The Benefits of Beetroot
Over July, Beetroots are a seasonal vegetable, meaning they are currently richer in flavour, more nutritious, cheaper and more environmentally friendly. However, in the vegetable world, they seem to score pretty low down on the list- a bit like marmite, people seem to love them or hate them.
Beetroots are delicious raw and grated in a salad or roasted with lots of olive oil, salt and pepper, and of course juiced into our Clean Beet Juice. We have included a tasty recipe at the end of this blog!
Packed with essential nutrients and have been associated with numerous health benefits, including improved blood flow, lower blood pressure, better brain and heart health and increased exercise performance. Here is a low down of some of the nutrients they are packed with:
Beetroots are high in fiber, providing about 2–3 grams in each 100-gram raw serving.
Fibre important as part of a healthy diet and linked to a reduced risk of various diseases and great for your gut.
Folate (vitamin B9)
A very important B vitamin that is essential for normal tissue growth and cell function and particularly important for pregnant women.
An essential trace element, manganese is found in high amounts in whole grains, legumes, fruits, and vegetables.
A diet high in potassium can lead to reduced blood pressure levels and positive effects on heart health.
An essential mineral, iron has many important functions in your body. It’s necessary for the transport of oxygen in red blood cells.
This well-known vitamin is an antioxidant that is important for immune function and skin health.
If you are still a bit unsure whether you’re a beet fan or not, try out this delicious tahini and beetroot hummus recipe (because everyone loves hummus, right?)
- 4 medium sized beets, scrubbed clean, cooked, peeled, and cubed
- 2 Tbsp tahini
- 5 Tbsp lemon juice
- 1 small clove garlic, chopped
- 1 Tbsp ground cumin
- 1 Tbsp lemon zest
- Generous pinch of sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
Place all ingredients in a food processor (or blender) and pulse until smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings and ingredients as desired.
Chill and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or freeze for longer storage.
Eat with pita chips, or with sliced cucumber or celery, or on a crostini with goat cheese and shaved mint.