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Superfood of the Month: Beets

Red beets with stems

Oct. 3 2023

Often underappreciated, beets are a powerhouse of health benefits and can easily be incorporated into a variety of dishes.

10 reasons to include beets in your diet

Rich in nutrients: Beets are a good source of vitamins and minerals, including folate, manganese and vitamin C. 

Supports heart health: The nitrates in beets can help dilate blood vessels, reducing blood pressure. 

Boosts endurance: Studies suggest that beet juice can improve oxygen flow and endurance during exercise. 

Anti-inflammatory: Beets contain betalains, which have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. 

Improves digestion: High in fiber, beets help promote digestive health. 

Brain health: Nitrates in beets may improve cognitive function and reduce risks of dementia. 

Cancer prevention: The phytonutrients in beets show promise in fighting off certain types of cancer. 

Detoxifies the body: Beets support detoxification, helping to purify the blood and liver. 

Promotes weight loss: Low in calories, but high in water and fiber, beets make you feel full longer.

Good for skin: The antioxidants in beets can help combat premature aging and help in the skin’s natural detoxification process. 

Grilled Chicken Breast with Beet, Feta and Corn Salad 

Chicken, beet, feta and corn salad on a plate


6 oz chicken breasts 

1 c beets, diced 

¼ c feta, crumbled 

½ c corn 

1 c baby arugula 

1 T olive oil 

Salt and pepper to taste 


Step 1: Preheat grill and oven to 375°F. 

Step 2: Grill chicken breast until it has good grill marks but not fully cooked. 

Step 3: Transfer to the oven and bake until the internal temperature reaches 165°F. 

Step 4: In a bowl, mix diced beets, corn, baby arugula and crumbled feta. 

Step 5: Drizzle olive oil, salt and pepper over the salad and combine. 

Step 6: Place the salad on top of the fully cooked chicken breast.

Nutrition: Calories: 520kcal; protein: 38g; carbohydrates: 35g; fat: 24g; fiber: 6g 

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