Växa plant based nutrition bars comprise ingredients that do nothing but good for your body, gut, and mind. We wouldn’t fill our bars with anything other than delicious natural ingredients that taste good while helping your body feel good.
Nature is chock full of yummy options that help you get the job done, and we made sure to stuff each of our snacks with the best natural ingredients out there.
Long before our bars hit the shelves and fueled healthy lifestyles, we circled beetroots as an essential building block of our healthy snacks. This earthy purple veggie isn’t often the kid's first pick at snack time, but we knew there is nothing artificial on the planet that can recreate this simple vegetable.
Beets can be roasted, sauteed, steamed, pickled, shredded, blended, juiced, or boiled down to help bring home a healthy diet in various ways. Sure, beets are an excellent option for meals, but we know most people don’t associate root vegetables with snack time. You may even find yourself wondering…
Why do we use Beets in our plant-based protein bar?
Allow us to shine a spotlight on our favorite purple root vegetables and walk you through all sorts of surprising benefits offered by the humble beetroot. Pretty soon, you’ll wonder why any plant-based protein bar would skip out on the benefits of the beet!
Beets come loaded with vitamins and minerals yet are low in calories and fat. A half-cup of beets contains only 44 calories, but the list of goodness stretches long. Beets are a bonafide source of the following essential nutrients:
That alone qualifies the vegetable for a spot on the shopping list, but beet benefits don’t stop there.
The Power of Purple
The bloody color that gives this vegetable its signature look also provides a wide variety of unique benefits not easily found elsewhere.
Betalains, a powerful antioxidant and natural plant pigment, are mainly to blame for beet's purple hue. This antioxidant helps reduce inflammation and should be a part of any healthy diet, and there is no better source of betalains than beetroot.
Beet’s betalain deep purple look signifies the presence of many different nutrients and antioxidants than you’d receive from greens, oranges, yellows, and more. We should all be eating a little something from every color of the rainbow, and there is no more potent purple than beets.
Beets Help Lower Blood Pressure
The key to beetroot's battle against blood pressure lies in the veggie's nitrates. Your body takes beetroots nitrates and converts them into nitric oxide, which works to relax blood vessels and lower blood pressure. Just 250 Ml of beetroot juice consumed daily will lower your blood pressure by a measurable level in a month or less!
These nitrates aren’t just beneficial in the long term. We’ve all learned that the mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cells, and the nitrates found naturally in beets improve their efficiency and help your body produce more energy while getting more out of each breath.
Jumpstarts Athletic Performance
At Växa, we believe a combination of healthy foods and moving your body is the best recipe for an overall healthy lifestyle. Beets relax blood vessels and improve circulation, which may be a key to improving cardiovascular endurance and athletic performance.
Consuming beets right before a workout has improved performance and reduced muscle fatigue in endurance athletes. Cyclists and marathoners have fully embraced the vegetable and slip beetroot powder or concentrated juices into daily smoothies, and pre-race power boosts. Beetroots won’t quite give you superpowers, but the veggie can give you that subtle push you need to take your adventure a step further.
Beets are Chock full of Only the Good Stuff
Beets are high in fiber and promote the growth of good bacteria in your gut. Having plenty of healthy bacteria in your digestive system helps fight disease and boost your immune system.
And That’s only half of the good news!
Nature’s naturally purple snack is also stuffed with heavy water content and high in fiber, which helps you feel full. A cup of beetroot even contains 2 grams of protein while avoiding filling fats.
Reaching for a beetroot snack now will prevent you from thinking about grabbing a bag of chips later. This combination of heavy fibers and water will also promote healthy bowel movements and bulk up your stool.
Beets Are only The Half of it!
Beet's ability to instantly improve athletic performance has often been compared to Popeye’s famous spinach. However, no single food can provide a one-stop snacking solution. The best, and healthiest snacks, work in teams.
We played around with all sorts of flavors before ultimately deciding that Beets and Coconut are our favorite combination. Like a well-seasoned team, Coconuts provide play-by-play while beets add on the color commentary.
The vitamins and minerals in beets increase your body's nitric oxide production, all while the rich veggie helps fill you up without fluff. Beets can relax the cardiovascular system and help your body perform at a high level when it counts the most. Meanwhile, Coconuts natural fats help fill out any gaps in your diet and fuel muscle recovery.
Our bars are held together with organic nuts, salts, and seeds that round out your snack full of natural ingredients accustomed to high performance.
Pairing Beets with the energy-dense coconut that contains zinc, Vitamin C, electrolytes, and a wide range of metabolically important micronutrients makes our Beet-Coco bar a certified super snack, fueled entirely by natural energy.