Beetroot is an excellent source of antioxidants and has shown to also help improve blood flow to sexual organs in addition to supporting a healthy uterus for embryo implantation.
Beets are also excellent sources of folate, which we know helps reduce homocysteine levels and increases fertilisation rates in women who are trying to conceive. Folate has also been linked to sperm count and quality, so indulge and enjoy in some roasted beetroot or a fresh beetroot and goats cheese salad.
Roasted beetroot and goats cheese salad with pecans
- 4 bunches mixed coloured beetroot (substitute red baby beetroot), washed
- 1/2 bunch thyme
- 1/3 cup (80ml) extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tbs red wine vinegar
- 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
- 1/4 tsp ground allspice
- 2 tsp white wine vinegar
- 1 tbs pomegranate molasses
- 2 tbs dried cranberries
- 4 marjoram sprigs (substitute oregano), leaves picked
- 1 bunch watercress, sprigs picked
- 150g soft goat’s cheese, crumbled
- 100g pecans, roasted, chopped
- Roast the beetroot in the oven at 180 °C until tender, scatter with thyme and a pinch each of salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper, and drizzle with 1 tbs oil and the vinegar.
- To make the dressing, whisk garlic, allspice, white wine vinegar, pomegranate molasses and remaining oil in a bowl until well combined. Stir in cranberries and marjoram.
- Arrange watercress on a platter, scatter the beetroot over, top with goat’s cheese and pecans, then spoon dressing over and enjoy!