasted beets, as our sides. This was a totally yummy and colorful home-made meal, which was enjoyed with a glass of fine (cheap) white wine. Roasted beets? Definitely making them again!
Dessert at 9 p.m.
Sweets and cream cheese: I like to keep my meals pretty clean during the week, but not a weekend goes by that I don’t get into something sweet. And if it involves cream-cheese frosting? Well, that’s a plus. This past Sunday, the sweetness came in the form of a huge chunk of artisanal carrot cake. I mean. Double-yum. Yes, I gave Dave one small bite, but I’m afraid that’s all I could spare. It sure went well with some vanilla soy milk.
And that was everything I had for the day. As usual, plenty of veggies (including beets), every single food group and some fun stuff thrown in for good measure.
In store for me today? I’m teaching BODYATTACK at lunch and two classes at Orangetheory Fitness tonight. And tomorrow morning, Dave and I will be at the airport before 5 a.m. to fly out to Florida. Can’t wait!
**Disclaimer: Please note that this post is sponsored by Naked Juice. As a new Naked Juice Ambassador, I was compensated and provided with Naked Juice product, but please know that all opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting A Lady Goes West and our great sponsors.
Read more daily eating recaps
Each week, “What I Ate Wednesday” is hosted by Peas and Crayons for bloggers to showcase their eats to the world. If you want to see more food recaps, check out some of my posts from the past here:
- A full day of eating in pictures
- Another full day of my eats and drinks
- Real food isn’t always pretty
- Do you have a balanced dining out strategy?
- What I ate and drank all day
- Three meals, two snacks and a shake
- Food trucks and rest-day eating
- Plenty of protein at every meal
- Colorful fuel for a day of training
- Long days of training require a lot of food
- Making do on “What I Ate Wednesday”
- Healthy foods for a rest day
- Who doesn’t like pictures of food?
- A look at a full day of eating in pictures
- Snapshots from a day of delicious meals
- Pictures of food, because you like them
- Food pictures and the juice cleanse that wasn’t
- A look at what I really eat in a day
- What I ate in the Sunshine State
- My weekend eats and a little narrative
- Stories about food and yesterday’s meals
- A day of eating and some commentary
- Do you want to know what I ate yesterday?
- Healthy challenges and foods from my day
- Eating, napping and eating again
- Filling up on healthy food before the holiday
- A perfect birthday at home and my eats
- Top blog posts, reader stats and my food
- A different kind of training and my food
- Joining a healthy green movement and my eats
- Must-try veggie pasta tip and my eats
- Are you eating this sweet and satisfying fruit?
- What a difference a week makes and my eats
- On Wednesdays we look at pictures of food
- Food, drinks and a very hydrating giveaway
- Front-loading all the healthy this week
- MealEnders giveaway and back to healthy food
- Eating, drinking and sharing the pictures
- I don’t like bad people, I do like good food
- Smart training nutrition tips and my meals
- “What I Ate Wednesday” and a Phenoh 7.4 review
- What my daily meals look like in pictures
- Food pictures from a light and healthy day
- Life lately and a look at all of my meals
- What’s normal to you? (And my daily eats)
- A bit of chatter and “What I Ate Wednesday”
Questions of the day
Do you ever eat beets?
What’s a new food that you’ve tried recently?
What did you have for breakfast today?