Healthy Beetroot and Simple Dip Recipe
Beetroot has got to be one of the most valuable of all the root vegetables. Historically though, the root was only used for medicinal purposes, leaving the tops for our consumption. Beetroot greens are delicious today too, and a rather underused salad green. Get eating it!! Now back to the root…
- Beetroot is very rich in nitrates which our bodies transform into nitric oxide. This little chemical is responsible for lowering blood pressure.
- It contains only 37 calories per 100g of raw beetroot, who can argue with that?
- It contains the antioxidant ‘betacyanin’ which is known for giving beetroot its deep red colour.
- It is cited that beetroot improves exercise performance and reduce muscle soreness post exercise.
- It has been stated that beetroot helps to prevent dementia too.
- Being high in silica, beetroot helps our bodies utilise calcium, which in turn helps to prevent osteoporosis.
- If you want to get all frisky, beetroot has been used since roman times as an aphrodisiac as it boosts our sex hormones.
Simple beetroot dip
This simple dip is absolutely delicious and is guaranteed to keep you lean, mean and extremely healthy! Just serve with pitta chips!
- 3 beetroots
- 200g Greek yoghurt
- garlic clove crushed
- drizzle of olive oil
- pinch of salt
To make, just parboil the beetroots and then bake them until they are soft. Peel and quarter them and chuck into a food processor to mix. Combine the Greek yoghurt, crushed garlic and salt and mix together, then stir in the beetroot. Finish with a drizzle of olive oil once placed into a suitable dish. Enjoy!