Why Beets are a Superfood You Should Eat More Often

If beets aren’t a regular part of your diet, they should be. Read on for the impressive health benefits of beets, plus our best healthy beet recipes

Why Beets are a Superfood You Should Eat More Often

The health benefits of beets are impressive: Drinking beet juice could help you exercise longer, according to a 2009 study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology. Study participants saw benefits after drinking two cups (500 mL) daily for six days.

In fact, you could say that this root veggie is something of a rock star when it comes to nutrition. It belongs to the chenopod subfamily, a group of superfoods that include chard, spinach and quinoa. Beets have a range of health benefits, from lowering blood pressure (thanks to their high nitrate levels) to providing detox support (due to the megadose of betalains they contain). Beets are also good for the brain. They contain betaine, an amino acid used to form the brain chemicals responsible for our body’s natural antidepressants.

Not a fan of plain, steamed beets? Good thing there are so many other ways to enjoy them, from smoothies, to salads, to dessert, even! Here are our best healthy beet recipes:

Healthy Beet Salad Recipes

Plum Beet and Arugula Salad
Tangy Roasted Beet and Walnut Salad
Beet and Feta Salad
Beet and Orange Salad
Bulgur, Orange and Beet Salad
Tangy Radish and Beet Coleslaw

Healthy Beet Dinner Recipes

Sunflower Seed Beet Pizza
Beet and Tarragon Fusilli
Red Lentil Beet Burgers

Healthy Beet Smoothie and Dessert Recipes

Berry-Beet Smoothie
Velvety Beet Brownies