This blog is written by one of our newest GLIM interns, Kristen Stott - meet Kristen and learn more about the health benefits of carrots!
This blog was written by new GLIM intern Kristen Stott. Kristen is a freshman at Notre Dame and from Madison, Wisconsin.
CARROTS: NOT JUST FOR THE EASTER BUNNY
Carrots are my favorite vegetable because they provide a versatile and inexpensive way to enrich your diet. This beautiful orange veggie gets its color from BETA-CAROTENE which the body concerts to vitamin A. Vitamin A is important for your eye, heart, and immune health.
Vitamin A acts as an antioxidant which helps protect your body against illnesses such as cancer and heart disease. Carrots are available at most grocery stores and will soon be available at your local farmers’ markets (City of Chicago Farmers’ Markets) . Carrots are so versatile–You can eat them raw with hummus (Check back for the GLIM recipe book coming soon!) or you can roast them in the oven on high heat to bring out their natural sweetness. Ina Garten is one of my Food Network favorites and she has a simple and tasty roasted carrot recipe. If you’re looking for a different twist on roasted carrots, I also love to sprinkle CINNAMON on top of them for even more flavor. Adding cinnamon also provides more health benefits because it has been shown to prevent diabetes, decrease inflammation, and protect against heart disease. To read more about the benefits of cinnamon, check out this GLIM blog post!
GLIM is here to help you assess your vitamin and mineral status through
functional medicine lab testing such as the NutrEval.