Beets are rich in minerals and aid in liver detoxification. As we prepare for spring, they are an excellent ingredient to include in roasted vegetable dishes, soups, and in baked goods, too. They lend an earthy sweetness to any dish.
These beautiful root vegetables come in red, pink, yellow and striated varieties. They are a unique source of phytonutrients called betalains. These plant nutrients provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification support. They are an excellent source of manganese and vitamin C, which support nervous system health.
Foods belonging to the chenopodium family — including beets, chard, spinach and quinoa — are also high in carotenoids, which support eyesight.
Beets are high in betaine, an essential nutrient made from the B-complex vitamin, choline. Choline reduces inflammation in the cardiovascular system by preventing unwanted build-up of homocysteine, an inflammatory compound.
Here is a beet-based recipe to inspire you. I love making these for both children and adults. The beets blend so well with the chocolate that a deep, rich taste comes through and it's nearly impossible to guess what the "secret ingredient" is.
Red Velvet Brownies
You will need:
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1 1/4 cups brown rice flour or millet flour
2 eggs or 4 tablespoons flaxseed meal
3/4 cup maple syrup
1 cup boiled, blended beets
1/4 cup unsweetened almond or rice milk
1 teaspoon cinnamon
a pinch of sea salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Coarsely chop beets and place them in a pot. Cover them with water and boil for 15 minutes, or until fork tender.
Strain off water and place beets in a blender or food processor with almond/rice milk. Blend well.
Add all other ingredients and blend well.
Oil a glass baking dish or pie plate with coconut or sunflower oil.
Pour batter into it and bake for 30 minutes.
Cool for 20 minutes, slice, and enjoy!