The first time I heard about beetroot crisps was mid year 2017 and wondered what the hype was. Out of curiousity and my love for healthy vegan meals and snacks i decided to try it out and it love at first taste. I feel in love with beetroot crisps to the point that it became my regular snack. I love it a lot because it is super healthy, easy to make and free from preservatives. I have always loved beetroot due to its many health benefits and how easy one can work with it. I add beetroot to my salad, smoothies, I juice them and have recently started making beetroot crisps which I will talk about shortly. But first, I will like to talk about the health benefits of beetroot.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF BEETROOT
Beetroot helps to lower blood pressure– If you are interested in maintaing a healthy blood pressure, I’ll suggest you introduce beet juice into your diet. Beetroot has been known to help lower blood pressure due to the abundance of nitrates in it. Studies have shown that consuming beet juice at regular intervals can aid in the reduction of blood pressure and arterial stiffness. Beet juice is also very beneficial to brain function as it helps increase blood flow to the brain in elderly people. As we get older, blood flow to certain part of the brain decreases which can eventually lead to dementia and poor cognitive function.
Beetroot helps in fighting inflammation- Beetroot is one of the most antioxidant-rich vegetables. Antioxidants are substances which are mainly found in fruits and vegetables which helps prevents the oxidation of other molecules in the body. Antioxidants are very important for good health because if free radicals are left to fester in the body they can cause a wide range of illnesses in the body. Naturally, beets are high in immune-boosting vitamin c, fibre, potassium (good for healthy nerve and muscle function) and manganese (good for bones, liver and kidneys).
Beetroot helps in boosting haemoglobin level-it is very crucial for one’s haemoglobin level to be at an optimum level for the body to function to properly. A low level of haemoglobin can lead to anaemia which is a condition in which there is a deficiency of red cells or haemoglobin in the blood. A low haemoglobin level can be prevented by regular consumption of beetroot juice. The production of haemoglobin requires iron and folate and beetroot has a lot of it.In fact, people with anaemia are often asked to include beetroot in their diet.
Beetroot helps in detoxification- Are you looking for a natural blood cleanser? why don’t you try consuming more beets. Beetroot serves as a natural blood cleaner which has the power to help the body detox by cleansing the blood of toxins and heavy metal as well as reducing the acid level in the body. Beetroot contains betalains which helps to form glutathione-enabling the body to neutralize toxins by making them water soluble meaning that they can be passed out of the body as urine or sweat. Beetroot juice is also very good at cleansing and supporting liver function. Juicing beetroot has an added advantage for those with impaired liver function as beetroot juice is easily digested and absorbed by the body.
Now lets talk about how you can make the worlds most delicious and healthy beetroot crisps
INGREDIENTS FOR BEETROOT CRISPS
- Beetroots, peeled and thinly sliced toapproximately 1.5mm thickness
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- Fresh rosemary
- Preheat airfryer to 180 degrees.
- In a large bowl combine beetroot slices with coconut oil, cumin and rosemary.
- Lay your beetroot slices flat in your air fryer. Bake until they become crispy for 20-25 minutes.
- Take the beetroot crisps out of the air fryer and allow to cool.
- To avoid staining your hands, put on a glove while handling the beetroot.
- The crunch consistency of the beetroot crisps may vary depending on how thick the slices are.
- You can enjoy your beetroot crisps with any dip of your choice such as hummus or mashed avocado