Need a burst of energy before a run? Get it with beets!
I hear a lot of talk about how beets can improve a runners performance. The latest research does show that beets help one’s running performance by delivering more blood and oxygen to the brain, according to a study in the Journal of Applied Physiology. The researchers found that beets beat fatigue by increasing nitric oxide levels, allowing more oxygenated blood to reach the brain — that is why it’s a good idea to consume beets before a run.
Another major health benefit of beets is that it is a powerful anti-oxidant. This delicious root vegetable has a pigment that boosts cell-repairing activity in the body, accelerating muscle repair.
If you are looking for ways to eat beets, here are some healthy recipe ideas as to what to do with fresh beets!
What To Do With Fresh Beets
Mediterranean beets with garlic and olive oil via Maria Ushakova
Healthy boot-root and feta salad via Scrambled Chefs
Oven baked beet chips via A Spicy Perspective
Healthy marinated beet and apple salad with banana and peppers (gluten-free) via Cotter Crunch
Super creamy roasted beet hummus via The Full Helping
Chocolate beet cake with chocolate avocado frosting via The Pretty Bee
Spiralized beet salad via Fashionable Foods
Beet roasted garlic soup via Garlic Matters
Honey-glazed Brussels sprouts and beets via The Roasted Root
Pickled beets via Simply Recipes
Easy roasted beets with balsamic glaze via Back to Her Roots
Detox kale quinoa pickled beet salad via Pickled Plum
Lemony beet hummus via Buzz Feed
Salad with beets, almonds, feta and dijon mustard via Rachel Cooks
Beet pesto pasta via The Kitchn
Raw spiralized beet and mandarin salad with mint via Skinny Taste
Berry beet smoothie via The First Year
Winter beet and pomegranate salad with maple candied pecans and balsamic citrus via Half Baked Harvest
Creamy beetroot soup with orange, ginger and coconut milk (vegan, grain-free, gluten-free) via The Clean Dish
Sneaky beet brownies via Fit Foodie Finds
Beet, arugula and goat grilled cheese sandwich via BS’ in the Kitchen
Roasted beet and apple salad via Delicious Meets Healthy
Carrot beet and apple salad with mint and cumin vinaigrette via Sellfish Cat
Beet hummus and avocado on toast via Ful-Filled
Cinnamon beet rolls via Gather and Dine
Chocolate beet cupcakes with chocolate avocado frosting via Making Tyme for Health
Beet ‘noodle’ salad with blueberries ad goat cheese via Lean Green Nutrition Fiend
Beet sweet onion, cucumber soup via Feasting At Home
Avocado beet smoothie via Having Fun Saving
Roasted beet pesto salad via Veggie Chick
Canning pickled beets with ACV and honey via Montana Homesteader
Rosemary garlic beet chips via Mommypotamus
Maple roasted butternut squash and beets (vegan, gluten-free, paleo) via The Roasted Root
Pineapple beet juice via All Recipes
Simple roasted beets via Bless the Mess Please
Healthy raw red velvet fudge via Desserts with Benefits
Beet, blackberry oatmeal smoothie via Blissful Basil
Easy pickled beet and onion salad via About.com
Beet gnocchi via R Cake Walk
I hope you enjoy these recipes. Be sure to check back because the recipe list is always growing!
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BSc Neurobiology; MSc Biomechanics candidate, ultra minimalist runner & founder of RunForefoot. I was a heel striker, always injured. I was inspired by the great Tirunesh Dibaba to try forefoot running. Now, I'm injury free. This is why I launched Run Forefoot, to advocate the health & performance benefits of forefoot running and to raise awareness on the dangers of heel striking, because the world needs to know.