Beetroot has taken center stage since the 2013 Paralympics when athlete David Weir won four gold medals and boasted it was promoted by regularly consuming beetroot juice. Beetroot has been found to lower systolic blood pressure by 4-5 points with just one glass a day.
It’s thought to stem from the nitrates found in beets that are then converted into nitric oxide by the body. Daily life can require just as much stamina as that needed by Olympians and by giving these creative beetroot dishes a go, we are sure you will be left feeling more energetic.
1. Beetroot & Potato Curry
Make extra curry so you can freeze some–you will have a healthy go-to dish when life gets busy, helping to reduce your chances of opting for store-bought junk food loaded with chemicals, salt, and added sugar.
Beet consumption has been found to increase stamina and tolerance for high-intensity exercise.
Recipe @ monsoonspice
2. Vegan Chocolate Beet Cake
Making cakes from scratch is far healthier than choosing store-bought: you know exactly what ingredients (and how much) have been used.
Food labels are not required by law to list every single ingredient; even if they do, any one ingredient can have several other names, making it even harder and more confusing to know exactly what you are eating.
Try using coconut oil instead of canola in this recipe for additional nutrition (and flavor!).
Recipe @ thefussyfork
3. Vegetable Crisps
These homemade vegetable crisps are healthier than what you can buy at the supermarket because they are oven-baked and not fried. This matters because it means the oil has not been subjected to extremely high temperatures and the food will retain more of its nutrients.
Using four different types of vegetables as this recipe does is a great way for both adults and kids to boost their daily intake in an easy and tasty way.
Recipe @ macnifique!
4. Greek Zucchini & Beetroot Fritters
Providing a unique Greek twist to the usual vegetarian burger recipes out there, this one will quickly become a favorite on your “Meat-free Mondays”.
Beetroots don’t just contain vital nutrients like protein, phosphorous, fiber, zinc, vitamin B6, magnesium, potassium, copper, and manganese, but they are also rich in decent amounts of vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, and iron.
Recipe @ zaikazabardast
5. Beetroot & Millet Burgers
Served with a side salad or your homemade vegetable crisps, this beetroot burger recipe packs a good dose of protein and other nutrients from the eggs used to bind the ingredients together. Daily intake of protein-rich eggs can help to keep energy levels stable and repair damage to the body where it may be needed.
The beetroot gets its deep crimson color from its unique phytonutrients called betalains, which according to research have been found to potentially ward off cancer, including those of the breast and prostate.
Recipe @ greenkitchenstories
Boiling water poured on beet juice will prevent it from staining fabric. Just in case.