Roasted Sliced Beets

When it comes to side dishes and snacks, there are a lot of foods to choose from! Unfortunately, most foods classified as “snacks” are loaded with sodium (think chips, pretzels, etc). Excess sodium in the diet is an independent risk factor to a global silent killer – high blood pressure. What if you could have a snack that satisfies your taste buds and helps to tame your blood pressure at the same time? It’s here in this roasted beet recipe. Quick and easy to make, this recipe takes nutrient rich beets and turns them into little chips of hypertension prevention. A 2008 study found that consumption of the juice of beets could actually help to lower blood pressure. Now that’s a snack that’s hard to "beet!"

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tsp fresh parsley, chopped
1 tsp fresh garlic, minced
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp black pepper
Zest of 1 lemon
2 cups fresh sliced beets, cut into 1/8-inch slices

Preheat oven to 350°F.

For the beets: Wash, peel and slice into 1/8-inch thick pieces. Yield is 2 cups sliced beets.

In a medium size bowl, combine all the ingredients except for the beets – mix thoroughly and set aside.

Place prepared beets in bowl with marinade and toss to coat.

Spread beets out on a non-stick sheet pan and bake in the oven for 25 minutes or to desired degree of doneness.

Nutritional Information per Serving
Calories: 70
Sodium: 200 mg
Sugars: 5 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Saturated Fat: .5 g
Fiber: 2 g
Protein: 1 g
Carbohydrate: 7 g