Roasted Beets Salads and Healthy Weight Loss

Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Roasted beets are so easy to make and a sweet addition to any salad. These salads are a staple in my dietary health everyday. Of course I change them up with different vegetables, beans and roasted delicious beets are a main ingredients to a healthy delicious weight loss. Check out these fabulous salads that made me lose 30 pounds in 5 months without feeling hungry.

These are beets in a healthy salad with tomatoes, snap peas, chickpeas, arugula, romaine, cucumbers, with olive oil and 18 year aged balsamic vinegar

freshly grown beets in a baskets with cutting shears, gloves and gardening tools

Roasting beets are easy, as I will show you in the video and add the recipe I use. The salads are made to order by you! They will always be what you like to add. I have no meat added to the salads I ate, however some of the beans were the protein additions.

Beets have the highest sugar content of any vegetable so should be eaten in moderation. I have one or two slices on my salad a day. You have to be very careful with over eating on beans, most contain carbs that turn into sugar and then into fat.

I try to stick to green beans but my love for chickpeas and snap peas keep me eating them in moderation. I will give you suggestions and alternatives but as a rule you can eat as much vegetables that you want to fill up on and use the one you love to eat.

These are whole beets roasted in the oven in foil to use in a healthy salad  with olive oil and 18 year aged balsamic vinegar

This is just a guideline of what I did. I am not a doctor or suggest you to follow my diet that worked for me without talking to your own physician to confirm this is a good fit for your health.
You can find fresh beets in the produce section at the supermarket.

Usually they come in a bunch. They are easy to grow in warmer climates. Beet are known for lowing blood pressure. My blood pressure was 150 over 110 a year ago.

Eating beets daily in moderation, walking exercise and healthy no carb, virtually no meat diet, I am now at 119 over 70. Beets are also known for increasing stamina, warding off certain cancers and the nutrients and vitamins are good for bones, kidneys, liver and pancreas.

The tops of the beets greens are actually have more iron than spinach. Beets are rich in Vitamin A, C, calcium and can ward off osteoporosis. I have osteoporosis and one of the reasons why I am a big fan of beets and the leafy tops!

fresh beets from the garden with beets greens

freshly grown beets in a baskets with cutting shears, gloves and gardening tools

I am very fortunate to be able to grow many of my own vegetables living in Florida and love gardening. Beets are a root vegetable that grow under the ground and very easy to grow.

They are also very inexpensive to buy fresh.Roasted is my favorite way to eat these beets and they are always soft, sweet and delicious every time. The beet greens can just be washed, chopped and added to the salad.

Daily salad with avocado, tomatoes, snap peas, chickpeas, arugula cucumber, tomato with oil vinegar and on a paper plate outside on the pool deck

Butternut squash and arugula salad with blueberries, cucumbers, tomatoes, healthy salad

Here is our favorite butternut squash recipe if you missed the post!

feta, tomato, olives, avocado, cucumber, chickpea salad

Here is my avocado chickpeas salad another delicious combination of flavors!

beets, chickpeas, feta cheese, greens made into a salad

Eating salads can become boring if you don't keep it spiced up and change them up! I like to add feta cheese or even blue cheese to change it up a bit. This is my version of a greek salad. There are peppers, beets, greens, cucumbers, greek sauce, chickpeas just a little different style salad with a big bold taste.

Eating Beets and Healthy Vegetables

When I started my diet it was very hard. Being Italian, I love my pasta, pizza, meatballs and weight gaining foods. Lots of carbs. They slowed me down alot. Moderation is key however carbs really do pack on the pounds quickly and even in moderation,

I had problem with cholesterol and high blood pressure. That's what the turning point of cutting carbs and meats out were for me. I am now off all medication. It may not be for everyone, but with my diet and daily walking to keep fit, it worked for me.

It's a way of life now. It's not an easy task. Of course you still crave the foods you love. You need to always set one day aside to treat yourself. When I reached my goal, I went right for the pizza. Not over doing it, one slice. You can add things as a treat once a week but only when you reached that goal weight.

These are whole beets roasted in the oven in foil to use in a healthy salad  with olive oil and 18 year aged balsamic vinegar

This diet will always be a  constant maintenance. You will learn what foods you can add not to gain your weight back with portion control. Roasted beets and salad helped me with my weight loss. I did add salmon and shrimp to the salads once a week. I never ate meats in those 5 months. I would count calories that went into that salad when adding cheese, beans and fish also.

Everyone is different on how many calories they need in my case I stuck to 700 calories and lost 1 pound and sometimes more a week. It was slow going in the beginning. When I started seeing results I got excited and motivated even more.The best feeling was getting back into pants I hadn't worn in 5 years! Roasted Beets Salads and Healthy Weight Loss is a way of life for me now.

Motivations, determination and serious dedication to eating healthy is key to the success of your weight loss. I will give you a cookie cutter idea of what I ate daily. You will have to adjust to your individual body size on how the quantity of food is.

Eating more greens than the additions is a must. Don't load up on cheese or beans, add more arugula, spinach. Limit to one avocado a day or half of one. Avocado is another fabulous addition to healthy eating. I also use a very good grade of 18 year aged balsamic vinegar and my extra virgin olive oil is cold pressed.

