I wrote recently about the much maligned pea, a traditional vegetable forgotten in a sea of more unusual and fashionable legumes. A good friend to the pea, I feel is the carrot (I think Forrest Gump agreed with me).
The old wives tale tells us that carrots are good for the eyes (despite little research being done here) and it may hold some truth, 1 cup of carrot contains about 400% of your vitamina A requirement, a substance needed to maintain the health of your retinas. If we take a lOOK (hah excuse the pun) at more recent research however carrots are chock full of antioxidants, some which are known to prevent cardio vascular disease (carotenoids) and some that have been linked to protection against colon cancer (polyacetylenes). Although these antioxidants in carrots are fairly stable (which means that you can cook them and not loose too many), they are at their best when consumed raw,
Today was a dull day in the UK, April showers, and little sun to be seen, until I opened my bag of carrots to find two comically joined together like little pair of (badly) fake tanned legs. Childish? Perhaps. Silly? Yes. Did it brighten my day? Absolutely!
Laughing is so good for us (so I made sure to boost my friend’s health by posting it in Facebook) but so are carrots, so I share with you the silly photo (at the bottom), and a fabulous, shiny, happy carrot juice concoction.
This recipe produces such a vibrant bright juice, that you can’t help but be cheered by it. It’s a little glass of sunshine whatever the weather.
6-8 clean carrots
1/2 a small pineapple, peeled
Juice everything and radiate in its warm sunny glow 🙂 gulp!
Next up: This sunny juice has left me feeling totally tropical, I’m going to do a coconutty juice recipe!