With its arsenal of nutrients and antioxidants, beetroots are a powerhouse of un-beet-able goodness! They can help protect you from the ravaging effects of free radicals, thus lowering your risk of chronic diseases like cancer, arthritis. Beets can also be a powerful ally when it comes to managing blood pressure and even boosting performance levels if you're into sports.
Eat a banana before and after a run. It's full of carbs, antioxidants, vitamin B6, and potassium. Before and as you run, munch on a whole grain, nutty energy bar or just pop in a handful of potassium- and iron-rich raisins. Mix 2 tbsps cereals with 1/2 cup yogurt and 1 tsp honey before a run. Or eat a whole baked beetroot. Drink enough water, about 5–12 ounces every 15 mins during the run. But don't overhydrate yourself.
Beetroots consist of 87% water, 8% carbs, 3% fiber, folate, manganese, potassium, iron, vit C, betanin, inorganic nitrate, vulgaxanthin and less than 60 cals. Smoothie recipe: Combine 1½ cup pineapple chunks, ½ cup sliced cooked beets, ¼ cup celery leaves, 1 cup vanilla almond milk and ½ cup fresh orange juice in a blender and puree until smooth. Serve chilled.
Tracing the Beets roots: Beetroot, botanically-known as Beta vulgaris, evolved from wild sea beet, the ancestor of the beet with which we are familiar today, and is thought to have originated in prehistoric times in North Africa and grew wild along Asian and European seashores. The beetroot taste is described[.....]
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