You may ask what else did I eat! Here is breakfast, I ate half a cantaloupe filled with a banana and watermelon or other fruit like blueberry, pineapple, always all fresh. For lunch and dinner I had salads changed up one with avocado and at dinner I would have one with grilled shrimp. Snacks would be air popped pop corn, celery, carrots or rice cakes. Let's get started with that new you in a delicious journey!

Watch my short Video on Roasted Beets for Salads and Healthy Weight Loss

Roasted Beets Salads and Healthy Weight Loss

prep time: 15 MINScook time: 2 hourtotal time: 2 hours and 15 mins
My story on weight loss in a delicious way!


Daily Salad Recipe Suggestions
Roasted Beet recipe see below eat 3 to 4 slices on your salad
Hearts of Palm drained and rinsed
Any kind of tomatoes fresh chopped in small pieces no limit
Cucumbers as many as you can eat
Chopped red cabbage as much as you can eat
Sliced olives 1 teaspoon
Shredded carrots 1 tablespoon per salad
Snap peas 1/2 cup
Chickpeas 1/4 cup
Romaine, Spinach, Beet Greens, Arugula, or any kind of mixed greens or lettuce no limit
Artichoke Hearts canned drained no limit
Fresh corn on the cob 1 ear cooked and shucked
Chopped celery no limit
Cheese in moderation preferably mozzarella or feta 2 tablespoons
Any kind of peppers no limit
Optional: grilled shrimp, salmon, tuna or any seafood you prefer
Raw chopped broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, butternut cooked squash no limit
Balsamic Vinegar 2 tablespoons
 Olive oil 2 tablespoons 
any herbs and spices you like


Roasted Beets Recipes
Cut the beet tops off and save for salad. Cut the bottom off the beet. Wash the beets very well.
Leave skins on. Rub them with olive oil. Salt, pepper and granulated garlic on them evenly. Wrap in foil. Bake the beets for around 2 hours at 350 degrees until fork tender. Cool, peel the skin off, (it will come off easy) and slice beets thinly. Refrigerator any beets in a zip lock bag.

Serve on top of greens of choice and any or all the vegetables listed of choice with above suggestions. Add cheese on top and fish if using. 
Drizzle with balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil and any seasonings your prefer.
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Adrianas Best Recipes said...

In my opinion beets are so underrated but they are so good for us health wise and are very tasty. Love the different applications that you present definitely inspired =)

Cindy @ The Sweet Nerd said...

Looks great - beets are so good for you. Do you have any suggestions on what to do with the beet greens?

Jillian said...

This looks amazing! A great Summer salad!

Camila Esteves Garcia said...

What a delicious salad! My son is 2 years old and he loves beets. And he adores when I put them in the salad like this. Great ingredients!

Angie Schneider said...

A healthy and delicious meal! Freshly roasted beets definitely taste better than the storebought one.

Natalie said...

I love beets! This salad looks delicious and healthy! Such a great addition on the dinner table and even for brunch!

Marie said...

What a delicious combination of ingredients in this salad! Great suggestions and so healthy! I love roasted beets in salads.

Danielle said...

I absolutely love roasted beets. What a great tutorial and recipe!

Julia K said...

You are so lucky to be able to grow your own veggies! Homegrown fruits and veggies taste the best!

Sues said...

I love beets and this is a great tutorial. Now I just need to get my husband to love them!! It's the one food he wants nothing to do with and I will never understand!

Dana Sandonato said...

Roasted beets are honestly one of my most favorite things to put in a salad!

Elisabeth Foodandthrift said...

I love beets, and I also love to roast my own! Such a wonderful post, Claudia, and so informative. Congratulations on the 30lb. weight loss!

Pavani N said...

I love roated beets -- so sweet, juicy and delicious. That salad looks inviting and sounds just perfect with all the colorful veggies.

Veena Azmanov said...

I love salads and I eat a good salad everyday but some how I have never warmed up to the good old beets. I must try some good recipes and this one look perfect. Congrats on the weight loss.

Gloria Duggan said...

Honestly...roasted beets are the only way we eat them. So delicious as sweet. This salad sounds amazing.

Marisa Franca @ Allourway said...

We do love our beets, especially in salads. For years beets had a bad rap that they weren't nutritious -- boy were they ever wrong!! Keeping to a healthy eating plan is the way to keep the weight down. That and exercise too. Yes, I love pasta and meat but we try to keep the portions down. Getting back to the beets -- we drink beet juice.

Camilla Hawkins said...

Well done on your diet success! I bought a lovely bunch of beetroot today so might try roasting them instead of popping in my slow cooker which I usually do:-)

Tammy said...

I LOVE roasted beets in my salad! Looks so good, Claudia :D Congrats on your progress too...diets are never easy but once you keep on track you begin to feel the difference too. Hugs ^_^

Sandhya Ramakrishnan said...

What a great achievement and loved your healthy eating and weight lose journey. We all love beets and I use them regularly to make Indian dry curries. Roasting them sounds like a great idea and I will give it a try.

Swathi Iyer/ Zesty South Indian Kitchen said...

I like roasted beets in the salad rather than raw one. I am glad that you are able to keep up with diets, it is not always easy because of sweet carving. I too want to follow weight loss diet but I am not honest I cheat in between.

A Wicked Whisk said...

You are my hero for being able to grow your own veggies. Perfect dish and I am always looking for more ways to add beets into my diet.

Natalie Knezic said...

What a healthy and satisfying salad. I'm all into salads lately and can't wait to try this one. Sounds really great!

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