Beetroots are one of my favourite vegetables to use in cooking and despite the many benefits of eating beetroot, I often hear people say they are unsure how to cook and use beetroot and pop it in the 'too hard' basket!
So what are the benefits of eating beetroot?
The main health benefits of beetroot are:
- source of dietary antioxidants - beneficial for defending against free radical damage/oxidative stress
- source of fibre
- source of the mineral iron - a great food for those on vegan and/or vegetarian diet
- source of folate, a B-vitamin involved in energy production and healthy brain function
- source of nitrates - linked to reduced blood pressure
What are some ways to use beetroot in cooking?
- for easy roasted beetroot, scrub, dice and toss with extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper and herbs of choice on a baking tray and roast for 30mins or until tender - another way to roast, is to dice and wrap in alfoil and before placing the in the oven
- Grate beetroot, combine with dry uncooked quinoa in a saucepan, add water/stock and cook until quinoa is tender
- roast (as above) combine with tahini, lemon juice, optional garlic, salt and pepper and blend until smooth, enjoy as a dip or spread for sourdough toast
- grate fresh beetroot and carrot and combine with extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper - eat as is or as a dinner side!
- roast and combine with black rice, pomegranate seeds, green peas and walnuts for an antioxidant rich side salad
Casey Dick | Passionate Dedicated Natural Nutritionist | Brisbane, Australia, Dietary Nutritionist, Healthy Body and Mind Advocate, Natural Hormone Balance & Healthy Weight Loss, Natural Skin Health, Anorexia, Eating Disorder Recovery, Orthorexia, Thyroid, Non-dieting Approach, Gut Health, Nutritionist specialises in PCOS, Why can’t I lose weight, Weight Loss Resistance