Winter is a total zapper when it comes to your energy levels and overall immunity. I don’t know about you, but all I want to do is curl up on the couch in front of the fire and eat sweet treats, day in and day out. Obviously, this isn’t going to end well for my health!
So to combat, I increase my intake of energy boosting, immunity aiding, detoxifying nutrients and food. Especially now that I’m going through some immunity ups and downs and need that extra support!
One of my favourites is beets, specifically Beetroot! Not only are these baby’s sweet to taste (a great substitute for too many sweat treats, raw or not) but they have loads of body boosting benefits! I’m all about the B’s today!
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF BEETS?
Energy Boosting – Consuming beetroot increases energy levels, stamina and performance. By increasing the oxygen carrying capacity of the blood and decreasing the amount required for the muscles to function at their best.
Powerful Antioxidant – Beets strengthen internal antioxidant defences, which help the fight against free radicals.
Lowers Blood Pressure – Beets are full of Nitrates which convert into Nitric Oxide, a handy helper of good blood flow and blood pressure.
Aids Detoxification – The glutathione’s that form from the betalians in Beets, helps the body to neutralize toxins and make them water-soluble. Making it easier for the body to flush them out via Urine. In-turn, this reduces the load on the liver, further assisting the body in detoxification.
Supports Cognitive Health – In older people, Beets increase the blood flow to part of the brain that otherwise may not function at an optimum level. It is said that the nitrate in the Beets is what does the trick to help with better blood flow to that noggin of yours.
Fights Diabetes – The antioxidant alpha-lipoic acid, helps to lower blood glucose levels and increases insulin sensitivity and prevent oxidative stress-induced changes in people with diabetes.
High Source of Folate – Brilliant for baby making time or when you have your period! Beets have a high source of Folate DV which helps the body make new cells, by copying and synthesizing DNA.
Tastes Epic! – Not to mention the fact that it tastes terrific, sweet, rich, earthy and can be used in savoury or sweet dishes. Below I have put together a beet soup for you to try!
If you struggle with the idea of eating Beetroot every day or just don’t like the taste, there’s a simple way to remedy this issue.
Phyton Whole Foods now has a handy beetroot supplement in easy to swallow tablet form! Developed by the food innovation team at Monash University, you can now get 60 tablets for only $10 at Coles Supermarkets. A no brainer!
BEET ENERGY BOOSTING SOUP
- Olive Oil
- 1 Brown Onion, diced
- 1 Litre Beef or Chicken stock
- 2 Garlic Cloves, diced
- ¼ head of Purple Cabbage, shredded
- ½ Fennel, shredded
- 3 Potatoes, cubed
- 3 Beetroots with leaves, diced (leaves shredded)
- Salt & Pepper to season
- 2 Tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
- Natural Yogurt
- Lightly fry the beetroot leaves till translucent, then set aside.
- Pan fry garlic for a minute then add beetroot & potato, keep stirring and add in the stock.
- Simmer for 30 minutes till beets and potatoes are soft.
- Add the cabbage, fennel and beet leaves back to the pan and cook for a further 5mins.
- Add apple cider vinegar and season with salt & pepper.
- When you serve, garnish with a spoon of yogurt and a few sprigs of fennel fronds (those frilly leaves on the top of the fennel!).
- Enjoy your yummy soup 🙂