Give Me A Beet! – Don’t Join ‘Em – Beet ‘Em

I can remember the small plastic orange bowls into which my mother used to serve beet salad. She kept her beet salad recipe simple.  

In large poor families, you don’t only pass down clothes, you pass down dishes and tableware too.  These bowls have a history behind them.  Some had burn marks from being too close to the fire, on the stove.  Others were cracked and worn from repeated washings over the years, faded in color.

The orange plastic bowls also symbolized my mother’s humility, but they became insignificant when filled with the love she put into the meals that she prepared daily.

These bowls were earmarked only to be used for salad, potato, avocado (alligator pear), cucumber, lettuce & tomatoes, asparagus, or beets.  Both the asparagus and beet salads were from a can.  I’m not sure if they sold fresh or organic asparagus or beets back in the 1970s.  If they did, they did not sell it in the black communities, or blacks just could not afford to buy them fresh.

I know for sure that I never heard the vegetable truck vendors, announce on their megaphone throughout the neighborhood, that he ‘had asparagus’ or ‘had beets’.

Mr. Okra – 27,434 views – Frisky Lamar – Published on Jan 2, 2009

Mr. Okra makes a stop in Mid City, New Orleans, LA very near the end of 2008.

Luckily, beets have been a staple in my family, since childhood.  My mother managed to provide us with a healthy diet, though we were poor. 

It always amazes me, that after all these years, today we are finding the nutritional value of foods that our parents and grandparents used to prepare.  My mother and her mother must have known that beets were good for us.


My mother used to prepare a very simple beet salad, with beets, green onion, oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper.  Back then olive oil wasn’t very popular. We used vegetable oil, or corn oil, and Crisco/lard for frying.  Of course, back then there weren’t GMO foods, as there are today.  Food was not as filled with preserving chemicals.

For example, the seeds used today to extract most oils are genetically modified, to produce more oil.  Then toxic chemicals are added to extend shelf life and enhance the taste.  In the old days, it was safe to consume foods that we try to stay clear from today.  That’s because the food wasn’t being as mass-produced and manufactured, as it is today.

My stepfather, Samson, used to like his beets with mayo.  It looked disgusting when he would sit at the dinner table stirring the mayo in with his beets.  Mayo was his preferred dressing on all salads.  One day I had to try this combination out for myself.  And, guess what?  It tasted great.

As got older and well-traveled, I enjoyed beets prepared in other ways, unlike my mother ever did.  My mother only served beets in a salad, never as a hot side veggie.  I learned to roast beets in the oven, sprinkled with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  I put beets in smoothies, and use them for juicing.  If I ever go to a salad bar, I always add beets, preferably shredded, to my plate. I have also sautéed beets greens with spinach, garlic, and olive oil.

Today it’s safe to say that beets are a staple in my diet, in all forms.

Well, come to find out, beets have wonderful health benefits!   They are full and antioxidants, and minerals.  A lot of people overlook the importance of minerals.  But, minerals are involved in several metabolic functions that occur within the human body. They also regulate and manage the normal function of human organs, muscles, and tissues.

Don’t take my word for it!  Review the videos and articles below from experts.  You will see that beets have thousands of years of old history as a healing food, in many ways. 

And, once the benefits of beets had been confirmed, I say, Give me a beet!’  …Like Janet Jackson.


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Power Up With Beets – Dr. Mercola – April 18, 2016


  • Vitamins and minerals in beets and beet greens fight inflammation, lower blood pressure, detoxify, fight infection and combat cancer. But certain compounds also have been found that spike energy and endurance.
  • After scientists revealed that a small amount of beet juice is all it takes to beef up strength and endurance in patients with heart failure, athletes began gulping it down to increase their stamina.
  • Tests showed beet juice to increase muscle strength by 13 percent, an improvement one might get after months of resistance training. This stems from nitric oxide formed when bacteria on the tongue converts to nitric oxide.
  • Nitrites affect blood flow, effecting neurotransmission and other performance-related actions. Scientists are now exploring the effects of beet juice on peripheral artery disease and enhancing blood circulation.

A new study has emerged that may give hope to those who may see themselves as the proverbial “90-pound weakling.” Surprisingly, the remedy can be found in the garden.

The study, recently conducted at the Washington School of Medicine in St. Louis, is one of several university trials revealing that a small amount of beet juice is all it takes to beef up your exercise performance and endurance.

The researchers found nine heart failure subjects who experienced the typical symptoms — loss of skeletal muscle strength, reduced ability to exercise and even evidence that quality of life was suffering. Each individual exhibited measurable improvement.

The patients were given 140 milliliters — about two-thirds of a cup — of concentrated beet juice, followed by testing, which found an almost instantaneous increase in their muscle capacity by an average of 13 percent. The study was published in the journal Circulation: Heart Failure in September 2015.  Read More

Beetroot Juice Boosts Athletic Performance & Detoxifies – Dr. Josh Axe

From the Middle Ages, beetroot was used as a treatment for a variety of conditions, especially illnesses relating to digestion and the blood. In recent years, the beetroot vegetable, otherwise known as Beta vulgaris rubra, has attracted much attention as a health-promoting, functional food. While scientific interest in beetroot has only gained momentum in the past few decades, it’s been used as a means of natural medicine for thousands of years.

