Written By Gracie
If superheros were vegetables then beetroot (or ‘beet’ if you’re american) would be one! Beetroot is SO powerful with endless health benefits, so many that it’s impossible to list them all.
They are rich in colour and earthy flavour. The benefits decrease once the beetroot is cooked so where possible try to have it raw.
– Low in fat
– Low in calories
– Full of vitamins and minerals
– Full of antioxidants
– High in fibre
– Rich in vitamin C
– High in iron
– High in potassium
– High in magnesium
– High in calcium
– Boosts stamina and fights fatigue
– Rich in folic acid (so fantastic for pregnant woman)
– Helps reduce blood pressure
– Prevents the risk of heart attacks and strokes
– Prevents the risk of some cancers
– Reduces the risk of osteoporosis
– Lowers cholesterol
– Low GI
– Helps slow down and protect against dementia and Alzheimer’s (according to a study by Wake Forest University in North Carolina)
– Boosts the immune system
– Detoxifying (help purify your blood and liver)
The list of benefits should be enough for anyone to love this vegetable. If you aren’t used to eating it then start off by having small amounts as it can be quite harsh on your stomach. Once you get used to it you can build up the quantity.
How To Use It:
My favourite way to have beetroot is to juice it. The picture below is of a beetroot juice I made recently. I added 1 beetroot (peeled), fennel, celery, cucumber, apple, lemon, kale and carrot. You can see how beetroot over powers the rest in colour. Other ways to have beetroot raw would be to use a spiralizer or grater and add it to salads. I also love having beetroot roasted (even though it takes away some of the nutrients). Pour a dash of olive oil over with some salt, pepper and herbs and roast on a low heat for 45 mins- 1 hour.
***This juice is AMAZING if you’ve had a heavy night. Not only does it replenish your body with all the nutrients you’ve lost through alcohol and lack of sleep but the detoxifying properties of beetroot on your liver is amazing. We all know how harsh alcohol can be on your liver and you only get one so give it a treat with some beet ;)***
Where To Buy:
N.B: If you get the beetroot with stalks and leaves put all of it through the juicer as they have benefits as well 🙂