Healthy Info

just three baby beetroot equal one of your five-a-dayJust eat it!

The benefits of drinking beetroot juice, from helping to boost stamina and make muscles work more efficiently to reducing blood pressure , have made the news recently.

But did you know that eating 200g of cooked beetroot provides just the same health benefits as drinking 500ml of juice?

So if you can't stomach the idea of drinking 500ml of beetroot juice a day, why not try eating delicious ruby red beets instead? 3.5 cooked beetroot (approximately 200g) contain the same amount of nitrate as 500ml of beetroot juice, meaning you can reap similar rewards by incorporating a couple of tasty beetroot recipes into your daily diet instead.

Our Moroccan Beetroot & Mint Salad with Yogurt Dressing and Beetroot & Melted Brie on Toast contain exactly 200g of beetroot per serving making eating the required 200g of beetroot easy. We've also got a Beetroot, Pomegranate & Orange Smoothie recipe if you to try a more appetising way of drinking it too.

For more health information on beetroot click here.

Beetroot Power Salad RecipeExpert nutritionist Yvonne Bishop-Weston loves beetroot and has developed a 'steady energy salad' that will help power you through the day.

The Beetroot Power Salad is designed to give you the energy and nutrients to help you get the most out of life. It provides at least 3 of your 5 a day portions of fruit and vegetables to help boost your levels of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

Antioxidants help protect the body from the traumas of daily life and support the immune system. Colourful fruits and vegetables, especially the red and purples ones are particularly good sources of antioxidants. In beetroot this comes in the form of betacyanin which gives the beet its strong red and purple colour. Vegetables also provide fibre to help keep our digestive systems running smoothly and help prevent us from feeling sluggish.

The Love Beetroot Power Salad has been developed by expert nutritionist Yvonne Bishop-Weston and is carefully balanced to be low GL (Glycaemic Load) so that you release the energy in your food slowly and steadily. This helps to power you through the day rather than having short term sugar highs leading to energy lows, sugar cravings, irritability and weight gain. This low GL is due to the fibre in the vegetables, the slow-release energy in the rye bread and the protein in the eggs, beans and nuts. You can use any cooked beans but the raw sprouted beans provide more digestible nutrients, vitamins and minerals.

Omega-3 eggs and walnuts also provide essential omega-3 fats which are needed for all body cell structures including supple, smooth skin and hair, good mood and optimum brain function.

The steady energy that the Power Salad provides may help you to add exercise into your daily routine. Start with just 30 minutes a day of good-paced walking and you can soon build up. The good fats support this as when exercise levels increase we rely on fats to give us the power to go on.

Yvonne Bishop-Weston