Roast Beetroot Dip – Keto Athlete Recipe
Share house Fun
Once upon a time I used to live out in the suburban areas of Brisbane, in a small suburb called Samford Valley. By the age of 19 I had moved out and began my share house experience.
Living in a share house was… FUN! We would have house parties with 200+ people swarming in the backyard, eager to see the bands that would perform in our living room. Not sure if the old house appreciated the weight of all those people jumping up and down on the old wooden floors… but we survived! We would serve cocktails or cask wine punch to whoever showed up, but I think the real idea was to provide a party atmosphere which would never be lived down!
We even had a few semi famous bands come through from time to time which was both fun and scary at the same time. Oh, and I’m pretty sure all of our neighbours were deaf by the time we had moved out. We were typical ratbags!
Dips for Apartment Living
I eventually moved into an apartment with my Girlfriend, and began to experience the simple joys of cleanliness, responsibility and food that would magically stay in the fridge! My family, who still lived out in Samford Valley, must have become jealous over the idea of apartment living. They decided to buy an apartment and move into the city!
When they had bought the apartment, we would celebrate at a restaurant across the road from their new building called Hatch & Co. My girlfriend, who doesn’t eat many vegetables, would always order this amazing beetroot dip with feta cheese. It kind of became a ritual. Hatch & Co? Beetroot Dip? YUM!
We eventually moved to West End, but the thought stayed with us! The idea behind this beetroot dip recipe was to be able to create a dip which we could enjoy, and replicate those experiences we had when my family first moved into their city apartment, even though we only moved 20 mins up the road…
The restaurant would serve this beetroot dip with delicious pita bread. The rich earthy tones of the beetroot and the pita bread were a fantastic accompaniment to a smooth glass of white wine, followed by some sparkling mineral water. Simply delicious!
Micronutrients Present in this beetroot dip recipe
I also created this recipe as I’ve got a running race coming up this weekend. I was listening to the Runners Connect run to the top podcast a few weeks ago, and Tina had a conversation with a Dr. Andrew Jones. He explains how the nitrates from beetroot juice can significantly improve your Vo2 Max. I was keen to test it out, but also wanted to incorporate the recipe into my keto diet!
Much like milk, Cheese contains plenty of calcium. 100g of cheese contains 100% of your daily calcium needs. Calcium is actually not a micro nutrient that you need to worry about, because so many people already have too much calcium in their body. Little known fact, excess calcium can actually cause you to lose magnesium, so go easy on your daily cheese intake!
Many people who think of potassium instantly think of bananas. Many athletes tend to assume because they are getting cramps, they should get more potassium… To start with, magnesium is probably the culprit for the cramps (which is lost in sweat, through stress and excess coffee), and secondly, Avocados contain more potassium, and without all the fructose! Blueberries are also high in potassium, so its important for every athlete to be watching their potassium levels. Especially ketogenic athletes, as they have the tendency to loose more electrolytes due to limited glycogen storage. Potassium also aids in the storage of energy, so get moving and start slamming avocados and blueberries!
Roast Beetroot Dip with Feta
- 1 Beetroot Large (Almost apple size)
- 3.5 oz. Danish Feta Cheese 100g
- 2 oz. olive oil 60 ml
- 1 ½ Garlic Cloves
- ½ tsp Salt
- ½ tsp Pepper
- Preheat your oven to 375F (180C). Slice up the beetroot into large chunks and place them onto a baking tray. Place in the oven for 20 mins
- Add the remaining ingredients to a blender (I used my Nutribullet). Wait until the beetroot has been in the oven for the required time, (I left most of the beetroot skin on for an earthier taste) and place it in with the rest of the ingredients. Blend until smooth!
- Serve with my Keto bread rolls sliced thinly.