We all are aware of the physical benefits a balanced diet brings, but we often forget how important good nutrition is for our mental health, and emotional wellness. A balanced diet improves your energy levels, concentration and attention. By choosing foods that provide not only energy, but a high nutritional value, you can help nourish your body and mind.
To increase the amount of nutrients I have on a regular basis, I like to sneak in vegetables and fruits as extra ingredients to dishes that I would normally enjoy, probably in the same way you would do for a kid. For example, if I add to my plate a huge portion of boiled broccoli and beets, the chances are I'm not going to eat it all or I'll probably end up adding a ton of butter and salt to make it more interesting.
Beets are the perfect food to add to your meals if you want to increase its nutritional value. From mashed potatoes to soups, these beauties not only make your food look pretty, but they also help lower your blood pressure, increase your stamina levels, fight inflammation and support your body detoxification process.
Here is what you need to make 1 cup of beet hummus:
- 170g beet, cooked and chopped (1 medium size beet)
- 240g (1 can) chick peas, rinsed
- 1 lemon juice
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 tbps tahini (olive oil or peanut oil also ok)
- Sea salt & pepper, for seasoning
- Veggies and bread, for serving
Add the cooked pieces of beet, chick peas, lemon juice, tahini, garlic and a pinch of salt and pepper to the food processor and blend on high speed for a couple of minutes or until the mix
I like to eat this hummus with fresh veggies and toasted pita bread, but it also goes pretty well on sandwiches and wraps.
Store the hummus in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.