As if that weren’t enough, studies have also shown that the vitamin K in beet greens contains blood clotting properties, helps ward off osteoporosis, works with calcium to boost bone strength, and may also play a role in fighting Alzheimer’s disease. Beet greens have a higher iron content than spinach, and a higher nutritional value than the beetroot itself.
The vitamin A content in beet greens helps strengthen the immune system and stimulates production of antibodies and white blood cells. The beta-carotene in vitamin A is a known antioxidant that can fight the effects of free radicals in the body along with cancer and heart disease. Doctors often recommend vitamin A to patients at risk of developing night blindness.
So, go out and buy those organic beets with the top intact and instead of discarding the tops, cook them up for a super side dish. Enjoy!
2 Tbsp. Olive oil
1 shallot, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 large bunch beet greens, stems discarded and leaves shredded
1 tsp. Capers, chopped fine
1 Tbsp. Sun-dried tomatoes in oil, chopped
Salt and fresh ground black pepper
Heat a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add oil, once hot add shallots and cook for 1-2 minutes, until softened. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add greens, cooks for 2-3 minutes until wilted,my hen fold in capers and tomatoes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve and Enjoy!