Every restaurant today features a beet salad, and there are so many reasons why this traditional root veg has become a modern must-have. It’s delicious, versatile, and SO good for you!
Know Your "Roots"
Beets are known for their deep red colour which will stain your hands and clothes if you aren’t careful but what else is amazing about these bright beauties? They provide us with essential everyday nutrients like B vitamins, iron, manganese, copper, magnesium, and potassium.
Research suggests that nitrates in beets boost endurance. Athletes who drank fresh beet juice (from 3-5 beets) performed 15% better than others in a study. “Peak nitrate levels occur two to three hours after you eat or drink beets,” so plan accordingly.
Beets are rich in nitrates, betaine, and the B-vitamin folate which research suggests is good for your blood pressure and overall artery health.
It wasn’t so long ago that everyone thought you had to boil or pickle beets. Today we know better! Beets are versatile and delicious raw in salads, added to fresh juices and smoothie bowls.
Yes, boiling beets is fine, but roasting them is divine! Add roasted beets to numerous dishes or eat them on their own. We love beet chips, roasted beet hummus, and of course, borscht!