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20+ Easy and Delicious Beet Recipes For You To Try AT Home!

20+ Easy and Delicious Beet Recipes For You To Try AT Home!

Beetroot, commonly called beet has reached popularity as a super food rated as a highway to health after studies claimed that it improves athletic performance, increases blood flow and lowers blood pressure.

    The appealing nutritious red beet can be juiced up too. The beetroot like many other vegetables is a source of nutrients minus the fat-with added protein. The carbohydrate profile of beetroot is unique. They contain a huge percentage of sugar, but have half of the total carbs of starchy veggies like potatoes. Because of the low carbs and fiber content of 3 grams, the effect on blood sugar levels stay moderate.

    If the beets you have still have greens attached remove them as they drain liquid from the beet. Do not throw these greens away. They are edible .

    Beet Helps Us Grow New Cells

    • Folate helps to synthesize DNA and protein and DNA. It is therefore essential for the growth of new cells. A folate deficiency can result in anemia as red blood cells do not reach maturity. Folate also helps to prevents cardiovascular disease. A cup of cooked beetroot supplies one-third of the daily recommended folate (136g)

    Beet is the vegetable you need for healthier bones

    • Manganese is necessary for the cartilage and bones and achieve the resiliency to hold up without breaking. One cup of fresh beets is equal to 23 percent of the recommended daily allowance

    Beet Keeps you a steady “Beet-ing” heart

    • Sufficient potassium helps with blood pressure. A cup of boiled beets has 11 percent of the recommended daily allowance .

    Lets get Down to the Beet ! Time to Enjoy!

    Whether you like them sweetly roasted, pickled , or crunchy chips, there is scrumptious beet recipe for all. Fresh beets take about 30 to 60 minutes to cook, depending on the size .

    Ready to serve these nice beet recipes?

    1. A Simple Beet Serving

      After they are boiled or roasted, serve with lemon or balsamic vinegar

      2. Beet Salad Servings

         Optional choices to add to your salad:

        Apples and Mushrooms

        Mix beet slices with some celery and apples. Add a vinaigrette dressing in sumptuous mushrooms, green peas and sunflower seeds,topped with fresh dill and yogurt.

        Orange and Cabbage

        Equal parts of cabbage and beet and cabbage. Shred beets. Shred the cabbage. Add one navel orange, peeled and chopped.

        Ginger and Carrot

        Beet and ginger are a killer combination. Use equal amounts of carrot and beets. Add in the minced ginger to the mix; mix in some peanut oil, lime juice , and cilantro .

        3. Beet and Goat Cheese Terrine

          A delicious tasty appetizer in a dazzle of goat cheese and beets

          Ingredients:

          • whipping cream
          • 1 Tbsp finely chopped chives
          • 1 Tbsp finely chopped mint
          • 1 tsp finely grated lemon zest, salt and pepper

          Instructions: 

          Boil the beets whole and untrimmed with lemon juice (place whole lemon halves in the water after juicing them), until tender. Drain the beets, cool them and peel. Slice the beets thinly and place in a bowl. Beat the goat cheese with some whipping cream until there is smooth mix . Add remaining ingredients and season.Place a single beet in muffin tin cups and place the goat cheese mixture topping with a beet slice. Chill for two hours and serve

          4. Rich Beet Chocolate Cake

            Health in a delicious mix. It may look full of chocolate but is filled with Beets

            Ingredients: 

            • 2 cup all-purpose flour
            • ¾ cup sugar
            • ⅔ cup Dutch process cocoa powder
            • 1 tsp baking powder
            • 1 tsp salt
            • ¾ cup unsalted butter at room temperature, cut into pieces
            • 2 large eggs at room temperature
            • 1 tsp vanilla extract
            • ¾ cup finely grated cooked beets (about 2 large beets)
            • 1 ¼ cup hot water
            • Frosting : 1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp unsalted butter,1 cup sugar,¾ cup Dutch process cocoa powder,¾ cup whipping cream,1 tsp vanilla extract,½ tsp salt

            Instructions: 

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            Set the oven to preheat at 350 F. Grease cake pans .Sift the flour . Add cocoa, sugar, salt and baking powder. Add the butter and mix . Add vanilla and eggs . Add the beet mix and hot water . Place in cake pan and bake for 35 minutes. Coat with the frosting mixture.

