Borscht: The Superfood Meal You've Overlooked

Traditional Ukrainian Russian borscht . Bowl of red beet root soup borsch with white cream . Beet Root delicious soup . Traditional Ukraine food cuisine

There are few one-pot meals that contain more nutrients and superfoods than a traditional borscht recipe, and we think it deserves its time in the spotlight.

Borscht soup has been a staple in Ukraine and Eastern Europe for generations. It's packed with nutrients from beets, bone broth, beef, and vegetables, and let's not forget that beautiful, bold reddish-purple color from all those beets!

It's also a perfect dish for colder climates -- comforting, filling, delicious. We love making this because of its rich flavor, amazing health benefits, and how much you can make at one time.

What is Borscht?

The word borscht (also called beet soup or red soup) translates to "sour soup" in most Eastern European countries. The sour cream and fresh dill weed add that iconic flavoring.

Borscht takes several hours to make, but the yield and flavors are worth it! You can feed a large crowd for family holidays and dinners, and it freezes well for a quick dinner option later on. 

Superfoods in Borscht

Borscht is a literal melting pot of so many superfoods, including:

Beets. Beets have been shown to possibly lower blood pressure, fight inflammation, are a great source of fiber, and my have anti-cancer properties. It's also a great source of rutin, one of our favorite antioxidants!

Bone broth. Bone broth is a collagen mega-source. Cooking it slow and low allows the beef bones to break down its connective tissues, releasing natural collagen. Bone broth can also lead to a healthier immune system, better joints, and improved brain health.

Cabbage. Cabbage is full of nutrients like protein, Vitamin K, Vitamin C, protein, and fiber. Because of its wealth of antioxidants, cabbage can help fight your body from free radical damage.

Carrots. Carrots are loaded with Vitamin A, biotin, potassium, and more. They're cited for helping eye health, heart health, diabetes management, and much more.

If beef isn't your thing, borscht can also be made with chicken stock (don't forget to boil those bones) and shredded chicken meat.

Vegetarian Option

The beautiful thing about borscht (other than its color) is that it can be customized. If you prefer vegetarian, you can opt for vegetable stock instead bone broth and omit the beef, perhaps adding hearty mushrooms and a couple cans of cannellini or kidney beans for vitamins and protein.

We hope you enjoy our yummy and nutrient-packed borscht recipe!


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