A carrot a day (and beyond)

Okay so it has been so sunny and shiny and summery all week so many of you are probably already getting on a summer mood. For me, summer mood means at least nightless nights (the profits of living in Finland) and endless days of lying in the sun, desperately hoping to get some tan + vitamin D. However, having a very fair and sensitive skin like most of my fellow Scandinavians, skin protection just can’t be emphasized too much. We don’t want our skin to look like a raisin we we get old, do we? Of course, number one tip is to use sunscreen. Always remember to to put on sunscreen. Always. Another tip is to start eating more carotene, which can also help prevent skin damage and sunburn. I know that some people like to take carotene as pills but I prefer to get mine straight from the nature, from carrots of course. Carrot can be added to almost anything – salads, soups, breads, pancakes, even porridges, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to increase your carrot intake. But before getting to today’s recipe idea, let’s bring in the facts:

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:

Bunny Bircher

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

1tsp maca

Preferred toppings:

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!

xx a

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8 thoughts on “A carrot a day (and beyond)

  1. I've been following your Instagram for a while and I'm so happy you're doing a blog! Your photos are lovely. I'll definitely be checking here for recipes in the future.

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  2. Oonkin tässä pitkään miettinyt mitä tuo Bircher oikein on, nytpä selvisi �� Mutta mahtaako maistua tälläiselle, joka ei koskaan ole tykännyt mannapuurosta?

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  3. Bircher on yleisnimitys myslille jota on “uitettu” yön yli nesteessä hedelmien ja pähkinöiden kanssa (voi siis olla mitä tahansa hedelmiä ja hiutaleita missä tahansa nesteessä – tämä ei ole tosiaan tyypillisin versio) eikä maistu mannapuurolle 🙂

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    1. Hi Maadge, the spelt semolina is from a regular (well equipped foodstore, local supermarket), the puffed amaranth and dried inca berries are from a health food store. If you don’t have a health food store nearby, I would try to order online!

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