            5. Candied Baby Beets

              A toss on cayenne pepper or some cumin seeds and a delicious tinge to the side dish wonder

              Ingredients: 

              • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
              • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
              • 1 Tbsp Quebec maple syrup
              • 1 cup cooked baby red beets, peeled and cut in half
              • 1 cup cooked striped baby beets, peeled and cut in half
              • 1 cup cooked yellow/golden baby beets, peeled and cut in half
              • sea salt and cracked black pepper to taste
              • ¼ cup chives, sliced

              Instructions: 

              Heat a non-stick skillet adding butter and maple syrup in brown sugar. Simmer until a golden syrup forms. Add the cooked, peeled beets to the syrup and continue to cook until most of the sauce is evaporated and the beets start to caramelize. Turn the heat off and season the beets with sea salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle the candied beets with the sliced chives and serve family style for that perfect family meal.

              6. Spicy Beet Bites

                Ingredients:

                • 1 large beet, cooked and peeled
                • ¼ cup olive oil
                • 1 tsp coriander seeds
                • 1 tsp cumin seeds
                • ½ tsp cumin powder
                • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
                • ½ tsp coarse salt,black pepper to season
                • 1 handful fresh coriander, chopped

                7. Cumin Roasted Beets

                  Ingredients:

                  • 2 Tbsp (30 mL) pomegranate juice
                  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL) lemon juice
                  • 1 tsp (5 mL) Dijon mustard
                  • 3 Tbsp (45 mL) olive oil
                  • 1 tsp (5 mL) kosher salt,freshly ground pepper
                  • 1 lb(s) (500 g) beets
                  • 1 tsp (5 mL) ground cumin
                  • 8 cup (2 L) kale, coarsely chopped, stems and ribs removed
                  • ½ cup (125 mL) Feta cheese, crumbled
                  • ½ cup (125 mL) walnuts, coarsely chopped

                  Instructions: 

                  Stir pomegranate juice with lemon juice and Dijon. Whisk in 2 tbsp (30ml) olive oil. Season with ¼ tsp salt and pepper.Preheat oven to 350ºF. Peel beets. Cut small beets in half, and large beets into quarters. Toss with 1 tablespoon (15 mL) olive oil, cumin, remaining salt and pepper in a large bowl. Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet and cover loosely with foil. Bake for 40 minutes, or until tender. Remove from oven. Combine kale with feta and walnuts in a large bowl. Add vinaigrette and toss to coat. Divide salad between plates. Slice beets into ¾-inch wedges and place over salad.

                  8. Beet Risotto with Asparagus

                    Ingredients:

                    • Risotto: 2 Tbsp olive oil,1 cup diced leeks, washed well,1 cup Arborio rice,½ cup dry white wine,juice of 1 lemon,2 cup coarsely grated fresh beets,2 tsp chopped fresh thyme,2 tsp chopped fresh tarragon,3 cup vegatable stock,salt and pepper
                    • Fricassee: 1 ½ lb(s) asparagus, cut into 1-inch pieces,1 Tbsp olive oil,1 cup diced leeks, washed well,½ lb(s) button mushrooms, quartered,1 tsp chopped fresh thyme,1 tsp chopped fresh tarragon,salt and pepper, lemon juice, to taste, chopped chives, for garnish

                    Instructions: 

                    • Risotto

                    For the risotto, heat a heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat and add the oil. Add the leeks and sauté until they are tender, about 5 minutes. Add the rice and sauté for another minute, then add the wine and lemon juice, simmering while stirring until it has all been absorbed. Add 1 cup of the vegetable stock, the grated beets, thyme and tarragon and reduce the heat to a gentle simmer. Stir the rice frequently, adding the remaining stock, one cup at a time, after the previous addition has been fully absorbed. Season to taste and serve.

                    • Fricassee

                    While the risotto is cooking, prepare the fricassee. Blanch the asparagus in boiling, salted water for 2 minutes, then drain and rinse to cool. Heat a large sauté pan over medium-high heat and add the oil. Add the leeks, mushrooms, thyme and tarragon and sauté until the vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes. Add the blanched asparagus to warm it through, season and add the lemon juice to taste. Serve the fricassee over the beet risotto.

