Beets: Grate Expectations

Beets, that once humble root vegetable ignored at salad bars, is celebrated now for a wide range of health benefits, with nutrients and fiber that can lower blood pressure, increase blood flow and possibly even boost exercise endurance. In one study, cyclists who drank nitrate-rich beet juice could pedal 16% longer. “We were amazed by the effect of beet juice on oxygen uptake because these effects cannot be achieved by any other known means, including training," said Professor Andy Jones, author of the study.

Beets are also inexpensive, and can keep for 2-3 weeks if stored properly. (Don’t toss the greens – they’re also nutrition-packed, and can be used in recipes in place of spinach or kale.)

Living Juice Red Radiance offers the benefits of beets, and more - but if it's a crunch you're after,  ready, set...grate!

Ingredients:

1 lb. beets, peeled

1 large shallot, minced

salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

2 tsp. Dijon mustard

1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

1 1/2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar

1 tbsp. chopped parsley

Directions:

Grate the beets. In a bowl, combine shallots, salt, pepper, mustard, oil and vinegar. Add beets, and top with parsley.