Beets have been shown to deliver a decent dose of vitamin C, iron, folate and magnesium, and are an excellent source of dietary fibre. They’re also rich in nitrites, and a unique source of betacyanin, both important for a healthy heart
How to prepare beetroot
If you want to add beets raw to salads or to spice up a coleslaw, simply wash and grate them or put them through your spiraliser.
You can also bake beetroots or boil them.
Put washed beets on a baking sheet, skin on, and cook on 200ºc for 45 minutes to an hour (they’re done when you can easily pierce them with a fork.) When they have cooled, peel the skin off.
Add the beetroot to a pot of boiling water for 25 to 30 mins, then pop them straight into a bowl of ice water. Now you can easily peel the skins and add to your recipes (or eat as is.)
If you’re too time poor to cook them, they can often be purchased cooked and peeled in the pre-packaged salad section of your supermarket, or grab a can, open and rinse!
1. Beetroot boost detox juice
- 1 x beetroot
- 1 -2 oranges
- 1 tbs fresh ginger
- ½ tsp ground cardamom
How to make
In a blender, mix chopped and peeled beetroot & oranges, sliced ginger and ground cardamom
The combination of beetroot and orange gives you a healthy dose of antioxidants. Warming ginger and cardamom help to soothe and support digestion.