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Golden Beets, give them a try! by Cari Culp, RD

Have you tried golden beets? If you are one of many who considers the beet their most despised vegetable, the golden beet could change your perspective for good! In fact, there was a time that this very thing happened to me. I now love all beets but it took tasting a golden beet to turn things around for me. And, if you are not eating beets, you should be!
Both red and golden beets provide similar nutritional benefits. Rich in folate, magnesium, potassium, manganese, vitamin C, iron, phosphorus, vitamin B6 and fiber, they are a powerhouse of nutrients. Beets also contain a powerful mix of phytonutrients and antioxidants that fight inflammation, improve eye health, reduce the risk of a number of cancers, and support detoxification. Beet greens can also be eaten and are similar in flavor to Swiss chard. I like them sautéed with lemon juice and garlic. The greens are an excellent source of Leutien a powerful phytonutrient important for eye health. With all of these benefits, I enjoy beets anytime I can but it is recommended to have them at least twice a week to reap the benefits.
Beet season runs from June through October but they can be found in the grocery store year round. I find golden beets year round at Harris Teeter, Fresh Market, Whole Foods and Earth Fare.
Golden beets have a more mild, sweet flavor than the typical red beets. They can be steamed, sautéed, roasted or thrown into a juice or smoothie either raw or cooked. Since the beneficial pigments in beets diminish the longer they are cooked it is best to limit cooking times to 15 minutes of steaming or under 1 hour of roasting.
My favorite ways to enjoy golden beets include roasting them and pairing with whipped goat cheese and pistachios for a snack or side dish, sautéeing them with garlic or throwing them into a smoothie with apples or oranges, carrots and ginger. Roasted beets will keep in the fridge all week long to add to salads as needed. Enjoy!

Amazing Avocados! by Lisa Johnson, RD

I get really excited in the grocery store this time of year because avocado prices are at their lowest. Harris Teeter has had two-packs for $0.88 and I buy several on every visit! Avocados are amazing for you and deliciously satisfying as well. Avocados are nutrient-rich containing folate and potassium as well as vitamins C,… Continue Reading

Nutrition Tips for Beating Colds and Flu This Season by Cari Culp, RD

As a dietitian, I am a huge fan of the famous quote by Hippocrates, “Let food by thy medicine,” and during cold and flu season, that couldn’t be more applicable! This time of year, many of my clients ask about ways they can stay healthy and prevent getting sick. So, I thought I would share… Continue Reading

Getting Back to Your Roots by Lisa Johnson, RD

Fall is definitely my favorite food season! Garden goodies are still available, but of the warm and weighty kind. Most of what is in season now grows underground in shelter from the cooler elements. You may have heard we ought to consume foods in season for their best health benefits. This is true. Fall and… Continue Reading

Time to Take Your Vitamin C by Lisa Johnson, RD

Vitamin C has long been known to help with immunity. This water-soluble vitamin came to fame through Nobel Prize winning research in 1937 and has been since recognized as a key antioxidant and immune system strengthener. Deficiencies in vitamin C are associated with increased risks of infections as seen in pneumonia and other respiratory viruses… Continue Reading

Benefits of Blueberries – By Jehan Rifaie, Nutrition Student

Since summer is here, we all want food that is refreshing. Fresh blueberries are just perfect for a summer treat. They are sweet, juicy, full of nutrients, and can be eaten in a variety of ways. Don’t let their small size fool you; blueberries are full of health benefits. Consuming fruits such as blueberries have… Continue Reading

The Faddish Radish

When you think of the latest fads what comes to mind…skinny jeans or platform shoes? Believe it or not foods are faddish too; and one of the “hottest” fads is totally rad…it’s the unsuspecting radish! Radishes are a very good source of vitamin C – 25% of the daily recommended value – helping to rebuild… Continue Reading

Top Picks

When was the last time you went berry picking? Perhaps it has been too long! Local berry patches are now open offering delectable strawberries with blueberries coming right around the corner. Even if you don’t want to do the picking, you can still purchase a basket full. You won’t find these flavors or prices in… Continue Reading