There’s no single recipe for borscht – it can be made with or without different meats and can include any type of vegetable, primarily root veggies – but the main ingredient is always beets. “Beets are highly nutritious,” says Shannon Crocker, a registered dietitian and nutrition consultant. “They contain an antioxidant called betaine that helps fight inflammation and boosts liver health.” Not only that, but beets are low in calories and high in fibre, potassium (which is important for healthy blood pressure) and folate.
To lighten up a family recipe that probably includes a dollop of sour cream on top, try swapping in tangy Greek yogurt instead.
Another way to eat beets: Bulgur, Orange and Beet Salad