Beets are one of the super foods that you have been overlooking. Honestly, for the longest time, I refused to eat them too–disliking them in their raw form. But like the Belkin team in the Tour de France, I am on board now for eating beets regularly. But wait! I’ve got a recipe to share on how to make them more palatable. Meanwhile, check out how they can help:
- Nitrates in them help the muscles use oxygen more efficiently…meaning that you can work out longer because your body will adjust better to high-intensity exercise
- Beets lower blood pressure. Mercola claims drinking beet juice can lower blood pressure by several points in a matter of hours.
- Lower your risk of cancer due to great phytonutrients (only problem here is that phytonutrients are best raw)
- Detoxify the blood and liver–this is one of the benefits I had actually heard of before beginning to eat beets
5-6 beets, peeled and cut into cubes (beware, your hand will be bright red)
1 tsp mustard seed
1 tsp cumin seeds
pinch of asafetida (optional, considered good for digestion & is found in Indian stores)
1 tsp turmeric
2 tsp coriander powder
chili powder (optional if you like things spicy)
salt to taste
1 tbsp unsweetened coconut
Add the rest of the spices to the oil, then add the beets. Stir fry 1 minutes, then add 1/4-1/2 cup water. Cover beets. Cook 10 minutes. Remove cover and cook until water is gone and beets are soft.
Add coconut powder just before removing from heat.
You can serve it the traditional way with roti, or just serve it as a side dish.