While many people claim to not like beets, they are one of the most effective brain foods. They are high in antioxidants that help protect the body against cancer. Beets also naturally help reduce inflammation while increasing blood flow to the brain. Colorado Springs, CO, dementia caregivers can use these versatile foods in any number of salads to help boost their loved ones’ brain health.
1. Roasted Beet with Oranges Salad
Start by preheating the oven to 400 degrees. Trim the beet leaves off of six large beets. Discard the stem, but keep the leaves. Wrap the beets in foil and roast them in the oven for 90 minutes. Remove the beets from the oven. Cut them into eight wedges and place in a large bowl. Place the beet greens in a large bowl and boil for two minutes. Remove the excess water and add them to the beets snipping them small as you work. Slice two oranges into eight segments each. Add them to the mixture along with one thinly sliced white onion, 1/3-cup red wine vinegar, 1/4-cup olive oil and two tablespoons garlic powder. Let mixture set at room temperature for at least one hour.
2. Beet and Beef Salad
Yesterday’s leftover beefsteak makes a perfect addition to a beet salad. Colorado Springs, CO, caregivers can start by combining one cup of beef or chicken stock with one egg yolk and a tablespoon of Dijon mustard. Slowly add 1/2-cup of vegetable oil. Then, add two teaspoons of lemon juice and one teaspoon of garlic powder. Whisk it together thoroughly. Place one bunch of scallions on a baking sheet and drizzle with oil. Roast them in a 375-degree oven for four minutes. Warm up the leftover steak cut into bite-sized pieces. Add the steak and scallions to your favorite greens. Then, finish by finely dicing three beets and stirring everything together. Serve with your favorite vinegar salad dressing.
3. Beet-Tomato Salad
Start by roasting two pounds of beets in a 400-degree oven for 75 minutes. When cooked, rub them to remove the skins. Then, chop up two pounds of tomatoes into bite size pieces. Chop the beets and add them to the tomato mixture. Throw in a pint of orange cherry tomatoes. Add 1/4-cup cilantro leaves. Sprinkle 1/4-cup feta cheese over the top. Serve with your favorite vinegar-oil dressing.
4. Pickled Beet Salad
Starting with a bag of coleslaw mix makes this pickled beet salad go together very quickly. Combine the mixture with two slices of rye bread cut into bite-sized pieces, 1/4-cup sour cream, three tablespoons horseradish, and two tablespoons Dijon mustard. Toss in four cups of baby spinach and four ounces Havarti cubed cheese. Add one-half pound diced deli-style roast beef and 3/4-cup pickled beets. Toss it all together.
Even if your senior loved one isn’t a fan of beets, he or she will benefit from this effective brain food. Reach out to Home Care Assistance today to learn more about nutrition and how it affects brain health. Our home care in Colorado Springs, CO, provides reliable caregivers that encourage seniors to maintain healthy diets and regular exercise in order to boost overall wellbeing. Call (719) 822-1229 today to learn how your loved one can benefit from our comprehensive in-home care.