Quick and easy to make, beet chips are a great snack while you are on the Dash diet. This recipe takes nutrient rich beets and turns them into little chips of hypertension prevention.
Beets have antioxidants and naturally occurring nitrates. Nitrates are compounds which improve blood flow throughout the body – including the brain, heart, and muscles. These natural nitrates increase a molecule in the blood vessels called nitric oxide, which helps open up the vessels and allows more oxygen flow.
- 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. This makes 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
Sodium: 200 mg
Sugars: 5 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Saturated Fat: .5 g
Fiber: 2 g
Protein: 1 g
Carbohydrate: 7 g