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CARROTS – NOT JUST RABBIT FOOD

Okay, so here’s the thing. Not only is this raw carrot salad brimming with antioxidant substances and omega-3s, but it’s oh-so-yummy!

Why are we suggesting you eat some bunny food? Well, carrots are high in lutein, a carotenoid that is important for eye health, while Vitamin A is essential for clear vision and supports the cornea. When combined with other vitamins, it has also been shown to play a role in the prevention of macular degeneration. These bright veggies are also useful in preventing and treating glaucoma and the development of cataracts, according to a number of studies.

And then there’s the rest of the ingredients and their groovy benefits: Flaxseed oil helps boost your daily intake of omega-3, without over-loading on omega-6. Increasing your fibre intake by keeping the skins on the carrots will steady blood-sugar levels in diabetes, and help you feel fuller for longer.

Now if this isn’t a reason to grab some sunny food this winter, we don’t know what is!

Let’s get right to it shall we:

Ingredients:

  • 500g carrots, coarsely grated (about 4 cups)
  • 1/4 cup flaxseed oil
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 4 cloves garlic, mashed or minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh green chilies 

Directions:

In a large bowl, mix together all the ingredients. Cover and let marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or up to 2 days to allow the flavors to meld and permeate the carrots. Served chilled or at room temperature.

Tips: 

  • Buy locally grown carrots when they are in season- this way they are the freshest and most flavourful.
  • Use the entire carrot, including the tops and skin to boost fibre intake and reduce wastage.