Oven Baked Beet Chips originally posted on Pink Fortitude.
Beets contain a phytonutrient aptly called betaine. Betaine plays an important role in the conversion of homocysteine to methionine and can therefore help reduce excess homocysteine. The betaine pathway becomes extra important for those with MTHFR deficiencies since it provides an alternative route for this important conversion, bypassing any genetic deficiency.
Beets are also high in vitamin C, fiber, potassium, protein, folate, and manganese. They may help lower blood pressure, fight cancer, and support detoxification.
Don’t forget about the greens! They are crazy full of antioxidants. Beet greens have more iron than spinach and are full of protein, phosphorus, zinc, fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, and iron.
The smaller beets may be a (beet) more difficult to handle, so try and get as big of beets as possible.
You want to slice the beets as thin as possible, either with a knife or mandolin. First, let them sit and marinate a bit in the olive oil and salt. Give it a drizzle and a shake and a toss and let them all hang out together for about 30 minutes or so.
More Methylation Resources
- FREE article Methylation – What’s All the Fuss?
- Methylation Diet & Lifestyle eBook: The Foundations for A More Comprehensive and Safer Approach to Healthy Methylation and Genetic Expression (for professionals and savvy consumers)
- EVERYDAY MDL – Recipes for the Methylation Diet & Lifestyle Program for Optimal Genetic Expression eBook
- FREE Methylation Adaptogens PDF
- Cleveland Clinic Webinars on the Methylation Diet & Lifestyle (for professionals)
|Oven Baked Beet Chips|
- Cut off ends and slice beets very thin using a knife or mandolin
- Place in a medium bowl and drizzle with the EVOO and sea salt. Toss.
- Let sit for 30 minutes
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees
- Place beets on a greased baking sheet
- Bake at 300 degrees for 30 minutes.
- After 30 minutes check every 5-10 minutes and take out the beets that are curled and crisp.
- Total baking time will be closer to one hour, but be sure to watch them as individual beets will bake quicker than other and you don't want them to burn.
“Covered in aluminum foil”? Really? Doesn’t aluminum negatively affect the methylation cycle in people with MTHFR variants? Why would you add that into the cooking process?
Totally understand! While aluminum typically only leaches with acidic ingredients (lemon, tomato, wine), we agree it’s better to avoid if possible. Aluminum and other heavy metals are particularly disruptive at the level of DNA methylation.
Can probably use unbleached parchment paper instead of foil or greasing the pan \○/