As children, we were frequently told, “Eat your carrots, they’re good for your eyes.”
Carrots are high in beta-carotene, the pigment that gives many fruits and vegetables their bright red, yellow, and green colors.
These compounds also play an important role in many cellular functions, including boosting our immunity.
Health Benefits Of Carrots
Vitamins and Good Fiber
Carrots contain Vitamin A, Vitamin C, minerals, and fiber.
1 cup of chopped carrot contains approximately 73% of your daily recommended vitamin A intake and 3 grams of fiber.
We were often told as children to“Eat your carrots, they are good for your eyes.”
The primary reason for this health benefit is that carrots are high in beta-carotene, a pigment that gives many fruits and vegetables their vibrant red, yellow, and green colors.
Moreover, including carrots or other Vitamin A containing foods in our meal plans on a regular basis, they not only play an important role in our vision and help strengthen our immune system.
Vitamin A Antioxidant
As an antioxidant, vitamin A is extremely important.
Many fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants, which aid in the fight against free radicals, according to a number of studies.
Free Radicals and Abnormal Cell Growth
Free Radicals are produced in our bodies as a result of metabolic processes or external influences such as radiation, environmental toxins, cigarette smoke, and pesticides in our food.
High levels of free radical exposure can interfere with the normal growth of cells inside our bodies over time.
Furthermore, when our bodies are overburdened with free radicals, they begin to attack our cells, potentially leading to the development of various chronic and inflammatory diseases.
Increase Your Phytonutrients Intake
It is critical to consume a wide variety of fruits and vegetables on a daily basis.
In addition, they supply us with a variety of vitamins, minerals, and Phytonutrients that can help us to fight against free radicals and nourish our bodies.
COVID-19 and Immunity
Carrots are not only good for your eyes, but they can also help boost your immune system. Who doesn’t need a stronger immune system during this COVID-19 Pandemic?
COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus pandemic, has claimed the lives of many people, particularly those who are immunocompromised or have pre-existing medical conditions.
The increased anxiety and fear that many people are experiencing as a result of the Pandemic can weaken our immune systems and make us more susceptible to viral infections.
Furthermore, boosting our immune system can help us avoid getting sick.
Carrots At Your Local Farmers Market.
Carrots are the most versatile and readily available vegetable on the market.
You can find them in almost all grocery stores or your local Grand Army Plaza Farmer Market.
Carrots are inexpensive and can be used in a variety of recipes, including desserts, drinks, soups, and salads.
The Union Square Farmers Market in New York City showcases a variety and different colors of carrots.
Visit your local farmer’s market to find fruits and vegetables that you may not find at your local grocery store.
Immune Boosting Carrot Drink Recipes
- Mixing Bowl
- Sauce Pan
- Sieve or Strainer
Non-dairy Carrot Drink
- 1 cup Carrot, diced
- ½ cup Pineapple, cubed
- 1 tbsp. Brown Sugar
- 1½ cup Water
- 1 medium Lime, juiced
- 3 cubes Ice
- 1 tbsp. Ginger, chopped
Milk-Based Carrot Drink
- 6 medium Carrot, cubed
- 1 cup Sweetened Condensed Milk
- 1 cup Whole Milk
- 2 tsp Nutmeg, grated
- 8 cups Water
- 2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
- ¼ cup Brown Sugar
- 2 tbsp Rum (optional)
Non-Dairy Easy Carrot Pineapple Drink
- A non-milk-based carrot drink is ideal for people who can not tolerate cow's milk. This is ideal for vegans or vegetarians. Dairy-free carrot drink is very refreshing, especially during the hot summer days. I enjoy adding fresh ginger because it adds a bit of spicy in addition to increasing the anti-inflammatory properties of the drink.
- Carrots are available all year and can be used in a variety of ways. Try this easy carrot pineapple drink to boost your immune system.To increase the nutritional value, you may add beets as an ingredient.
- Using a blender or a Nutrabullet, blend all ingredients (carrot, ginger, vanilla extract, sugar, lime juice until smooth. Serves about 2 people.
Milk-Based Carrot Drink
- Blend the carrot and water in a blender until smooth. Using a sieve, strain the carrot juice into a bowl. Use a spoon to press against the pulp to extract as much juice as possible. Do not throw away the carrot pulp. save for later use in a recipe
- Once all the juice is extracted in a bowl, add the milk, condensed milk, sugar, nutmeg, vanilla extract, and rum.
- The addition of rum is optional. Personally, I enjoy the flavor it imparts to the drink. Granny, my neighbor, used Jamaican Red Label Wine and/or Jamaican Wray and Nephew Rum not only as a flavoring agent but also as a preservative.
- Served over ice cubed or chill before serving. Serves about 4-5 people.
Carrot Grater Cake (repurpose of the carrot pulp "trash")
- One person's trash is another person's treasure. The carrot pulp contains the majority of the fiber. The pulp of the carrot, or what most Jamaicans refer to as "trash," is frequently used to make one of my favorite sweet treats, made of coconut and similar to the Jamaican grater cake recipe.
- In a saucepan, combine the remaining carrot pulp, add 2 cups brown sugar, 2 tsp. nutmeg, 1 tbsp. grated ginger, 1 cup water, a pinch of salt, and 2 tsp. vanilla essence.
- Over medium heat, cook carrot mixture until it becomes syrup-like consisitency.
- Line a tray with grease paper. Spoon a small amount onto the grease paper and allow it to cool.These carrot cakes are a great snack idea for everyone in the entire family.