Carrots

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 are a favorite vegetable 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. Enjoy them in a variety of ways like roasting, steaming, pureeing into soups, chopping raw in salads, and slaws. They can alos be used in pancakes, breads, muffins, cakes, juices, and smoothies. Nutrition Stripped recipes include Carrot Cake Tahini PancakesRoasted 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), anthocyanidins.

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 increase 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-loving’ friends and not dangerous! It’s called carotenodermia, which happens when you eat very large amounts of carotene-rich foods that result in a yellowish discoloration of the skin or the “golden glow.” Carotenodermia isn’t associated with any health problems and clears after your slow down on eating carotene-rich foods.