. WHAT WE'RE MADE OF . BEETROOT .

This week, we're exploring the powerful health benefits of the humble beetroot. One of the delicious, less traditional flavours in our best-selling Beetroot & Pistachio blend, this sweet earthy vegetable is packed with essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants for a satisfying and sustainable start to the day.

An incredibly adaptable vegetable, beetroot can be enjoyed roasted whole, blended into soups and smoothies, used in baking, grated into curries - the list goes on. We use organic beetroot powder to naturally sweeten our popular breakfast granola - a single teaspoon is equivalent to one beetroot, meaning you can easily achieve a concentrated combination of nutrients by incorporating just a small amount into your diet.

Below are just a few of the reasons we love this functional purple superfood and why we'll continue to use it throughout the new Qnola range:

- Used in both savoury AND sweet dishes, beetroot is super versatile and easy to cook - blend with chickpeas and garlic for a more-ish hummus, finely slice and layer with salmon, bake in pastry with goats cheese for a delicious tart or use it to add depth and richness to chocolate cake.

- Although available all year round, fresh beetroot is best enjoyed from June to October when it is sweetest and most tender.

- A large beetroot (or three diddy ones) counts as one of your NHS approved 5-a-day and contains essential vitamins and minerals including: potassium, iron, vitamins A, B6 and C, folic acid and soluble fibre.

- Essential for muscle movement, growth, brain functionality and maintaining an active metabolism, beetroot is a rich and natural source of iron.

- Helping to support a healthy balance of bodily fluids, potassium is an electrolyte that aids and allows proper nerve and muscle function. This super mineral is essential for maintaining a healthy heart, brain, kidney and other major organs.

- Studies by Queen Mary University showed that those who regularly consumed beetroot were likely to have much lower blood pressure than those that didn't. It also increased blood flow to the brain in older people that could help prevent the progression of dementia.

- Up to 10% of beetroot is sugar BUT don't let that put you off as it has an incredibly low GL - glycaemic load; the sugars are released sustainably and slowly into the body to help keep levels stable. It's also virtually fat-free and low in calories!

Make your next beet hit count and give our Beetroot & Pistachio flavour a whirl.