Looking for new ways to jazz up your salads, stews, soups, and even burgers? Adding beet root to your recipes is an easy way to add both color and essential vitamins and minerals to your diet.

This root vegetable is low in calories and contains some of nearly all the vitamins and minerals you need.

One serving of cooked beet root (100 grams) is only 44 calories, and contains 1.7 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber.

They also contain:

  • Fat: 0.2 grams
  • Vitamin C: 6% RDI
  • Folate: 20% RDI
  • Vitamin B-6: 3% RDI
  • Magnesium: 6% RDI
  • Potassium: 9% RDI
  • Phosphorous: 4% RDI
  • Manganese: 16% RDI
  • Iron: 4% RDI

Beets have been linked to a number of health benefits, such as:

  • lowering blood pressure
  • improving digestive health
  • supporting brain health

And if you’re planning on running a marathon or undertaking another type of extreme athletics, some studies have suggested beets can improve athletic performance.

Next time you’re struggling to figure out what to make for dinner, why not try one of these 10 recipes we found on Instagram?

Tahini and beet dip via @marthastewart

Cucumber, dill, and beet gazpacho via @feastingathome

Red cabbage, onion, and beet soup via @ohsheglows

Farro, onion, tomato, and cucumber roasted beet salad with feta via @jaqbotto

Avocado toast with beet hummus via @tishasveggieeats

Arugula, lentils, avocado, cucumber, tempeh, and beet bowl with apple cider vinegar dressing via @codegreenwellness

Microgreens, garbanzo beans, and beet hummus on ciabatta bread with lemon pepper seasoning via @alexaeatscarbs

Mushroom, lentil, and beet burger via @coleycooks

Coconut and beet truffles via @rawveganrecipeshare

Pear, walnut, and beet bowl with lemon and olive oil via @livinghealthyinseattle