Make this easy healthy breakfast of shredded carrots, a mouth-watering sweet-tart, soft, and crunchy breakfast made with carrots and kiwifruit.
Hi lovely, it's summer season and new-carrot season! I'm so excited to share with you this simple, easy healthy breakfast full of health benefits.
What do you stay to kickstart your day with some chewy healthy breakfast full of dietary fiber and tones of other nutrients?
I love chewing raw carrots every time I'm cooking. But I've increased my carrot intake since I started experiencing eye fatigue due to screens! Since I started blogging, I've been working a lot on my computer, which strains my eyes.
"Eat carrots for your eyes!" ever heard that? Carrots, as you'll learn farther from this post, possess some phytonutrients that are helpful for the eyes.
I created this healthy breakfast out of coincidence. We had a lot of kiwifruits in the house, but we could barely eat more than two due to their enzyme that acts on the tongue, causing itchy and an irritating sensation!
I've found that heating kiwifruit reduces this effect.
This shredded carrot recipe is relatively quick to cook. Grate and toss carrots in some olive oil, and add spices to enhance the flavors. When young and fresh, avoid peeling carrots as their skins are tender and full of dietary fiber.
Kiwifruit is exceptionally high in vitamin C, K, and copper. It has a unique dietary fiber that promotes some gut bacteria like lactobacilli and bifidobacteria.
Carrots' nutrition and health benefits
Carrots are about 89% water and have relatively fewer carbs. They contain some plant proteins but are considerably low in fats.
Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A and have moderately higher levels of vitamins K, B6, C, and B1, respectively. Although carrots aren't very high in minerals, you can enjoy potassium, manganese, magnesium, sodium, and calcium.
Note that the content of iron, calcium, and magnesium highly depends on the carrot's variety!
What carrots are perfect for, besides being high in fiber and some vitamins, are the carotenoids. These are phytochemicals high in antioxidants and are known to prevent diseases listed below:
- Carotenoids prevent cancer,
- enhance the immune system,
- prevent cardiovascular disease,
- they can reduce the risk of cerebrovascular disease (CVD)
- reduce the risk of developing eye cataracts,
- decrease the risk of macular degeneration (eye disease)
- they promote healthy skin and mucus membrane
Eat carrots to lower cholesterol!
Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, a phytochemical converted into vitamin A in the body. Dietary beta-carotene is associated with low cholesterol in the blood.
As you have read above, carrots are primarily composed of water and have fewer carbs, especially when they aren't overcooked or added sweeteners like honey or maple syrup.
Their fiber will create bulky in your gut, making you feel satiated for longer hours. Fiber also slows the emptying of the stomach, thus reducing the quick absorption of sugar.
To make this carrot recipe, you'll need to grate carrots and cook them for a few minutes into spices. Vitamin A in carrots becomes bioavailable through cooking.
You don't necessarily need to cook the kiwifruit. Once the carrots are ready, cut off the heat and add the kiwifruit that way, you'll reduce the degradation of vitamin C.
How to serve this carrot recipe
My daughter and I love this carrot recipe as simple as it is. However, sometimes, we use gluten-free flatbread, aka chapati, and we also love them with oatmeal.
Feel free to add a source of proteins.
You can also customize this shredded carrot recipe into a salad.
Can you make this healthy breakfast of shredded carrots in advance?
Absolutely. If you have no time to make this carrot recipe in the morning, make it the night before or add it to your meal prep. It stores well up to 4 days due to the presence of vitamin C that acts as a preservative.
Lovely, I hope you'll love this not-so-common healthy breakfast. Please share by using the sharing buttons, and if you like it, please leave me a word.
Healthy meals don't have to be complicated! Keep them simple.
You have the power to heal yourself, Githu.
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Easy healthy breakfast of shredded carrots
- Chopping board
- kitchen knife
- food grater
- cooking pan
- Cooking spoon
- 6 cardamom s
- 2 tablespoon cold-pressed olive oil
- 6 medium new carrots
- a small piece of fresh ginger root
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
- pinch of salt
- 4 kiwifruits
- some fresh thyme
- Clean and grate the carrots together with ginger using a food grater
- In a heating pan, put the cardamom pods, and using the back of your cooking spoon, press them hard to release their seeds
- Discard the cardamom shells and let the seeds heat on the dry pan for about 2mins
- Add the olive oil and immediately put the shredded carrots with ginger (do not smoke the oil!). Use your cooking spoon to mix everything well
- Sprinkle some cinnamon powder and a pinch of salt on the carrots
- Give a toss and cover to cook for about 3mins covered on a medium-high heat
- During this time, peel and slice/cut the kiwifruits
- Toss again the cooking carrots and cut off the heat.
- Add the kiwifruit and fresh thyme leaves. Give a gentle mix. Cover to cool.
- Serve immediately or store in your fridge once the dish has completely cooled.