How often do you include beetroot in your diet? Super-charged with powerful nutrients and a distinctly sweet and earthy flavor, beetroot deserves to be in your culinary repertoire.
These red root vegetables are a unique source of phytonutrients called ‘betalains’, which have been shown to provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and detoxification support.
Beets can be incredibly delicious when prepared properly. They have an earthy flavor that blends well with fruits and veggies to make a nutritious beet-flavored smoothie. You can also enjoy it boiled into a stew, as a food dip or spread and they can even satiate your sweet tooth in the form of delicious beet-pudding/cakes.
So, if you haven’t tried beets yet, then maybe the below listed health benefits and recipes will help change your mind. Beetroots are both super healthy and packed full of flavor!
Beetroot is a good source of vitamin B folate, critical for conception, and preventing neural tube defects in the fetus. It helps prevent anemia and contains large amounts of soluble fibers, flavonoids and a powerful antioxidant, betacyanin, which reduces the oxidation of LDL cholesterol (the ‘bad’ cholesterol), preventing it’s arterial wall deposits. It helps stabilize the blood sugar levels while satiating the sugar craving, thus very much suitable for diabetics. Beetroots are a powerful aphrodisiac too! Read more to explore amazing health benefits of beetroot.
Beetroot supports liver detoxification and bile production for the digestion of dietary fats. Substances called ‘betacyanins’ in beetroot have been found to support the second phase of liver detoxification. During this second phase, wastes that have actually been made more reactive and harmful during the first phase of detoxification are attached to substances that allow them to be excreted safely from the body. To be in optimal health and to protect our body from excessive free radical damage, we need this second phase to work really efficiently!
The combination of beetroot with chocolate works beautifully together to make a rich, moist and sumptuous Beetroot Chocolate Cake. Not only does beetroot improve its moisture content, it also adds a sugar boost to the cake, increasing its sweetness. Thus, we get a crave-able deep chocolate flavor with the benefit of beetroot’s wide range of health-boosting qualities.
If you like beets, and you like hummus, you will love this ‘Beet Hummus’! The ingredients are beets, tahini, garlic, lemon, ginger, and salt and pepper. This easy, colorful appetizer recipe is super creamy and light. You can serve it as an appetizer with pita bread or crackers, but it can also be nudged toward a light main dish, too!
This pickled beets recipe is simple and unfailingly delicious! Pickled beets which are a wonderful combination of sweet and sour tastes also make an amazing stand alone dish. For best results, consume them prior to eating your meal to stimulate digestion.
This nutritiously filling stew is made with vata-friendly root veggies – beets, yams, carrots, and potatoes in a base of protein-rich quinoa and split mung beans. Eating this regularly makes you energetic, enthusiastic, and creative. Also, for all the women folks, as per Ayurveda, eating this stew balances the monthly cycle.
Beetroots can lower blood pressure due to their high content of inorganic nitrates, which may lead to reduced risk of heart disease and several other diseases. Studies have shown that beetroots, or beetroot juice, can reduce blood pressure by up to 3-10 mm/Hg over a period of a few hours!
This smoothie combo packs a punch, with plenty of gorgeous berries to bring in just the right flavor balance. As a group berries are all good to excellent sources of vitamin C. Their blue and red pigments are powerful antioxidants that can neutralize bad bacteria and help fight off cancer. Beetroot adds a rich earthy, slightly bitter, taste to any smoothie. If you are not sure you will like it then try using just half a beetroot in this recipe.
Nitrates can also be found in leafy green vegetables as well, but beet juice is packed with the most antioxidants. Drinking plain fresh beet juice can be really strong for most people, therefore, we recommend mixing it with fruits like pineapple for sweetness or other vegetables, such as carrots, celery, spinach, and/or cucumber.
This amazing pink drink helps detox the body completely. Beetroot is one of the best-known liver cleansers and avocados help lower blood pressure, lubricate joints and is anti-inflammatory in nature. The other ingredients such as celery are rich in fiber and also works as a great diuretic.