Recipe: Beetroot Pesto Deluxe

Certain colors of food indicate an abundance of specific nutrients. Deeper colors, like the dark hue of beets, usually means that the vegetable is richer in phytonutrients including antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. 

Phytonutrients are anti-inflammatory and may enhance intercellular communication, repair DNA damage from exposure to toxins, detoxify carcinogens and alter estrogen metabolism. Phytonutrients have been shown to help prevent cancer, boost stamina, fight chronic illnesses and strengthen the immune system. Beets are rich in phytonutrients but also in potassium, fiber, folate, vitamin C and nitrates.

PURPOSE
Substitute green with red.

INGREDIENTS
Raw beetroot
White almonds (roasted)
Olive oil
Fresh ginger
Fresh basil
Lemon
A pinch of salt

INSTRUCTIONS
Blend. Taste. Repeat. Serve for aperitif – people will love it and won’t guess it.

Blend chunks of raw beet, almonds and olive oil, and a few other flavours you like: basil, ginger or broccoli.

Interesting fact about beetroots: By the 19th century the natural sweetness of beets came to be appreciated and beets began to be used as a source of sugar. Reportedly, Napoleon was responsible for declaring that beets be used as a primary source of sugar after the British restricted access to sugar cane. Today, sugar beets are a common raw material used for the production of sugar.

Beets have the highest sugar content of all vegetables. For the keto version, add brain octane oil instead or in addition to the regular olive oil. Yum!

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