True story: when I was a kid, the only (and I mean ONLY) vegetable my father would eat was canned beets. And if you’ve ever had a flabby slice of a sad, canned beet you’ll understand my loathing of that veg growing up. Thankfully, beets have come a long way since that dark, aluminum age and are now trending in every restaurant, juice bar and produce aisle. Research has linked beets to everything from heart health and cancer prevention, to lowered cholesterol and inflammation, to better digestive health and well-being. Here are five ways to enjoy this rad red veggie that are as tasty as they are healthy. And hey, if I like them, so will you! 

As a Fat-Fighting Bake

Beets contain manganese which your body needs for carb/fat metabolism and blood sugar regulation. They also contain lots of fiber, making meals more satisfying while promoting regularity. 

Basic Beet Bake

Scrub beats thoroughly then rub them with olive oil and wrap tightly in foil. Roast on the middle rack at 475 until tender and easily pierced with a knife, about an hour. Remove, let cool, then peel off the skin.