IN SEASON: Beetroot

These purple balls of joy may have the highest sugar content of all vegetables, but they're also packed full of some amazing things, including immune boosting Vitamin C, Fiber, Potassium (for healthy nerve and muscle function) and Manganese (good for your bones, liver kidneys and pancreas).  

Beetroot helps to lower blood pressure, boost stamina and fight inflammation (due to their unique source of betaine).

When buying beetroot, you want them to be firm with a smooth, undamaged surface and they'll last in the fridge, stored in an unsealed plastic bag, for a couple of weeks.  

To get the most nutrients out of your beetroots, rinse and brush them clean, but do not remove the skin or root until after cooking.

(original recipe from the I Quit Sugar Website)