                    9. Autumn Vegetable Salad

                      Ingredients:

                      • 1 lb(s) whole beets (about 4 medium)
                      • 1 ½ lb(s) Yukon Gold potatoes
                      • 1 lb(s) celery root (1 medium)
                      • 6 Tbsp olive oil, salt and pepper
                      • 1 Tbsp white vinegar
                      • 1 Tbsp prepared horseradish
                      • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
                      • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh dill
                      • ¼ cup mayonnaise
                      • ⅓ cup sour cream

                      Instructions: 

                      Preheat oven to 350°F. Peel and dice the beets, celery root and potatoes. Place each in separate baking dishes and toss each with 2 Tbsp of oil and season lightly. Cover each dish with foil and bake until each is tender (celery root takes about 30 minutes, potatoes about 40 minutes and beets 50 minutes). Let cool. Whisk vinegar, horseradish, mustard, dill, mayonnaise and sour cream together. Stir in cooled vegetables and season to taste.

                      10. Heart Beet and Fennel Salad

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                        Ingredients:

                        • ½ cup maple pecans or walnuts
                        • 1 raw beet peeled and coarsely grated
                        • 1 Fuji apple or Granny Smith
                        • peeled, cored, grated
                        • 1 fennel bulb, trimmed and grated
                        • ½ cup fresh mint, roughly chopped
                        • 2 Tbsp fresh basil
                        • 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
                        • ¼ cup olive oil,6 oz Stilton cheese, crumble

                        Instructions: 

                        Grate the beets, and fennel and apple keep in separate bowls. Toss the beets with the mint, basil, oil, and balsamic vinegar. Gently toss in the fennel and apple and top with cheese and nuts. Serve immediately.

                        11. Beet and Goat Cheese Salad

                          Ingredients:

                          • 4 large beets, washed and ends trimmed,
                          • 2 Tbsp olive oil,Salt and pepper,½ cup goats cheese,
                          • Olive oil for drizzling,
                          • Balsamic vinegar for drizzling,
                          • 1 bunch of chopped Italian parsley,
                          • Fresh ground pepper

                          Instructions:

                          Preheat oven to 400°F, Place beets on a sheet of tin foil and drizzle with olive oil and salt and pepper, Wrap tightly and place on a baking sheet. Roast for about an hour, or until easily pierced with a fork. Unwrap and when beets are cool enough to handle, peel them and slice into even wedges.Place in a salad bowl and drizzle with olive oil and vinegar to taste.Crumble goat cheese over top and garnish with parsley and fresh ground pepper.Toss to combine and enjoy!

                          12. Beet and Carrot Dip

                            Ingredients: 

                            • 1 large beet, washed and trimmed,
                            • 2 medium carrots,½ cup sour cream (125ml),
                            • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese (125ml),
                            • 1 green onion, chopped,
                            • 1 Tbsp finely chopped fresh dill (15ml),
                            • 1 tsp orange zest (5ml),
                            • 1 tsp orange juice (5ml),
                            • ½ tsp salt (2ml),
                            • ¼ tsp freshly ground pepper (1ml),
                            • ½ tsp prepared mild horseradish (2-4ml)

                            Instructions: 

                            Place the beets in a microwaveable dish, cover tightly, and microwave on high for 7-8 minutes. Carefully add the carrots to the dish and cover again. Microwave on high for 3-4 more minutes, or until vegetables are tender. Let stand for 10-15 minutes, or until cooled slightly. Peel the skin from the vegetables. Pulse beets and carrots in a food processor with the sour cream, feta, green onion, dill, orange zest and juice, salt and pepper, until smooth. Divide the beet dip into 2 equal portions. Add horseradish, to taste, to the adult portion.

                            13. Beet Salad with Honey Horseradish Dressing

                              Ingredients: 

                              • 6 large beets, unpeeled,
                              • ¼ cup chopped fresh chives,
                              • 2 Tbsp honey,
                              • 2 Tbsp olive oil,
                              • 2 Tbsp lemon juice,
                              • 1 Tbsp creamed horseradish (or to taste),
                              • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped,
                              • Salt and pepper

                              Instructions: 

                              In a large saucepan of boiling water, cook the beets until tender. Drop them into cold water to cool them quickly. Drain and peel. Cut into 1-cm (1/2-inch) thick wedges. Set aside.In a large bowl, whisk together all the ingredients. Add the beets and toss well. Season with salt and pepper. Serve warm or at room temperature.

