Carrot contains significant amounts of carotene (alfa- & beta- carotene), vitamins C and B, some minerals such as kalium, iron and magnesium, phenolic compounds + a lot of fiber. And why is all this good for you? Well, firstly, fiber keeps your stomach working whereas phenolic compounds improve liver function and have been said to prevent cardiovascular diseases and even cancer and type 2 diabetes. Secondly, what about the carotene? Carotenes are antioxidants. Medical research has shown that alfa-carotene can help in preventing the risk of cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes and asthma among others. Beta-carotene is an antioxidant which transforms into vitamin A in your body; vitamin A is essential for the wellbeing of eyes, skin and mucosas. As an antioxidant, beta-carotene also protects the cells from outer damaging agents such as sunlight (sunburn). Moreover, beta-carotene can improve the immunity system!
Was I convincing enough, did I create a carrot craving? Hope so because here’s a delicious brekkie idea with some carrot sneaked in:
What you will need:
1dl spelt semolina (Finnish: manna) or spelt flakes
2dl oat milk
1 grated carrot
1/2 mashed banana
1tbsp chia seeds
1/2tsp vanilla powder
puffed amaranth, banana, berries, dried incaberries
How to do it?
- Grate the carrot and mash the banana half, then put them into a jar.
- Add in remaining ingredients (but not the toppings) and mix well with a fork. (Semolina is preferred here but “regular” spelt flakes or even other whole grain flakes will work too, they will just create a thicker consistency).
- Allow a moment for the mixture to build up, then stir once more.
- Place your jar in the fridge and let it sit there for at least a couple of hours but preferably overnight.
- In the morning, top with the remaining banana half, puffed amaranth and incaberries or other toppings of your choice. Enjoy!