The beetroot taste is described as sweet, earthy and tender to eat. Grown in the ground, it’s related to turnips, swedes and sugar beet. When compared with beet benefits, drinking beetroot juice provides a more sudden boost of ascorbic acid, vitamin E, carotenes, phenolic acids and phytoestrogens to the body. This helps improve cardiac and immunity function.  Read More

7 Beetroot Benefits
  1. Boosts Athletic Performance
  2. Powerful Antioxidant
  3. Lowers Blood Pressure
  4. Aids Detoxification
  5. Supports Cognitive Health
  6. Fights Diabetes
  7. High Source of Folate – To help the body make new cells.

10 Health Benefits of Beets – 2,877 views – Health Trends – Published on Mar 19, 2018

10 Health Benefits of Beets. Beet Juice Beetroots, commonly known as beets, are a popular root vegetable used in many cuisines around the world.

10 Side Effects Of Beetroot Juice Must Know Before Including It In Your Diet – 686,333 views – HEA. Tube – Published on Jan 29, 2017

How often have you come across the bright red colored vegetable – beetroot? Umpteen times we are sure! Along with the number of times you have seen it, we are sure you have also heard about all the benefits you can gain out of this vibrant colored veggie. Beetroots or beets is often sued in various recipes or you can also reap the benefits by drinking a refreshing glass of beetroot juice. 10 Side Effects Of Beetroot Juice Must Know Before Including It in Your Diet

The Benefits of Eating Beets – 144,170 views – Dr. Eric Berg DC – Published on Nov 25, 2016

Take Dr. Berg’s Advanced Evaluation Quiz: your report will then be sent via email analyzing 104 potential symptoms, giving you a much deeper insight into the cause-effect relationship of your body issues. It’s free and very enlightening. Dr. Berg talks about the amazing benefits of eating beets. They are a great way to detox the liver, increase your testosterone and lower estrogen. They are also good for blood pressure. Beets increase phase I and II detoxication, which rid poisons. They are high in choline to help you with a fatty liver. Beets increase a better energy, endurance and stamina.

Health Benefits of Beets | Dr. Weston | Sunwarrior – 71,374 views – Sunwarrior – Published on Mar 27, 2015 For more health tips visit According to Dr. Mercola, beets are one of the most ancient vegetables on Earth. I thought about my own experience with beets, or should I say inexperience. The first time I ever remember trying them was as a young man while I was traveling in New Zealand. I wasn’t even sure that we had beets in America.

The Benefits of Beet Juice for Superhealthy Blood – 2,449,326 views

5 WAYS TO MAKE BEETS TASTE GOOD | SCCASTANEDA – 55,216 views – sccastaneda – Published on Jul 12, 2017

♡SUBSCRIBE : Sonia Castaneda here! In todays video I am showing you 5 ways to make beets taste GOOD!! I will show you have to eat vitamins instead of taking them! Beets are great for people who have an iron deficiency!

Roasted Beets Recipe – How to Roast Beets – 118,088 views – Chef Tips – Published on May 21, 2013

Chef Jason Hill of shows you how to roast beets in this episode of “Chef Tips.” This roasted beets recipe comes together quickly with just three ingredients — fresh beets, kosher salt and olive oil. Use these in Jason’s roasted beet salad with goat cheese, then sauté the fresh beet greens for a great and healthy side dish.

Beetroot and Onion Salad – 8,796 views – 261 – Sanjeev Kapoor Khazana

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21 thoughts on “Give Me A Beet! – Don’t Join ‘Em – Beet ‘Em

    1. That is very kind of you. I will read the details as I am not familiar with this award.

      It energizes me when my posts resonate with others. The blog was supposed to be a bit experimental. Now, since May 19, 2018, I have posted about 120 articles.

      I put a lot of work in.

      God bless you for considering me. Kevy

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  1. Thank you for such an informative post (I see that we get our health info from the same sources, like Dr Axe and Dr Berg) and thank you for following my blog 😊.
    Some of the dishes and cutlery in my kitchen, like yours, are battered old treasures from my mother, my husband’s late mom, and even my now deceased grandmothers. Why throw them away? First of all, we are not that rich that we can afford to be buying new every other day, but most importantly I am always reminded of the people who used them before me.
    As for beets, it has only been a few years since I started eating them raw (grated or julienne style) or roasted in the oven. I find that vegetables are a lot more versatile than I used to think!

    1. Try roasting them, and eating some hot as a side, and slicing a few. chill, add green onion, vinegar, olive oil, sat, and pepper. Try also as a salad with mayo as dressing.

      Thanks for your comment. I can feel your warmth.


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