I love beets. I love the health benefits of beets even more. I also know that this puts me in a small group of people who feel this way. So when I planted three rows of beets in our small garden this year, my husband thought I was crazy. Perhaps, but I also know I’ll have enough beets to juice for a good part of the year 🙂
As I was caring for my garden this week, I had to thin out my beets and carrots. My young son asked what we are going to do with the baby beets & tiny carrots now that we pulled them. “Juice them!”, I said. Even though these root vegetables have not fully matured to the recognizable table food we know, they still contain an incredible amount of health benefits.
Beet leaves are full of vitamin K, which helps with blood clotting and works alongside calcium to boost the strength in your bones. And for all my pregnant friends, vitamin K can help relieve morning sickness! Beet greens also contain a high level of vitamin A, which helps with vision problems. They are also bursting with minerals and carotenoids such as beta-carotene and lutein. What’s more, is that they taste more like swiss chard than a beet, which makes it easier for my husband to drink.
So whether you are thinning out your garden or just using the beet root for other purposes, keep those greens! As I do with almost all my produce, I freeze them in freezer bags and toss them in a juice later. Enjoy!