                              14. Cabbage and Beet Soup

                                Ingredients: 

                                •  1 onion, chopped,
                                • 2 Tbsp olive oil,
                                • 1 Tbsp brown sugar,
                                • 2 Tbsp white wine vinegar,
                                • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and diced,
                                • 2 medium beets, peeled ,
                                • 2 cup finely sliced green cabbage,
                                • 6 cup chicken broth,
                                • ¼ cup flat-leaf parsley, chopped,
                                • Salt and pepper

                                Instructions: 

                                In a saucepan over medium heat, brown the onion in the oil. Add the brown sugar and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Deglaze with the vinegar. Add the remaining ingredients except the parsley. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce the heat and simmer until the vegetables are tender, about 25 minutes. Add the parsley and adjust the seasoning.Serve with open-face sausage and paprika sandwiches

                                15. Pickled Beets

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                                  Ingredients: 

                                  For pickling : Roasted Beets ,1 large red onion, frenched,1 cup tarragon wine vinegar,1 ½ tsp kosher salt,½ cup sugar.1 cup water

                                  Roasted Beets: 6 medium beets, cleaned with 1-inch stem remaining,2 large shallots, peeled,2 sprigs rosemary, 2 tsp olive oil

                                  Instructions: 

                                  Pickling : Remove the skin from the Roasted Beets and slice thinly. Arrange in 1-quart jars alternating layers with the onion. In a small pot boil the rest of the ingredients and pour over the beets. Tightly lid the jars and place in the refrigerator for 3 to 7 days before serving.

                                  Roasted Beets: Preheat oven to 400ºF. In a large bowl toss all of the ingredients. Place into a foil pouch and roast in the oven for 40 minutes.

                                  16.Vegetarian Beet Borscht

                                    Ingredients: 

                                    • 2 large beets, peeled and cubed,
                                    • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed,
                                    • 6 cups water,
                                    • 1 large onion, peeled and chopped,
                                    • ½ tsp sea salt to taste,
                                    • ½ tsp pepper, to taste,
                                    • 1 large bay leaf, dried,
                                    • 1 medium parsnip, chopped,
                                    • 1 medium carrot, chopped,
                                    • 2 large garlic cloves, sliced,
                                    • 3 tsp raw honey,
                                    • 4 large dill sprigs, chopped,
                                    • 1 Tbsp olive oil, to fry

                                    Instructions: 

                                    Put the potatoes, carrot, parsnip, beets and bay leaf in a large pot of water. Add salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and cook for about 15-20 minutes. Sauté the onion, garlic and dill to your liking and then add it to the pot.Cook your combined ingredients in your pot over low heat for another 30 minutes.Enjoy your borscht hot or cold, chunky or pureed!

                                    17. Baked Beet Chips

                                      Ingredients and instructions:

                                      • 3 sliced beets, 1 Tbsp olive oil, 1 pinch salt,2 sprigs rosemary
                                      • Bake sliced beets with olive oil, salt and rosemary at 375ºF for 15-20 minutes.

                                      18.Smoked Herring Potato Salad

                                        Ingredients:

                                        • 2 potatoes, peeled, shredded
                                        • ½ cup smoked herring
                                        • 2 cups pickled beets, shredded
                                        • 1 Granny Smith apple
                                        • 1 tsp grainy mustard
                                        • 1 tsp mayonnaise
                                        • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
                                        • Salt and pepper
                                        • ½ bag kale chips
                                        • 1 sprig dill, loose leaves

                                        Instructions:

                                        Boil the potato until its cooked but not mushy, about 5-10 minutes.In a medium bowl combine potatoes, herring, and beets. Pour a little beet juice in to add color and lightly stir ingredients together. Use a mandolin to shred the granny smith apple and place into ½ the lemon juice and some water. Add the remaining lemon juice, mayonnaise, and grainy mustard to the salad. Remove half of the shredded apple from the lemon water. Gently mix the salad together. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Place a nest of kale chips in the center of the serving plate or bowl. Gently layer some salad on top. Next layer on some of the remaining shredded apple, more salad, and top off with more apples. Sprinkle with dill to serve

                                        19. Beet Heart with Chevre

                                          Ingredients

                                          •  5 medium sized beets
                                          • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
                                          • 1 cup chèvre (250 ML)
                                          • 1 handful Fresh chives

                                          Instructions: 

                                          Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 C) Rub beets in oil then wrap in foil and roast for 1 hour or until fork tender in centre.Remove beets from foil and cool. Peel skins off beets by just rubbing with fingers (If you want to protect skin from colour, use gloves). Slice beets into rounds about 1/2-inch (1 cm) thick. With a small heart cookie cutter, cut out heart shape out of the beet slices. Transfer hearts ( 2 to 4 per person)to individual serving plates.Top with crumbled chèvre and garnish with chives.

