Roasted candy cane beets in a white bowl on a black cutting board.

Thyme Roasted Candy Cane Beets

Beets, Liver Detoxification & Acne

When you roast up the beets, the natural sugars caramelize and create the most delicious way to boost your body’s detoxification.

“But Katie, don’t our organs already detox for us?”

Absolutely they do…but only when they’re not clogged up. Good ol’ Mother Nature didn’t design us to receive such an influx of the toxins we bring in to our bodies’ every day. So when these organs get a little too overwhelmed, they aren’t able to do their jobs efficiently.

Our main detoxification organ is the liver. That guy alone is responsible for over 300 functions in the body — including filtering your hormones. And if you have an overload of hormones stuck in your liver, skin issues like acne start to pop up.

Detox Boosting Betalains

Long story short…you need to be eating lots of foods to support liver health. Thanks to the betalains found in beets, they actually speed up the liver’s phase 2 detoxification process. Betalains are what give the beets their signature deep red colour.

In phase 2, your body neutralizes toxins and makes them water-soluble so they can be excreted by the body during your next trip to the bathroom. Clearing out your liver with foods like beets, helps it do its job better and filter acne-triggering hormones on out.

Serves 4-6


Thyme Roasted Beets

Carmalized beets with savoury thyme and a touch of lemon juice make for the perfect liver detoxifying side dish.

15 minPrep Time

40 minCook Time

55 minTotal Time


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  • 2 lbs organic beets, peeled and cubed
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp dried thyme (sub 1 tbsp fresh)
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • Unrefined salt to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 400F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Arrange beets in a single layer on the baking sheet.
  3. In a small bowl, combine avocado oil, garlic and thyme. Drizzle over beets and sprinkle with salt.
  4. Roast for 30-40 minutes (until desired softness is reached).
  5. Remove from oven, scoop into a bowl, and drizzle with lemon juice.
  6. Mix and serve.


Try adding in some chopped carrots, parsnips or any other root veggies to mix it up!

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