Winter Warmer: Beetroot and Apple Soup. 

I don’t know about you, but it’s rather chilly, frosty and currently a little snowey where I am. This sort of weather makes you want hot, warming meals but that doesn’t mean you have to fall away from your diet! 

My beetroot and apple soup recipe will warm you right up, whilst giving you all of the goodness you need to achieve your health and fitness goals. 

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably know that beetroot is incredibly good for you. Known as a ‘superfood’ beets contain copious amounts of vitamins and antioxidants, whilst being really low in fat. The deep red vegetable is packed full of iron, vitamins A & C, fibre, folic acid, manganese and potassium, making it a great addition to your diet. 

It can be an ‘acquired’ taste, but I’m sure you’ll love this sweet and savoury take on a superfood soup to keep you warm and healthy in this cool weather. Give it a go. 

What you’ll need.                                     1kg beetroot (cooked or raw but not pickled/in vinegar)                       2 apples peeled and finely chopped   1 whole chopped onion                       800ml vegetable stock (2 cubes)       2 tsp dried thyme                                     1tsp dried cumin                                       1.5tsp unsalted butter (or alternative)                                             Natural yoghurt to serve 

Method.                                                     Chop up your beetroot and lay in a baking tray. Coat with the thyme and cumin and place in the oven for 15 minutes (if pre-cooked) or 45 minutes if raw. 

Meanwhile, add the butter and chopped onion to a large pan and sauté for 10 minutes. Next, add the chopped apple and sauté for a further 5 minutes until soft. By now your beetroot should be ready to stir in, along with your stock. Once all of the ingredients are added together, simmer for 10-15 minutes. 

Blitz your soup in your choice of blender (I use my nutribullet) and serve with a dollop of natural yoghurt and enjoy. 

Hels xxx