The nitrates in beets are considered brain food that can slow the effects of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Beets contain nitrates, which may help increase blood flow to the brain, improve cognitive function and possibly reduce the risk of dementia. The nitrates, which are converted to nitric oxide in the body are known to expand the walls of blood vessels so you can enjoy more oxygen, more nutrients, and more energy.  Add some beets to your next meal.  Try my Golden Beet, Fig and Arugula Salad.

Recipe by Rose Reisman

Golden Beet, Fig and Arugula Salad

Golden Beet, Fig and Arugula Salad


  • 3 cups packed arugula
  • 2 large yellow beets, peeled, either spiralized or shredded
  • ½ small red bell pepper, julienned (sliced thinly)
  • 4 fresh figs, cut into quarters
  • 3 Tbsp sunflower seeds
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil [dressing]
  • 4 tsp maple syrup [dressing]
  • 2 tsp lemon juice [dressing]
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar [dressing]
  • ½ tsp Dijon mustard [dressing]
  • ½ tsp minced garlic [dressing]
  • Salt and pepper [dressing]


  1. 1 Place arugula and beets on serving platter. Add bell pepper, figs and sunflower seeds.
  2. 2 Dressing: Combine all ingredients and pour over salad.
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