Pickled foods are a great addition to your diet, and these no sugar pickled beets are no exception.
Not only are they loaded with probiotics, the good bacteria that improves your gut health, but beets are tasty and nutrient dense on their own. Pickling them yourself can be a fun for the whole family as well!
You can jump straight to the recipe, or read on for a bit more background on beets and their many health benefits.
Make Your Beets Work!
These pickled beets are so versatile, as they can be incorporated into various meals and snacks throughout the day. This allows you to incorporate a food source of probiotics into your diet.
If you don’t enjoy the taste on their own and want to mingle flavors, add these beets as a condiment to a sandwich, toast or wrap. I like it along with some hummus, lettuce and a sprinkle of seeds on top.
I also love throwing them in any and all salads. It adds a slightly natural sweet and sour tang, because no sugar is used in this recipe.
Lastly, you can totally enjoy them straight up as a snack!
Beets Health Benefits
Beets have an impressive list of good-for-you benefits that will make you want to incorporate them into your diet more. Some of these health benefits include the following:
- They are rich in nitrates which is beneficial for blood pressure control and aids in athletic performance. If you’re an athlete or looking to better control your blood pressure levels, consuming beets regularly is probably something you want to start doing.
- Beets are full of fiber, which acts as food for the good bacteria in your gut and keeps you regular. Most Americans do not consume adequate fiber, so adding more sources to your diet is prudent.
Other Recipes You May Enjoy
I love simple recipes that make eating vegetables more fun! If you’re looking for more delicious ideas, feel free to check out my other blog posts. These are two of my favorites I make on repeat!
- Pretty Cabbage Flower– this roasted deliciousness tastes and looks great. It makes a great side-dish for dinner that will enhance the table as well.
- Better Broccoli– this cooking method allows you to get more nutrient value and increases flavor. Double win!
No Sugar Pickled Beets
- 3 large 2 lbs beets
- 1 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 ½ teaspoon Kosher or pickling salt
- [Optional] ½ cup honey
- 1 cup filtered water
- Wash and halve beets, wrap in foil and roast in a 400-degree oven for 40 minutes.
- Once cooked, unwrap the beets and allow to cool. Peel and thinly slice.
- In a small pan, combine remaining ingredients and bring to a boil briefly. Stir to dissolve honey, if used.
- Arrange sliced beets in a jar or canister, pour liquid over. Cover tightly and refrigerate for a few days before serving.
Beets have an anti-Inflammatory effect, making it a great daily addition for those specifically looking to reduce inflammation.