Beets have many health benefits and they are trendy again! As indicated on WebMD, they may help improve digestive and gut health, alleviate inflammation, or improve blood pressure among many other things.
Cooked or raw, this root vegetable may not give a very good first impression as it’s not a good looking one… but did you know that beets became a favorite food among world-renowned chefs lately as they create amazing esthetically creative dishes with it? To name just a few and among the best, with 3 Michelin stars:
- Chef Anne-Sophie Pic created a salad recipe associating beets with a surprising Blue Mountain coffee creamy texture.
- Chef Alain Ducasse created a “cookpot”, a colorful dish with sliced roasted beets and veggies that look like a tian or a gratin.
- And Chef Frédéric Anton played with beets in a minimalist way, associating finely sliced beets with Comté cheese. The result is astonishing as it looks like the topping of a pizza!
The good news is that we, lunchbox moms and dads, don’t need to be a chef nor need to spend hours in the kitchen for including beets in our kids’ lunch boxes! There are actually very easy ways to include this superfood in our kids’ lunch boxes. For instance, you can use organic “ready-to-eat” cooked beets! Need a little inspiration to get started? Find below 10 super cool kid-friendly ideas with beets shared for you by the Teuko Community!
#1 Beets simply diced…
#2 … and added in a soup, or in a salad.
#3 Sliced beets, and then cut out… or assembled as a rose!
#4 Beets in a sandwich
Jenna surprised us again with this simple idea to create a sandwich with cream cheese, spinach leaves, and beets! “Simple, fresh, and yummy!” she wrote… and we totally agree!
#5 Beets in sushis
@lunchwiththeseasons created beautiful vegetarian “rainbow” sushis by associating sticks of carrots, bell peppers, beets, avocado, and cucumber inside the Japanese rice and seaweed.
#6 Beets turn a mere muffin into a desirable red velvet one
@ayaanslunchtoday surprised us with this lovely Valentine’s Day lunchbox idea: she carved pieces of an apple into hearts, and she baked beautiful muffins colored with a beautiful red by incorporating beets in the dough! What a smart easy trick!
#7 Beets turn the cream cheese spread into a sweet light pink delight…
This foodie idea came from @ohwhatyum who packed a “Heart Lunch” prior to Valentine’s Day. Sure you can always add a few drops of red food coloring gel in the cream cheese, but for a more natural way, mix a few pieces of beets with cream cheese, and, oh! magic! the cream cheese turns pink!
#8 … or scrambled eggs, crepes, or couscous into a bright pink!
@Ayaanslunchtoday created the surprise again with two of her kid’s lunches by using beets as a natural food coloring ingredient! Who’s going to try pink crepes or pink couscous made out of beets?
#9 Twist Mexican food by swapping corn tortillas with beet tortillas
A genius idea by @parkfamilylunchbox: replace corn tortillas with beets crackers! Not only do these beets crackers add lovely color to your kid’s lunchbox, but they also pair well with guacamole!
#10 Beets transform a Pink Smoothie!
Add beets into a Pink Smoothie (a strawberry smoothie for instance, with milk, almond milk, kefir… or combine beets with blueberries), and you’ll get a very original subtle touch while enjoying the health benefits of this pretty cool food! You can find many options of pink smoothie pouches for kids online that can make for more convenience when on the go. That’s the option chosen by @ninakroghrud in the lunchbox idea above.
How do you like these easy lunchbox ideas with beets curated for you by the Teuko team? Do you have any other recipe you would like to share? Give beets a chance by introducing this under appreciated flavor into your kids’ lunch boxes this year and show us what you do by uploading a photo on Teuko.com!
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