12 Jun Nothing beats beets
Beetroot! Whether it’s a relish in a burger, the star ingredient of borscht or as a staple of vegetable juice, you can’t beat a beet for health. This chard-like root vegetable has a unique taste and is colloquially known as a ‘blood builder’. With the drastic changes in temperature, it is important to keep your residents’ immune systems as strong as possible. Beetroot could be the perfect ingredient to add into your Winter menus.
Benefits of beetroot
Apart from beetroot’s ability to increase white blood cell count, the reasonably high concentration of nitrates found in beetroot is thought to reduce the risk of heart failure and stroke by dilating blood vessels to decrease blood pressure. Betacyanin, the pigment that gives beetroot its distinctive, rich red colour, is thought to reduce the risk of developing some forms of cancer.
Other benefits of beets include a swag of vitamins and minerals, including calcium, iron and vitamin C, folic acid, fibre, manganese and potassium. Red beetroots have been ranked as one of the 10 most potent antioxidant vegetables and are also one of the richest sources of glutamine, an amino acid, essential to the health and maintenance of the intestinal tract.
So, get some beets into your menu with this simple and delicious Beetroot Coleslaw. Made it? Snap a photo and hashtag it #soupeduprecipes. We love to see your creations on Instagram and Facebook!
|Baby beetroot , Purple||Julienne Cut||g||500|
|Cabbage , Red, Raw||Shredded||g||300|
|Caraway , Seeds, Dried||g||12|
|Vinegar , Apple cider, Commercial||ml||40|
|Mustard , Dijon||g||20|
|Oil , Olive||ml||100|
1. Drain whole baby beets and cut into strips.
2. Shred cabbage.
3. Add seeds to pan, stir over heat until fragrant.
4. To make the dressing: combine vinegar, mustard, orange rind, honey and oil into a bowl and whisk well.
5. Combine beets with cabbage and dressing in bowl; add seeds.