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Crazy Carrot Wednesday- 20 Carrot Recipes to Try!

27 Feb

A rainbow of carrotsIn my quest of having the family get in the habit of trying new foods, I bought some purple, orange and golden yellow carrots.  If anything, it was worth seeing the expression on their faces that made it all worth it!

I happen to need to eat with my eyes first so the more color on our plates, the happier I am that we are serving a nutritional plate of goodness for each of us.  If you can’t find purple and yellow carrots at the store, keep an eye out for one day that they may have them in the future.  In the meantime, if you haven’t eaten many carrots lately, I’m sure you will be successful in finding a recipe or three that you and whoever you are cooking for, will love!

Fun carrot facts:

  • Carrots were not originally orange.  Back in the day they were purple or red with thin roots
  • What’s up, Doc?  Maybe Bugs Bunny was on to something since the first carrots were grown for medicine
  • Research shows that colorful carrots may help prevent heart disease and cancer & reduce cholesterol
  • Eat/drink too many orange carrots and you WILL take on an orange/yellow pigment in your skin (called Carotenemia) because of beta carotene, a form of Vitamin A in the carrots

Question:  Are carrots better for you eaten raw or cooked?

No one loves a glass of fresh carrot juice better than I (although, I will admit, I will stick with drinking orange carrots since the purple carrots have a slight peppery taste and the yellow are a bit sweet and mild).  I happen to eat half of my meals raw each day because there are many nutrients that are lost when cooked one way or another.  However, there are exceptions to the rule when it comes to eating and being able to process certain foods.  (So the answer is both!)

colorcarrotstryitveganPicture bubble wrap for a moment:  when it comes to nutrition and eating certain foods, there are a ton of nutrients that are inside the item but you have to pop all the nutrients out.  This is one reason why it is SO important to chew your food well which most of us are very guilty of NOT doing.  50-100 chews per bite is what is recommended to ensure that you break down the food and make it accessible for your body to absorb the nutrients.  This is why juicing is a great thing from a nutritional perspective because it pops all the “bubbles” releasing the nutritional benefits (especially kale!)

  • Research has shown that when you eat a raw carrot, only 3% of the entire beta-carotene (Vitamin A) is released.
  • Falcarinol is a substance found in carrots that has been found to reduce the risk of cancer (cancer cells grow more slowly when exposed to it)
  • When boiling or steaming whole carrots, you lose 30% of falcarinol
  • When boiling or steaming pre-cut, small carrots the loss is higher at 60%.
  • Boiled/steamed carrots are easier to digest and preserved antioxidants (carotenoids) rather than frying.

Ok, now that you know more than you thought that you would ever want to know about this common (or not so common) root veggie, go on out and try some of these awesome ways to enjoy this nutritious wonder!

(Common sense input:  if honey is called for, substitute with agave or other sweetener.  Butter, use earth balance.  Etc)

  1. Fresh squeezed carrot juice  (can be as addicting as cigarettes?)
  2. Roasted Carrot Soup
  3. Carrot salad
  4. Roasted carrots
  5. Carrot muffins (using earth balance as opposed to butter/margarine)
  6. Hummus and veggie wrap
  7. Vegetable sushi
  8. Potted carrots (great idea for the kids!!!  with a vegan ranch dip)
  9. Simple carrot fries
  10. Moroccan Carrot Dip
  11. Marsala glazed carrots with hazelnuts
  12. Carrot cake cupcakes
  13. Marmalade Candied Carrots 
  14. Roasted Vegetables with Pecan Gremolata
  15. Carrot cake oatmeal
  16. Carrot pancakes
  17. Lunch Box carrot slaw with apples and vegan yoghurt
  18. Carrot, Avocado and orange salad
  19. Marinated dill carrots
  20. Brown sugar sweet overload carrots

Enjoy 😉  TiV

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Checking for broken needles in their hamburger? Seriously.

8 Feb

Injection-NeedleRecently, I was involved in a meeting with an executive at a large food (including meat) distributor and his attempt to brag and impress us with his company turned out appalling me even more, not that I needed to be.  (In his defense, he didn’t know that I didn’t eat meat…until later)  If you are on the fence about chowing down that steak or burger, let me share with you just a tiny glimpse of exactly what is in your meat- it just may surprise you.

Radiation and Needles…

The meeting was on an entirely different topic when all of a sudden, this gentleman’s face lit up.  “One thing that we take great pride on is that we go the extra step and x-ray all of our meat AFTER all of the other processes and not every company does that.”  (At that point, he really had my attention.  Most of us have heard that ammonia is often used on meats as well as radiation to kill bacteria and if you would like a refresher, this is incredibly eye opening:  Nuclear Lunch Link )

“Often these guys, out their on the farms, jam those (antibiotic) needles in those hard butts and the needles break off and (nodding his head) you can imagine how many times broken bits of metal from the needles are in the meat.  We have our quality standards…”

Have you ever heard how x-rays are to be avoided unless absolutely necessary?  Cancer and fertility issues are overly common and we don’t need to make matters worse by having an x-ray cocktail EVERY time we have a meal, right?  (This is an article on how x-rays effect both of those things, if you need it  HERE)

I ended up blocking out the rest of what he said after he made a comment how pigs are dirty animals.  He pretty much stopped talking around the moment when he said something to the effect of, “If only you knew all the things that are in the meat…” and I replied with, “You don’t have to convince me, I’m the vegan of the group.” 

Ever see someone who realized that they may have said too much?  Yep, me too.

I started eliminating  meat from my diet once I learned about the health aspects and how FILTHY slaughter houses/farms are and one thing that is clear is that the animals are NOT dirty by themselves but the conditions that they live (and die)  in are.  (You and I would never cook our foods in a public bathroom because that is disgusting, right?  But the food prior to being served is prepared in a facility much dirtier.)  Funny how some people in the food industry want people to believe that the food that they consume comes from Old Mcdonald’s farm and the pigs are rolling around in the mud being sloppy.  Nothing could be further from the truth and I wish that I stumbled across this information when I was younger.  My hope is that someone generates enough curiosity to start learning, for themselves and those whom they are responsible for, exactly what they are eating and the consequences (health-wise and environmentally) for doing so.

Apple Match Stick Fries: Reducing the risk of some cancers, cardiovascular disease, asthma and diabetes

7 Jan

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This morning I posted a link on Twitter that speaks of the great health benefits of apples (HERE)  Thanks to my mandoline, we have found some creative  ways to make snacking on an apple a bit more appealing to even those who insisted that they didn’t like apples.  
 
With much more focus on eating smaller meals with healthy snacks twice a day, apples are a great go-to for all ages.  With over 7000 different varieties around the world, there are at least a handful that will make your mouth water.  (For an apple directory, try HERE)
 
Cardiovascular disease and cancer are the two top killers in North America, choose apples for preventative measure considering they are loaded with phytonutrients (plant nutrients) that are known to reduce the risk of some cancers, cardiovascular disease, asthma and diabetes.  (http://www.nutritionj.com/content/3/1/5)
 
Give your palate a treat, pick some apples the next time you are out and make a point of including an apple once a day in your diet, however you choose to slice, dice or bite it 😉  Your body will thank you!
 
Try it!
-M

 

 
 
 
 
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