If you like your vegetables with a scandalous back story, you will love beets. In Ancient Rome, the beloved beet was associated with love and lust, considered an aphrodisiac, and depicted on the walls of brothels in Pompeii. Roman women would even use the red root as make-up to brighten their cheeks and lips (via PBS).
Nowadays, this deep red root vegetable is only associated with a healthy diet and not a healthy libido. While beets pack a nutritious punch and have a long list of health benefits, they don’t get as much credit as they deserve in the culinary world. The entire beet plant is edible, from the leafy greens to the bulbous root. This versatile plant can be roasted, steamed, sliced, grilled, boiled, and spiralized into noodles.
Spiralized beet noodles are an excellent way to brighten up any boring salad without adding too many calories and carbs. Beets are great for weight management because they are filling and only have 43 calories per half cup and 9 grams of carbs (per Calorie King). Beet noodles are firmer than other spiralized noodles and add a different texture to a dish. A beet salad or soup is the best way to get more beets into your life.