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                                          19. Beet and Potato Latkes

                                            Ingredients:

                                            Latkes : 3 large beets, ½ yellow onion,3 Adora or yellow-flesh potatoes,½ cup all-purpose flour,2 eggs¼ cup fresh dill, chopped2 – 3 cloves garlic, minced,Pinch of salt and freshly ground pepper,Canola oil.

                                            Crème Fraîche : 2 cups full-fat sour cream,1 Tbsp fresh dill, chopped,½ cup whipping (35%) cream,Pinch Kosher salt

                                            Eggs and Spinach: White vinegar, 8 eggs, Canola oil, 1 clove garlic, minced, 2 cup lightly packed spinach leaves,Splash dry white wine, Kosher salt

                                            Instructions:

                                            Latkes

                                            Using a box grater, shred beets and onions into a small colander set inside a bowl. Using the back of a spoon, press juices out (discard juices). Using the same box grater, shred potatoes and transfer to a bowl of cool water as you work to prevent oxidization. Drain well. In a large bowl, combine shredded beets and onions, shredded potatoes, flour, eggs, dill, garlic, and salt and pepper to taste. Preheat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add a splash of oil. Drop palm-sized handfuls of the latke mixture into the hot pan and, using a spatula, flatten (patties should be 4 to 5 inches in diameter and no thicker than a 1/4 inch). Cook until browned, about 4 to 5 minutes per side.

                                            Crème Fraîche

                                            In a small bowl, combine all of the ingredients. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

                                            Eggs and Spinach

                                            Fill a pot of with water, add a splash of vinegar, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and poach a few eggs at a time (5 minutes to retain soft and runny yolks, or longer, to taste). Transfer poached eggs to a plate lined in paper towel and set aside until ready to serve. Meanwhile, in a skillet over medium, heat a splash of oil. Sauté garlic for 2 minutes, until fragrant. Add spinach and cook until just wilted, about 1 minute. Add wine and salt and cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 to 3 minutes (be careful not to overcook spinach; it should be bright green). Remove from heat.

                                            To Serve

                                            1. To Serve: Divide latke patties among servings plates. Top with a mound of spinach, and then a poached egg. Dollop each egg with crème fraîche and garnish with red peppers. Serve with fresh fruit alongside.

                                            20. Black Bean Beet Hummus

                                              A hummus and Beet mixture in delectable Pita

                                              Ingredients:

                                              • 1 raw beet, roughly chopped,
                                              • 2 cloves garlic, peeled,
                                              • 1 cup cooked black beans, drained and rinsed if using canned,
                                              • ¼ cup tahini, 2 Tbsp lemon juice,
                                              • 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar (preferably aged),
                                              • 1 tsp ground cumin,
                                              • ½ tsp salt
                                              • Serving: Whole wheat pita bread, Thinly sliced radishes,Sesame seeds,Fresh herbs of choice

                                              Instructions: 

                                              Pulse the beet and garlic into a food processor until it is finely minced. Add r hummus ingredients puree.Place in serving bowl. Preheat oven to 375°F. Place pitas on a baking tray and warm for approximately 7 minutes, or until desired temperature. Remove from oven and slice into wedges. Serve with hummus, garnished with radishes, sesame seeds and herbs.

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                                              12 Sad Things That You Should Learn to Be Grateful For Instead

                                              12 Sad Things That You Should Learn to Be Grateful For Instead

                                              The best part about life is how unpredictable it can be. Unfortunately, that can also be what many consider to be the worst part of life too. The unpredictable roller-coaster of life offers many people the hope for a better tomorrow. It also creates the worry that others have that causes them to wait for “the other shoe to drop”.

                                              This brings the question of how should you handle sad things. If sad things are a part of life, why does it seem some handle life a little better than others?

                                              The key lies within the perspective you give the events in your life.

                                              When sad things happen to you or someone you know, what do you tell yourself? If you speak negatively to yourself and internalize the event, then you are only going to make things worse. When you tell yourself “you always mess up“ or “you deserve this bad thing to happen in your life“, you turn yourself into the victim.

