I've been harvesting beets from the garden for the past several weeks. They are a great source of nitric oxide which helps open up your arteries to allow for more blood flow. Thus, beets help lower the risk of heart disease and stroke.
Have better workouts. Beets provide energy and stamina. Consume them two to three hours before exercising. They increase oxygen uptake and promote better circulation due to the nitrates they contain.
Beets are rich in the antioxidant betacyanin, which gives them their beautiful red color, that protects against cancer cell growth.
Two ways I like to cook beets are boiling and roasting. To boil beets: cut off the tops, place in a saucepan, cover with water and boil until tender when pricked with a fork. To roast: wrap them in aluminum foil, place in a 375º oven and roast until tender when pricked with a fork. In each case remove skins when they are cool enough to handle.
They are great sliced on a salad or try this roasted beet hummus recipe.
3 medium beets roasted
1 whole garlic bulb roasted
1 15oz can chickpeas drained and rinsed
1/4 c extra virgin olive oil
4 Tbsp lemon juice
2 Tbsp sesame seeds
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp coarsely ground pepper
Add all ingredients to a food processor and process until smooth.