Carrots are one of my favorite vegetables to grab for a quick snack. They’re considered a root vegetable, growing in the ground and come in a variety of colors such as purple, orange, yellow, red, and white. Crunchy, slightly sweet, and juicy, carrots are great to use in savory and sweet dishes.
How to use | use as you would any other vegetable. I love cooking carrots in a variety of ways, roasting, steaming, pureeing into soups, chopping raw in salads, slaws, and can be used in pancakes, breads, muffins, cakes, juices, and smoothies. Some of my favorite carrot recipes on Nutrition Stripped includeCarrot Cake Tahini Pancakes, Roasted Carrots with tahini drizzle, and juices!
Nutrient breakdown of CARROTS | *per 1 cup (128g)
Fiber | 1 cup of carrots contains 4g fiber
Carbohydrates | 1 cup of carrots contains 12g carbohydrates
Vitamin A | 428% DV
Vitamin C | 13% DV
Vitamin K | 21% DV
Vitamin B6 | 9% DV
Potassium | 12% DV
Manganese | 9% DV
Antioxidants | carotenoids (alpha and beta-carotene), anthocyanindins.
Carrots contain several health benefits from their antioxidant, vitamin, and mineral content ranging from anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and cardiovascular benefits due to the antioxidants. Carrots have also been known for their impact on protecting our vision and overall eye health, this is due to the vitamin A and carotenoids.
Where to purchase | health food stores, grocery stores, or farmers markets.
Tips and tricks | cooking and heating carrots actually increases the carotenoids found in this root vegetable. Unlike most vegetables where I would recommend eating them raw as much as possible to get the maximum amount of nutrition (especially vitamin C), carrots (and tomatoes, and some cruciferous vegetables) actually increase in nutrition when cooked.
FUN FACT | Ever turn orange from eating too many carrots? This is actually common in my fellow veg-lovin’ friends and not dangerous! It’s called carotenodermia, which happens when you eat very large amounts of carotene-rich foods that results in a yellowish discoloration of the skin- I refer this to having a golden glow. No worries though, carotenodermia isn’t associated with any health problems and clears after your slow down on eating carotene-rich foods. Side note: females who eat more carotene-rich foods are more attractive, says this study! Carrots are a true beauty food in my book.