                                              Do not allow sad things in your life become your life. Instead, assign the blame outside of yourself.[1]

                                              Tell yourself things like, “this could have happened to anyone“ or “things could have been much worse.“ This subtle shift in mindset enables you to bounce back much quicker. This is because you are no longer assigning your self-value based on the events in your life.

                                              It is never fun to blame yourself for things you could not control. That is why it is better to focus what you can control; things like your attitude, reaction, and mindset when you are sad.

                                              Instead of focusing on what went wrong, try to focus on what went right. It is rare that everything goes wrong. Even though you may feel that way in the moment, if you take a moment to assess the situation, you will realize there is always something to be grateful about.

                                              Here’s how to give these sad things meaning and learn to be grateful about them:

                                              1. Death of a Parent

                                              The death of a loved one is always difficult, especially your parent. They have mentored, cared and given you the best years of their life. They believed in you when others doubted you and they were always your biggest fan. It feels like there is a void that will never be filled.

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                                              Keep in mind that the beauty of life is the fact that it ends. That is what make how we live each day so important. One of the cool things about a funeral is all the stories you get to hear about the person. It is a reminder that they were human just like you. They had dreams, aspirations, and fears. Funerals should be focused on celebrating the life more than mourning the death.

                                              2. Being Diagnosed with a Disease

                                              You are sitting in the doctor’s office. You have not been feeling well over the past couple weeks and assume it is nothing big. You probably went to the doctor just to be on the safe side. The doctor sends you home and says they will call in the week with the results. A few days later, you get the call from the doctor’s office and find out you have a serious disease.

                                              This can feel like a punch to the gut. You went from feeling invincible to feeling like your life will never be the same. Whenever you have the ability to know what is going on inside of you, think of it as a blessing. Your body is designed to signal to you when things are not working at optimum levels.

                                              Another way of thinking about this is if you could not feel the burning oven, you would not know to move your hand and could end up losing it. The same goes for when you are diagnosed with a disease. You now have the knowledge to make changes in your life.

                                              3. Ending a Marriage

                                              Change is one of the few guarantees you have in life. Overtime, partners can grow closer together or they can grow further apart. While divorce is not something to be taken lightly, neither is staying together. Marriage is where two people with different backgrounds, beliefs and feelings come together to create a new person. This person should be balanced, compassionate, and considerate of their spouse.

                                              It is hard to end a relationship that was supposed to last forever. However, staying in an abusive or toxic relationship is not good for your health. In some situations, it would be better to live alone than it would be to stay with your spouse.

                                              It is never a failure to make the best decision with the best information you have available. If the information that resulted in your marriage were to drastically change over time, then there is nothing wrong with admitting that divorce is a reasonable conclusion.

                                              4. Losing Your Job

                                              Losing your job is a tough one because of the amount of time you spend at work. Outside of sleeping, most people spend the majority of their life at work.

                                              This causes the loss of job to feel like failure and a loss of identify. Not to mention a lack of income to cover your lifestyle.

                                              While this may be the case for many, losing your job may be the opportunity you need to chase your dream life. Each of us have settled at some point in our life and we look for a sign that we should strive for something more.

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                                              If you find yourself performing well at your work and you were fired for a reason you were not aware of, then it might be a sign you were not meant to be there.

                                              5. Children Moving Away

                                              As you age, the sad things in your life will transform as well. You have spent the better part of twenty years raising your kids to be upstanding adults. It never seemed as if they would ever grow up, but somehow they have. They not only want to move out of the house, but they want to move out of the state or country.

                                              In this moment, you realize your relationship with your children is never going to be the same again. Much like losing your job, you have devoted so much time over the last few decades into raising your children. The idea that they “don’t need you” is a sad thing many parents have to endure.

                                              While it may not feel this way all the time, it is actually a time to celebrate. For your children to have the option to move away from home, it means you have set them up for success. You have taught them how to be independent and courageous individuals.

                                              The truth is, you do not really want them to live with you forever. You are nervous about the uncertainty and change in your life, but you are excited to see what your children make of their own.

                                              6. Failed Business Venture

                                              You had a vision and took a leap of faith. You invested half of your retirement into starting a business. You feel the business will work as long as you do not give up. As a result, you continue to pour additional resources into your failing business.

                                              When you are out of money and the bills are mounting, you are left with no other option than to close up the shop. This feeling can be one of the toughest times in your life. Not only do you find yourself with a failed company, but no money for your retirement.

