10 Carrots

The title of this blog may have you thinking of carats in terms of diamonds (mass) or carats in terms of gold (purity) but this is about the bounty of food that can be made by using the last 10 carrots (root vegetable) in your refrigerator!

We have a monthly food budget goal and my shopping day each week is Wednesday to benefit from double deals at Sprouts.  By Monday each week, there are slim pickings left in our kitchen which gives me a chance to get creative and use what we have left.  The upside to this is we rarely waste any food which is great since the US wastes more than 40% of its food so don’t need our help adding to that number!

The item I focused on today was the 10 carrots that was left over from the 5lb bag I bought last Wednesday.  I was able to make three items by using almost all of the 10 carrots.  After I cleaned, pealed and trimmed the carrots, I juiced them.  I used most of the juice and the pulp to make smoothies, raw carrot bites and carrot cake pancakes!  Plus there is still some fresh carrot juice left!  We will make it until Wednesday grocery day thanks to the creative carrot recipes!

Carrot Nutrients

Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A, providing 210% of the average adult’s needs for the day. They also provide 6% of vitamin C needs, 2% of calcium needs and 2% of iron needs per serving.

It is the antioxidant beta-carotene that gives carrots their bright orange color. Beta-carotene is absorbed in the intestine and converted into vitamin A during digestion.

Carrots also contain fiber, vitamin K, potassium, folate, manganese, phosphorous, magnesium, vitamin E and zinc.

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