Beet Muffins (or how to hide veg in baked goods)

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My first guest post invitation!
….and  then I drew a blank…. ….. …..

Dhans invite to share a recipe on her fabulous blog- Skinny Chef De Cuisine-had me stumped for ages. What recipe to choose? What to make? What?

Lately my focus has been on experimenting with veggie dishes. It is a challenge my sister and I set ourselves  to introduce some new healthy habits to our dinner tables. The deal is that we pick a ‘vegetable of the week’ which we then both have to cook. As I have been having so much fun with this, I knew I had to spread the idea by sharing a vegetable recipe.

But it would hardly be appropriate to show up for my guest post with a bunch of crudités.

Some baked goods on the other hand… now who would turn away a guest bringing muffins; even if they were made with vegetables.

So, for my first guest post I present a plate of Beetroot Muffins.

For the full recipe, just click here to pop over to Dhans’ blog.

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And if you want to known about the heath benefits of beet –  below a quick wrap up

  • Did you know that having red urine after eating beets can be a sign of low stomach acid?Low stomach acid can mean that you body is not able to process and absorb essential nutrients.You can take easy measures like drinking lemon juice before a meal, drinking more water. (Source: Body enlightenment) Apparently red urine can also be a sign of iron deficiency (Source: Worlds Healthiest Foods)
  • Reduces blood pressure and the risk of heart attacks and strokes
    Research has shown that beetroot can help reduce blood pressure as well as its associated risks such as heart attacks and strokes. This is because the high content of nitrates in beetroot produces a gas called nitric oxide in the blood which widens blood vessels and lowers blood pressure. A daily dose of 250ml of beetroot juice or 1 to 2 cooked beetroot (approx. 100g) can help dramatically reduce blood pressure and its associated risks. For more information on heart health, help, facts and lifestyle advice, visit the British Heart Foundation.
  • Powerful antioxidant properties Betacyanin, the pigment that gives beetroot its colour, is also an antioxidant. Antioxidants are believed to help reduce the oxidation of LDL cholesterol, in turn protecting artery walls and reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke.
  • Folic acid Beetroot contains folic acid which is essential for normal tissue growth. Folic acid is crucial to the development of a baby’s spinal cord during the first three months of pregnancy and can help prevent spinal cord defects such as spina bifida. Beetroot also contains iron so is a fab pick-me-up for mums-to-be suffering from fatigue during pregnancy. Expectant mums must remember though that cooked beetroot has lower levels of folic acid than raw beetroot.
  • Reduces risk of osteoporosis Beetroot contains the mineral silica. This helps the body to utilise calcium, which is important for musculo-skeletal health and reducing the risk of osteoporosis.
  • Lowers cholesterol Beetroot contains soluble fibre, which has also been shown to have cholesterol lowering capabilities. It also contains carotenoids and flavonoids, which help prevent LDL or ‘bad’ cholesterol from being oxidised and deposited in the arteries.
  • Stabilises blood sugar Beetroot is virtually fat free and low in calories. Although it has a ‘medium’ GI (Glycaemic Index) of 64, It has an extremely low GL (Glycaemic Load) of 2.9 which means it’s converted into sugars very slowly and therefore helps to keep blood sugar levels stable.
  • Treats anaemia and fatigue Beetroot’s iron content means it’s good for those with anaemia and fatigue.
  • Helps slow progression of dementia A recent study by Wake Forest University in North Carolina, USA has shown that the high content of nitrates in beetroot may also help fight the progression of dementia, as nitric oxide in the blood (produced by the nitrates in beetroot) also helps increase blood flow to the brain. Beetroot’s folic acid may also play a part as studies suggest it can help protect against Alzheimer’s and dementia. (Source: Love Beet Root)
    • afracooking said:

      Thank you so much! It really is great when healthy stuff tastes so good you wouldn’t actually know it is healthy just from the taste 😉

    • afracooking said:

      True, it really does remind me of all those great recipes you have were you sneak in a bit of veg 🙂

  1. Karen said:

    I enjoy beets and muffins are a great way to sneak them into the diet of someone that doesn’t.

    • afracooking said:

      For years I only knew beets from jars (and they were far from my favourite). It really is great to discover how versatile they are and how fabulous they can taste.

    • afracooking said:

      Thank you so much for the compliment. It really is such a different take on the standard muffin 🙂

  2. A tasty, divine recipe! I love it too! Yummm! x

    • afracooking said:

      So lovely to see you again. I was missing your visit, but was sure you must have been busy with eating all those treats from your parents :-> )

      • hahahahaha & yes, I wasn’t much into cooking lately because I was active with my voluntary work a lot & had feasts & parties to go too! 🙂

  3. Liz said:

    Maple syrup, buttermilk, walnuts, beets, butter kicked off., so no brooding over how many should I eat. Thanks for sharing so much information + the recipe. I have bookmarked this one for sure!

    • afracooking said:

      Yeap: these are high in satisfaction low in guilt 😉

  4. Perfect for little ones (especially fussy ones!) 🙂

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