Today’s Superfood: Carrots

Carrots were one of the earliest vegetables grown by man. Carrots certainly live up to their name as a super food. One reason being, they are available to harvest all year round, making them a great choice no matter what the season!

Wish you could see in the dark? Carrots contain high levels of beta-carotene, which is converted to vitamin A in our bodies. Vitamin A works to improve our night vision and maintain our eye health- making it easier to see in the dark!

Fun fact: Carrots are grown deep in soil, allowing them to absorb an abundant amount of minerals beneficial to our health.

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Good to know! Most vegetables when cooked lose their nutrients, but not carrots! Cooking them actually makes the high levels of beta-carotene more available for our bodies to absorb

Pick the perfect carrot

  • Bright orange
  • Firm
  • Fresh green tops
  • Medium in size
  • Tapper off at the end

Carrots are one of the most versatile vegetables. They can be eaten raw, steamed, boiled or baked. They can be added to stews, pasta, casseroles, or roasts. They even make a great ingredient for cake!

 

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Ways to cooks your carrots

  • Braised:  Simmer in chicken broth.  When cooked to desired texture, add a touch of butter and salt.
  • Roasted: On baking sheet, brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and parmesan cheese.  Cook at 400 for about 20 minutes.
  • Steamed: Cooked to perfection in a rice cooker or steamer.
  • Sautéed: Delicious in stir-fry’s and a great compliment to other vegetables.  Pour  1 TBL oil in a pan.  Add chopped vegetables.  Stir every minute or so until vegetables are cooked.

 

Don’t like your carrots plain?

Peas and Carrot Sandwich

1 cup of peas

2 TBL olive oil

1/4 cup shredded carrots

Put peas and oil in a food processor and pulse until combined.  Spread pesto like peas on whole wheat bread.  Grate or shred carrots and sprinkle on peas.

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What’s your family’s favorite way to eat carrots?

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