Three ways to enjoy beetroot

Three ways to enjoy beetroot

Beetroot is abundant with immune-boosting antioxidants and vitamin C, and as a result, has tons of health benefits.

This dark-coloured red vegetable is no longer just used in salads or served pickled, which is what inspired us to share with you three new ways to enjoy beetroot. Try these tasty recipes as part of your LK Fitness app meal plans.

For Keto/Banting, Low-GI and Mediterranean followers:

Beetroot, apple and ginger juice

Feel refreshed, rejuvenated and ready to go with this vibrant juice recipe, made with just three ingredients. It makes for a perfect snack since one glass of juice is just 37 calories.

Serving size

Serves 2

Ingredients

200g beetroots, peeled and quartered

2 apples, quartered

2 thumb-sized pieces of ginger

Directions
  1. Push the beetroots, apples and ginger through a juicer. Or alternatively, chop the beetroot and apple, and whizz in batches with 300-350ml of water in a high-powered blender until completely smooth, then strain through a fine sieve, really pushing it through.
  2. Pour into two glasses filled with ice.

Source: olivemagazine

Tip

When opting to include this recipe as a snack, cut something else from that day’s meal plan. For instance, 1 glass of juice = 5 almonds or ⅓ slice low GI bread.

*Keto/Banting followers: beetroot and apple are both on the orange list, meaning that you should include them in your meal plan occasionally, rather than daily, regardless of their respective nutritional values.


For Keto/Banting, Low-GI and Mediterranean followers:

Beetroot, orange and feta salad

Earthy beetroot and sweet orange pair up beautifully in this simple winter salad that pops all the more with a salty olive vinaigrette and chunks of creamy feta. One serving consists of 68 calories.

Serving size

Serves 4

Ingredients

2 oranges

1 tablespoon white wine vinegar

1 clove garlic, crushed

8 green olives, pitted and very finely chopped

finely chopped to make 1 tablespoon tarragon

50ml extra-virgin olive oil

320g cooked/roasted beetroots, cut into slim wedges

320g baby spinach

100g feta, crumbled

Directions
  1. Using a sharp knife, remove the peel and pith from the oranges and cut into segments, catching any juice in a bowl.
  2. Whisk together 2 tablespoons of the juice with the vinegar, garlic, olives and tarragon. Slowly drizzle in the oil, whisking continuously, until emulsified. 
  3. Toss the beetroots and orange with a little of the dressing.
  4. Arrange the spinach on a platter and pile on the beetroots and orange.
  5. Top with the feta and drizzle over the rest of the dressing to serve. 

Source: olivemagazine

Tip

When opting to include this recipe as a meal, cut something else from that day’s meal plan. For instance, 1 serving salad = 10 almonds, or ½ slice low GI bread and 3 slices of tomato.

*Keto/Banting followers: beetroot and apple are both on the orange list, meaning that you should include them in your meal plan occasionally, rather than daily, regardless of their respective nutritional values.


For Keto/Banting followers:

Red velvet mug cakes

These delightfully low carb and gluten-free mug cakes get their gorgeous red colour from beets.

Serving size

Serves 4

Ingredients
Mug Cake

1½ steamed beets

2 tablespoons water

1 cup almond flour

⅓ cup Swerve Sweetener (by USN) or other Xylitol or erythritol baking sweetener

2 tablespoons coconut flour

1 tablespoon cocoa powder

2 teaspoons baking powder

pinch of salt

2 eggs

1 tablespoon lemon juice

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Cream Cheese Frosting

90ml cream cheese softened

3 tablespoons whipping cream at room temperature

¼ cup powdered Swerve Sweetener (by USN) or other Xylitol or erythritol baking sweetener

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions
  1. For the cakes, puree beets and water together in a food processor or blender until smooth.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together almond flour, sweetener, coconut flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt.
  3. Stir in beet puree, eggs, lemon juice and vanilla extract.
  4. Divide between 4 mugs and cook on high in the microwave for 1 to 1½ minutes, depending on how gooey you want it.
  5. For the frosting, combine cream cheese, whipping cream, sweetener and vanilla and beat until smooth. Pipe or spoon onto warm mug cakes.

Source: All day I dream about food blog

Tip

The deep red of beets is a great way to add natural colours to your baked goods.

Bake this as a once in a blue moon kind of treat, rather than too frequently, aligned with your own health and wellness goals.


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