There are so many different ways you can prepare and enjoy carrots and beetroots. But one of my favorite ways to enjoy these root veggies is shredded and in a fresh salad.
Growing up this carrot and beetroot salad often made its way onto my little plate. Truth be told, looking back I wonder if my maman made this because of how simple it was to put together! Busy raising five kids, easy and fast recipes were a must in our household.
Ready in less than 10 minutes this delicious salad is packed with flavor, crunch, and, of course loaded with nutrients.
What are the health benefits of beetroot?
Beets are a great source of folate, magnesium, potassium, vitamin C, betalains, dietary nitrates, and fiber.
In fact, 1 cup of raw beets provides 148 mcg of folate, 37% of your daily value. Folate, also known as vitamin B9, helps make DNA and RNA, which help cells divide and produce healthy red blood cells. It’s especially essential in expecting mothers as this vitamin helps support the development of a healthy neural tube and brain development.
It is even believed that beets may help lower blood pressure, support brain health, reduce PMS symptoms, fight inflammation, improve digestion, and improve athletic performance. This is partly due to its high levels of dietary nitrates, betalains, and fiber.
What are Betalains?
Beets are probably best known for their dark red hues, a pigment attributed to the biological compounds known as betalains. These betalains, which can be categorized as betacyanin pigments (red-violet color) or betaxanthin pigments (yellow-orange color), have been found to contain high antioxidants and anti-inflammatory capabilities. One study even found that red beet peel was noted for the highest betalain concentration.
And don’t forget the beet greens!
Beet greens are packed with fiber, minerals, and vitamins, such as Vitamin C, B, magnesium, and potassium. They’re an excellent substitute for spinach, Swiss chard, kale, etc. I often use them in soups, salads, and smoothies. Delicious!Print