Ever since I tasted beetroot as a schoolkid, I was hooked…food which made your plate go purple! I love beetroot! What’s more, it is terrific for you & has a rising status as a new superfood star.
What’s so good about it? It is particularly high in chemicals called nitrates, which may be responsible for many of it’s benefits. Nitrates, help reduce blood pressure & improve circulation, so beetroot may help prevent heart attacks & strokes, improve sports performance (by increasing delivery of oxygen to the muscles) & delay the onset of dementia (through improved blood flow to the noggin).
Beetroot is crammed with a purple pigment, betacyanin, which helps detoxify the body It is also believed to by a powerful anti-cancer food, an immune system booster (by deoxygenating cells & stimulating the production of new blood cells) & a mood enhancer (through increasing the body’s production of sertonin).
Beetroot is also rich in an anti-oxidant (alpha-lipoid acid) which is brilliant for diabetics as it reduces blood glucose levels & increases insulin-sensitivity. The fibre content also helps keeps you regular!
Superfood Beetroot & Kale Dip (Veggie pate!)
This dip is so tasty & so easy. Throw the ingredients into a blender & whizz to a paste! It is gorgeous as a dip to accompany crudités, on a cheeseboard, an accompaniment to salads & sandwiches instead of of chutney or pickle. What’s more, it is sugar-free!
To add to the nutrient content & thicken up the dip, I use ground chia seeds. For those wanting a more sloppy dip, you can add more olive oil.
Preparation: 5 mins
250g cooked beetroot (not pickled)
80g almonds (or cashews)
2tbsp Extra Virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp balsamic vinegar
1/2 tsp salt
10g fresh coriander
1tbsp ground chia seeds
Pepper to season
Whizz in a blender. Season to taste. Delicious!
I love serving mine on rye bread or toasted wholemeal bread with broccoli, kale & chia soup (recipe also available), as the sweetness & earthiness of the beetroot compliments the freshness of the green soup.
To add an extra nutrient boost, sprinkle ground flaxseeds on top.
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