Eating this deeply-hued root veggie could help improve performance in the gym.
In addition to containing anti-inflammatory phytochemicals, beets are rich in nitrates, which dilate the blood vessels and allow more oxygen and nutrients to reach the muscles. Try this preparation, which also features antioxidant-rich cumin, from Philadelphia-based recipe developer Robert Luessen.
This recipe is part of our meal prep series. Find the full guide here.
- 2 pounds beets, washed, stems and greens removed
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon cumin
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Rub beets with olive oil, and season with cumin, salt, and pepper.
Wrap each beat in aluminum foil and place on a baking sheet. Roast for 60 minutes or until fully cooked through (when a sharp knife pierces the beet easily). Set aside to cool completely.
Once cooled, peel the beets and dice into 1-inch chunks. Place in an airtight container and store into the fridge.