                                              It is unfortunate that so many people look at failure as a bad thing. Failure is actually a very good thing. Failure means you have taken a risk and learned something you can only learn by taking action.

                                              This information could be the missing piece to your next successful business venture. If it is not, you at least get to live with the peace of mind that you went for it. Too often, people find themselves playing it safe and end up with a life filled with regret. By taking risks and allowing yourself to fail, it is less likely you will have a feeling of regret later in life.[2].

                                              7. Not Performing Your Best on the Big Stage

                                              People tend to believe they only have one opportunity on the big stage and when it is gone, it is gone forever. While the circumstances may not be the exact same, you will always have another opportunity. Life provides you with the amazing ability to learn and grow from your experiences.

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                                              If you feel you were not well prepared for the event, this experience will ensure you that there will be the next time. This is often the case when people talk about sporting events. The team that has been the Super Bowl or the World Series before usually is given the edge when the talent of the two teams is similar. By having experienced the big game already, they know what the moment feels like and can prepare accordingly.

                                              8. Investment Didn’t Work

                                              You thought you found the next big thing and poured your entire fortune into this project only to find out the CEO was a crook and ran off with the money. Sounds crazy? Of course it does. However, things like this happen more often than we like to realize.

                                              Whether you are talking about a Ponzi or pyramid scheme, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. You need to do your research and make sure you are not looking for a get-rich quick scheme.

                                              The good news is, money is something you can always replenish. Money is not as precious as time. Time is something you cannot get back.

                                              9. Loving Someone Who Doesn’t Love You Back

                                              It is a sad thing when you love someone and they don’t love you back. The best thing you can do it is to admit your feelings and see how they feel. You may discover they feel the same way, but you may also discover they do not see you that way.

                                              The best thing that can happen is for you to have the chance to know how they feel, so you can determine if you want to continue to pursue them. The worst thing that can happen is you never tell someone how you feel and they never tell you how they feel. Then you are living a life of stagnation. You do not have the closure needed to move on and you may find yourself alone and full of regret.

                                              By telling someone you love them and finding out they are not interested in you, you are free (in-time) to move and find someone who completes you.

                                              10. Ruined a Relationship

                                              Similar to a marriage, if your relationship with a close friend or family member grows apart, you should take a moment to understand the cause. If you were in high school together and one of you moved away to attend college and the other stayed in town, then geography and interest have driven you apart.

                                              If you are married with children and your friend is single and ready to mingle, then it stands to reason that your relationship may strain.

                                              The best thing you can do in any situation is be as authentic and honest as possible. You never want to maintain a relationship by forcing yourself to be something that you are not. By being your authentic self, you will always draw people with similar passions to you and repel those who have a lack of interest.

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                                              11. Abandoned as a Child

                                              The feeling of rejection is one of the most difficult feelings to grapple. It is why people fear public speaking more than they fear death. The fear of rejection is also why people hate cold calling and dislike sales in general.

                                              Everyone likes to feel wanted and accepted for who they are. When your parents abandoned you early in your life, it is something that many people cannot overcome.

                                              While the result may not have been what you would have done, consider the possibility that you were raised in a better environment than your parents would have provided. If that was not the case, your children will benefit by your promise to never abandon them.

                                              Sometimes sad things happened in our life and there is nothing we could have done about it. Yet, the experience enables you to understand the importance of shielding your children from the feeling of abandonment.

                                              12. No Luck Having Kids

                                              You grew up in a big family and your dream is to have a big family of your own. As you have noticed with the sad things we have discussed so far, life does not always go as we plan. Having difficulty getting pregnant or carrying a baby to full-term is tough on everyone.

                                              The good news is there are a lot of kids in the world who need your love. Whether you travel down the road of adoption, or you choose to volunteer your time as a mentor. You still have the ability to significantly impact the life of a child and they will love you for it.

                                              Final Thoughts

                                              There is nothing anyone can do to avoid sad things occurring in their life. Sad things are going to happen whether you are chasing your dreams or playing it safe. The best thing you can do is to give yourself the opportunity to live your dream life by taking risks. These risks may not always work out as you intended, but they will always place you exactly where you need to be.

                                              As I always say, be content in results, not complacent in effort. As long as you did your best, you can be grateful for the experiences, no matter where they take you.

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                                              Reference

                                              [1] Psychology Today: Shame and the Pendulum of Blame
                                              [2] Pennsylvania State University: Regret in Decision Making

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