Tasty raw or roasted, beets are loaded with nutrition. The colorful root veggie is high in folate, an important nutrient for expectant mothers to help prevent birth defects. Beets are also high in betaine, which works with folate to help reduce inflammatory compounds that can damage the arteries and increase risk of heart disease. Plus, the pigment that gives beets their crimson color has been identified as a potent cancer fighter in laboratory mice.
Grate beets raw over greens for a refreshing salad topping, or roast your beets to make a vegetarian carpaccio flatbread.