If you want to prepare a healthy side-dish for your family, think orange. Vegetables with bright orange and yellow pigments are usually rich in beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant that helps your body stay healthy. Carrots are packed with this important nutrient. Your body converts beta-carotene into vitamin A, including a form known as retinol.
Our moms were right – carrots support eye health and good vision. Eating beta-carotene rich foods is also linked to healthy skin. (You’ve likely seen skin products touting the benefits of retinol.) But did you know this important nutrient helps grow strong bones and lowers your risk of developing cancer and heart disease? Some researchers believe it even slows down the aging process. Look at all the ways carrots are good for you.
This recipe serves up the healthy benefits of beta-carotene with a scrumptious ginger orange marinade. Because you prepare it on the grill, it’s also easy.
8 whole carrots, peeled
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp. fresh ginger, grated
Juice of 1 fresh orange
1 Tbsp. honey
1. Lightly put carrots into boiling water for two to three minutes until carrots are cooked firm to the bite. Cool quickly in an ice bath
2. Combine oil, ginger, orange juice, and honey; mix well
3. Preheat grill and lightly oil grates. Lightly brush each carrot with ginger mixture and grill, basting one to two minutes
4. Grill carrots until tender, five to six minutes. Remove and place on a platter
5. Drizzle with ginger mixture and serve
(Note: This recipe works best when you prepare all the ingredients before you begin grilling)
Calories – 73
Carbohydrates – 8 gm
Protein – 1 gm
Cholesterol – 0 mg
Fiber – 2 gm
Total fat –5 gm
Saturated fat – 1 gm
Sodium – 50 mg