“To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligent is an art!” – Unknown
We at besties, have always believed in eating healthy and today’s post is dedicated to this superfood called beetroot.
What is beetroot?
Going by the definition, beetroot is the taproot portion of the beet plant, also known as chukandar in Hindi.
The vegetable with its earthy flavours and vivid hues is commonly used in salads, smoothies, pickles, dips etc. and really popular for its health credentials as juice – The Beetroot Juice!
Due to its richness in folic acid, beetroot has many health benefits when consumed during pregnancy. I came across this very interesting read at Mom Junction during my pregnancy – Health benefits of eating beetroot during pregnancy. Mommies-to-be: give it a read!
Important facts about Beetroot
- Beetroot loses more than 25% of its folate when cooked.
- Beetroot is rich in Vitamin C – which is water soluble and can be destroyed on cooking, so it is best to bake or steam it mildly.
- Beetroot juice is known for its numerous benefits in lowering the blood pressure, dementia and purifying the blood.
Tips on incorporating beetroot in your diet
- Shredded/grated beetroot can be used in salads.
- You can make your own beetroot juice by peeling beetroot and combining with other combinations of fruits and vegetables.
- My 20mo old daughter love that pink colour we get from adding steamed, grated beetroot to our curd.
- You can bake your beets with a drizzle of olive oil and favourite herbs.
- We have a healthy recipe shared earlier which makes great use of beetroot in steamed Idlis and is a great food for toddlers as well – Homemade instant Idli
- 1/2 cup cooked and chopped beetroot
- 1 cup soaked and boiled white chickpeas
- 4 tbsp oilve oil
- 4 tbsp fresh curd
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- salt to taste
- 4 clove garlic
- Combine all the ingredients in a mixer and blend to a smooth mixture. Add a little water if it feels too dry.
- Transfer the mixture in a serving bowl.
- Drizzle about a tbsp of olive oil just before serving and garnish with mint/parsley leaves.
Beetroot is likely safe for most people when consumed in the amounts typically found in foods but has certain side effects when consumed in excess so you might want to check the quantity of beets consumed daily.
Eat healthy, stay healthy!