Happy Friday, everyone. The weather has been so beautiful all this week and today is no exception. My daughter and I are actually going to meet some friends at the park for some social time. I feel like I haven’t spent time with my friends in months and that is because I haven’t. I am so looking forward to this.
The title, if you have ever watched Looney Tunes, is what Bugs Bunny always used to say while munching on a carrot. Today I am going to discuss carrots. Why? Carrots are a nutrient dense food, and they are very affordable as well. Nutrient dense foods basically are foods that give you a lot of nutrition for not a lot of money. According to my basket app in my area I can buy organic whole carrots for a range of 1.19-1.69. In other words you get the most bang for your buck. That is my kind of food. I do not buy the baby carrots too often, but a lot people use them for snacking. I find raw carrots to be upsetting to my digestive system, so I steam or roast them. If you are following a low glycemic diet cooked carrots have a higher index than raw. I will be posting more on this topic in future posts. If you are into saving money on your food budget but still getting optimal nutrition, be sure and check back each week.
Carrots are rich in Beta Carotene which helps the body make Vitamin A. Vitamin A is super important to the body but it is really great for eye health. Carrots may also help to lower blood pressure, prevent cancer, and aid weight loss. You can also use the carrot tops in smoothies and salads for even more nutrition. Always be sure to wash all fresh veggies prior to consuming. From a CKD perspective carrots have 41 calories, are 88% water, 1 gram of protein, 10 grams of carbs with 3 grams of fiber, 35 mg of Phosphorus, 69 mg of sodium- that is interesting as most raw foods have no sodium so watch that, Potassium 320 mg. That is per 1/2 cup of raw carrots. Nutrition info is from my nutritionfacts app. I round amounts up or down. Don’t forget to take advantage of my March free coaching offer, click to read more.
I love carrots, and I am always looking for ways to eat them. Below you will find some awesome recipe links and videos to help you. I saw one that was scrambled egg with shredded carrots. But, the video was poor quality so I didn’t share it, but it is pretty simple to figure out.
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