DID YOU KNOW? Carrots are rich in beta carotene, which your body converts into vitamin A. This nutrient promotes good vision and is important for growth, development, and immune function.
However, beta-carotene is a fat soluble nutrient that needs to be coated in fat for greatest absorption. In addition, the absorption rate is better (up to 6.5-fold) if the carrots are cooked vs. raw.
Lastly, opt for whole carrots vs. baby carrots. Baby carrots are misshappen mature carrots that have been shaved down to a smaller more uniform size. The outer part that’s thrown away is much more nutritious than the inner core. The greatest concentration of nutrients is in the skin and the tissue right below it. When you remove the outer portion of the carrots, you also remove on-third of its phytonutrients.
So, to get the most health benefits from carrots, buy them whole then cook (saute, steam, bake) them in a high-quality fat like avocado oil, coconut oil or olive oil.
Boost your beta-carotene intake by adding carrots to your homemade healthy treats. Try these yummy Carrot Pecan Muffins. They’re perfect for the Easter and Spring season!
Carrot Pecan Muffins
INGREDIENTS: (12 medium sized muffins)
2 cups almond flour
1 tsp ceylon cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3 pastured eggs, room temperature
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted and cooled
1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
1 cup finely shredded carrots (I used a food processor for this)
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1. Preheat oven to 350F and place liners in muffin tray.
2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk almond flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda and salt.
3. Mix in eggs, oil, and honey/maples syrup.
TIME SAVER TIP: Use a food processor for steps 2 & 3, if you have one.
4. Stir in the shredded carrots and chopped pecans.
5. Fill each muffin slot 3/4 of the way with batter.
6. Bake for 20 minutes. Let cool before removing from tin. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator or the freezer.