What do you think of when you see a carrot? First that comes to my mind is being a kid mimicking Bugs Bunny’s famous catchphrase while chomping on a carrot, “eh what’s up doc?” (I may or may not still do that…) Then I think how tasty fresh garden carrots and that they are actually good for me!
Talking about this simple and not so glamorous food was prompted by a comment I heard from someone restricting carrots from their intake because “Carrots are too high in Sugar.” Unless they actually harm you or you are allergic, I see no reason to avoid any natural whole food, including carrots.
I love carrots, and not just because of Bugs Bunny. I consider carrots an affordable, accessible, nutrient-rich beauty food! Carrots are a low calorie root vegetable packed full of health and beauty promoting nutrients including powerful antioxidants (specifically carotenoids which are converted to Vit. A in the body). Vitamin A helps repair skin tissue and protect against the Sun’s damaging rays. Carrots are also good source of Fibre, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Folate, Potassium, Calcium and Vitamin B6.
Yes, carrots do have sugar but they provide a natural source of sugar and starch that are required by our bodies to use for energy, build muscle and thrive in a long vibrant life. It is way better to get natural sources of sugar from root vegetables like carrots than processed foods or sugary drinks. I love carrots as a snack being low in calories, filling, crunchy and naturally sweet.
They are also known as low glycemic index food. The glycemic index is a scale that ranks foods based on how quickly they increase blood sugars. Including more low glycemic index foods into our daily nutrition have been proven to prevent some diseases, maintain health and may help slow down the signs of aging!
My favorite way to eat carrots is straight out of the garden (washed first of course)! Steaming them is also another great way to release the beauty nutrients making them more available for your body!
Last night I made these super yummy carrot fries. They taste somewhat like yam fries! I hope you enjoy!
4 large carrots, cleaned and peeled
½ Tbsp coconut oil, melted
½ tsp sea salt
½ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp smoked paprika
1.Preheat oven to 425°F.
2. Cut each carrot into 2” long sections, then cut each into thin sticks (like fries!).
3. In a large bowl, toss carrot sticks in oil, salt, garlic powder, and paprika.
4. Spread evenly on parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Bake for 18-22 minutes until browned.
P.S. Riah Love carrots too!