Beet Hummus - Add some extra nutrients to an age old recipe :)


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You will love this recipe, not only is it good for you by being loaded with extra nutrients - but it looks gorgeous.
The high concentration of micronutrients and antioxidants in beets can assist us in warding off colds. Beets contain folate, which helps build our immune system and prevents anemia. Consuming too little folate can lead to a weakening of our red blood cells, and therefore a decrease in the oxygen being transported throughout our body. Sufficient oxygen is crucial for every bodily function, and a deficiency will cause weakness and leave us prone to illness. Manganese is a trace mineral found in beets that can help our body form superoxide dismutase, an antioxidant crucial for immune function
Here is a great article also that Jen wrote in her blog - "15 Healthy Benefits fo Beets". It's a detailed, up do date guide on the 15 health benefits of beets according to science, and includes 8 delicious beet recipes. I think you would be very interested in reading the article -
Garlic is antibacterial and antiviral. It has even been shown to help fight bacteria that is resistant to modern antibiotics. Studies have shown that the common cold, lasting an average of 5 days, is cut down by a full 24 hours with the daily consumption of one medium clove during the duration of the illness.
It's with good reason that olive oil is a staple in the Mediterranean diet, which has long been touted for increasing lifespan, slowing aging, and helping with weight loss. A phytonutrient in olive oil, Oleocanthal, reduces inflammation throughout the body. While inflammation is an occasionally necessary state (like during injury), chronic and unwarranted inflammation can lead to diseases like cancer. Eating food rich in phytonutrients that help fight inflammation is crucial to remaining disease-free. Heart disease is another illness that olive oil helps fight against. Hydroxytyrosol, another phytonutrient found in olive oil, specifically helps protect the cells found in our blood vessels. This protects them from damage that could eventually lead to stroke or heart disease. 
My favorite benefit is the beautiful color, add cut up vegetables around your bowl and your guest will devour your extra healthy dip ! ! 
1 large beet or a few small (about 1 1/2 cups once peeled and chopped)
1 15.5-ounce can garbanzo beans
1/3 cup olive oil
2-4 cloves garlic
1 lemon
cayenne pepper


Preheat oven to 400. Peel beets and cut into large chunks.  Spread beets on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, salt, and cayenne, to taste. Bake beets for 25-35 minutes, occasionally stirring and checking for doneness. The beets should be easily pierced with a fork when done.  While your beets cool to room temperature, prepare your other ingredients.

Strain and rinse the garbanzo beans, zest lemon, peel garlic. Once your beets are cooled to room temperature, place all ingredients in a food processor. Blend until the beet hummus mixture is smooth and fully combined.  You can serve the hummus immediately, or store it in the fridge for up to a week. Drizzle olive oil over the top when serving. 

Enjoy ! !