Un"BEET"able Heart Healthy Thanksgiving Side-Dishes


Turn the "beet" around and add some healthy and unique beet side-dishes to accompany your favorite holiday entrees.

The heart shape of the beetroot and leaf imply a deep connection to the icon of love, the heart. The red beet even "bleeds" red, and its powerful antioxidants provide heart-healthy protection against heart disease. It seems fitting to eat more beets during the holidays. Beets inspire happy healthy hearts helping us live and love more abundantly.

Although Thanksgiving has more meaning than the meals prepared and devoured, food is a uniquely special part of holidays.

James Beard states, "Food is our common ground, a universal experience.”  It’s true! Food brings people together, uniting friends and family. When my family gathers together for the holidays, it is evident that every dish is lovingly prepared, and I taste "love" with each bite.

"Giving Thanks" is honored every day in my world, but I am also grateful for the opportunity to celebrate Thanksgiving in Wisconsin with family, including my grandpa (who is turning 100 years old this week) and two senior cats, ages 16 and 20 years of age. It can be challenging seeing signs of aging with those we love, yet the existence of "time" is also a beautiful reminder of the NOW. Eckhart Tolle says, "Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have. Make the Now the primary focus of your life." 

This holiday season, I hope we all delve deeper into what "giving thanks" means to each of us, and we embrace the NOW, soaking up each smile, laugh, story, and hug. Best wishes to you and the beautiful 86,400 seconds we experience each day. Happy day(s) of "thanks" and "giving"! 

4 BEETastic Thanksgiving Side-Dishes

Bonus Side-Dish: Beet Greens

Don't forget to eat your greens! Beet greens create a delicious and nutritious side-dish (and gorgeous green color) to enhance your menu. Comparable to the flavor and texture of Swiss chard, beet greens are quite versatile. Sauté beet greens with olive oil or toasted sesame oil, garlic, and lemon juice. Try our Superhero Sauteed Beet Greens recipe


Pierini, Carolyn. (2013). Beet the Odds: Harness the power of beets to radically transform your health. USA: Neogenis.