B is for beetroot

JuiceGuest blog by  Susan Aldridge, freelance writer and editor based in London, with an interest in medicine, health, science and food/nutrition.

There are all sorts of claims for the health benefits of beetroot, some of which are well researched. For instance, beetroot juice has been found to lower blood pressure due to the high content of nitrates. Other attributes that beetroot is said to have are that it increases the blood flow to the brain when nitrates are converted to nitrites in the mouth, and that it cleanses the blood.

There’s no doubt that it is packed with nutrients including: beta-carotene, calcium, folic acid, iron, magnesium, potassium, Vitamins A, B6 and C. Another less popular suggestion is that beetroot juice can be good for the sinuses when sniffed up the nostrils!

Rainbow juice

Serves 1

Carton of blueberries
One beetroot
Handful of tomatoes
Two oranges, peeled
One lemon
Bunch of spinach
Large lump of ginger, peeled

Juice the above ingredients and drink immediately. For a version of Rainbow Juice that is a little less sweet, substitute three peeled carrots for the oranges.

Beetroot and carrot salad
Serves two

Two (raw) beetroot
Four carrots
Handful of walnuts or almonds
Handful of mixed seeds
Slice or grate the beetroot and carrot. Add nuts and seeds and dress with flaxseed oil, cider vinegar and lemon.
Pink pasta
Serves two

One large red onion

Pack of cooked beetroot, chopped
50g half-fat crème fraiche
150g pasta (any kind)
100g feta cheese, crumbled
Chopped mint

Put the pasta on to cook. Then saute the onion in coconut oil to soften, then add the chopped beetroot to warm through. Add the crème fraiche and stir, making a chunky sauce. Stir into the cooked pasta. Top with the feta and finish with the mint.

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