Growing up in Russia, my mother and grandmother made this soup, called borsht, all the time. The primary ingredient is beets which is really healthy.
Health Benefits of Beets
Fullcircle.com lists six benefits of these amazing vegetables.
1. Beets are nature’s Viagra
Seriously. One of the first known uses of beets was by the ancient Romans, who used them medicinally as an aphrodisiac. And that’s not just urban legend – science backs it up. Beets contain high amounts of boron, which is directly related to the production of human sex hormones.
2. Beets are high in many vitamins and minerals
Potassium, magnesium, fiber, phosphorus, iron; vitamins A, B & C; beta-carotene, beta-cyanine; folic acid. These are but a few of the many nutrients, vitamins and minerals that can be found in beets and beet greens. Beets are particularly beneficial to women whom are pregnant, as the vitamin B and iron are very beneficial to new growth cells during pregnancy and replenishing iron in the woman’s body.
3. Beets cleanse the body
They are a wonderful tonic for the liver, works as a purifier for the blood, and can prevent various forms of cancer. Nuff said, right? Tastes good and prevents cancer? Sign me up!
4. Beets help your mental health
Beets contain betaine, the same substance that is used in certain treatments of depression. It also contains trytophan, which relaxes the mind and creates a sense of well-being, similar to chocolate. Beets can also lower your blood pressure. So if you’re already steamed about not eating beets, you can get a two-fer by diving into them right away.
5. Beets are used as a stomach acid tester
How in the world does that work? Glad you asked. If you are eating a lot of beets or beet juice, and your pee turns pink, guess what? You have low stomach acid. Pee still clear? Ratchet it up and get juicing (use the greens too)! Nutritionists use beets and beet juice to test stomach acid levels, so stay ahead of the curve by adding beets to your diet now.
6. Beets are a high source of energy
At the same time they are low in calories and high in sugar (although the sugar is released into your system gradually, as opposed to chocolate). Very few foods found in the natural world are as beneficial as beets in this regard.
Beets are a wonderful addition to any dietary need. With their high volume of nutrients, delicious taste, and multitude of uses, anyone can jump right into beets without missing a beat.
NaturalHealthMag offers this simple and delicious recipe for beet soup:
1 tablespoon olive oil (preferably virgin olive oil)
1 diced onion
4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
1 cup sliced roasted red bell pepper
2 peeled and sliced medium sized beets (preferably organic)
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
juice of ½ lemon (use juice from a real lemon)
1 tablespoon fresh thyme
Garnish: soft goat cheese
Per serving: 110 calories, 3.5 g fat (.5 g saturated fat), 0 mg cholesterol, 6 g protein, 14 g carbohydrates, 3 g fiber, 320 mg sodium
1. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.
2. Add 1 diced onion; cook 5 minutes.
3. Add 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth, 1 cup sliced roasted red bell pepper, 2 peeled and sliced medium sized beets, 1 tablespoon ground coriander, 1 teaspoon fennel seeds, salt and pepper to taste
4. simmer 30 minutes.
5. Stir in juice of ½ lemon and 1 tablespoon fresh thyme.
7. Garnish: soft goat cheese.
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