Getting the nutrition we need in our daily diets sometimes seems difficult. Finding hearty, nutritious options that we can eat in a hurry can be even harder. Working nutrition into our busy schedules may be a challenge. Luckily, this fast and easy recipe is no sweat to prepare and packs a bunch of nutrition. This simple combination of eggs and beets may seem bland, but believe me when I say it’s bursting with flavor. More than that, it’s a colorful snack perfectly suited for any holiday or seasonal table. These brightly colored eggs are so festive even the kids are sure to love them.
2 cans (15 ounces each) whole beets
12 hard-boiled large eggs, peeled
1 cup sugar*
1 cup water
1 cup cider vinegar
- Drain beets using a strainer into a measuring bowl. Reserve 1 cup juice (discard the rest or save for another use).
- Place beets and eggs in a 2-qt. glass jar.
- In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, water, vinegar, and reserved beet juice and bring to a boil. Cool slightly.
- Pour over beets and eggs; cool completely.
- Cover tightly and refrigerate for at least 24 hours before serving.
Enjoy the eggs and beets alike!
*Try using less sugar for a healthier option that still tastes great!
While we love how easy this recipe is to make, it’s a toss-up which is the best part – the great taste or the nutritional value. Both beets and eggs offer nutritional benefits when added to our diet. Together, we get the best of what they both have to offer.
Beets are low in calories, yet high in essential vitamins and minerals. In fact, they contain at least trace amounts of almost every vitamin and mineral your body needs. (1,2) Beyond these basic building blocks of nutrition, beets have other promising benefits. Studies have shown that beets can contribute to significantly lowering blood pressure. (3, 4) Among the many nutritional components of beets are pigments called betalains. Studies with rats have found that these betalains may possess a number of anti-inflammatory properties. (5, 6)
Eggs are not only filling, but they are an excellent source of energy and protein. (7) Protein is one of the most crucial macronutrients for our body’s health. It plays a massive role in the creation and repair bones, muscle, cartilage, skin, and blood. One large egg can contain up to 7 grams of protein. (8) Eggs also provide a good source of vitamin A, D, and E. However, it is most rich in vitamin B12, one large egg supplies 20 percent of our recommended daily value. Vitamin B12 is important to the health of the body’s nerve and blood cells. It is also used in creating DNA. (9) One egg contains 35 percent of our daily value of biotin. Biotin is key to our hair, nail, and skin health. (10) Eggs also contain a high amount of the essential nutrient choline. Along with vitamin E, choline can help boost both brain health, development, and memory. (11)
Whether for a springtime shower snack table or for a hearty snack on the go, give these pickled eggs and beets a try. There’s nothing better than trying out a new recipe that’s so delicious, and good for you too!