Whole foods: the nutritional benefits of carrots


Fresh carrots

A raw carrot is often one of the few vegetables children are happy to chomp on and lucky for us, carrots are packed full of good nutrition making them a perfect snack choice for people of all ages.

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Carrots, like any brightly coloured fruits and vegetables are a rich source of vitamins, in the case of carrots, the pre cursor to vitamin A – beta-carotene, which gives them their rich orange flavour. Vitamin A is one of the nutrients responsible for cell regeneration, helping us to see in the dark and for a healthy immune system. Vitamin A is also a powerful antioxidant.

Carrots are also a good source of Vitamins C, E and dietary fibre. Just one carrot each day will provide a child with almost their entire daily requirement of beta-carotene, so serve them chopped with dips, in ring with honey sauce for dinner or as a delicious snack on their own for a tasty nutrition hit.

Recipe: Shape Me Crazy for Carrot Juice

An easy way to get your veg intake before it’s even 10am!

Serves 1

Ingredients

1 carrot

1 beetroot

1 green apple

Handful of mint

Ginger

Ice

1/2 cup of water

Method

1. Blend all ingredients and serve.

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