What’s up doc?
That’s the phrase Bugs Bunny muttered when he was up to no good. Always hanging out of the side of his mouth was a carrot. When we were kids, we would grab carrots from the fridge (with the tops on!) and imitate the cartoon rabbit. Yes, I’m dating myself but I loved that cartoon and I love carrots.
This simple root veggie is a standard staple in most people’s fridges. It’s used in everything from soups to stews to side dishes. A favorite snack, these antioxidant rich root veggies contain carotenoids, which help fight inflammation and prevents the oxidization of cholesterol; very important considering that it is oxidized cholesterol that causes the build up on arterial walls and contributes to heart attack and stroke.
Studies have shown that a generous intake of beta carotene (in the form of beta carotene rich veggies, such as carrots, sweet potatoes, etc.) is helpful in lowering the risk to colon cancer as well.
But make sure you go organic. The USDA Pesticide Data Program reports that there are 26 different pesticide residues on conventional carrots. My strong suggestion is you either grow your own or buy organic.
Do you love those cute baby carrots you see in the grocery store? Not babies at all. In fact, they’re just regular carrots, cut, shaped and bagged to look like “baby carrots”. How about that?
Here’s an easy RECIPE:
Roasted Baby Carrots
1/2 pound baby organic carrots
2 tablespoons olive oil
sea salt and pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Toss carrots in a bowl with the olive oil, salt, and pepper. Transfer to a sheet pan in 1 layer and roast in the oven for 20 minutes, until browned and tender.
Serves 6: Calories:110; Total Fat: 7 grams; Saturated Fat:1 gram; Protein: 1 gram; Total carbohydrates:12 grams; Sugar: 6 grams; Fiber: 3.5 grams; Cholesterol: 0 milligrams; Sodium: 484 milligrams
Leanne Ely, Your Dinner Diva. Saving your Dinner since 2001
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