crunchy carrots

It’s raining again?!  What is going on?  I thought it was April showers…

I wanted some of everything for breakfast this morning.  Does this happen to anyone else?  Sometimes, when I am that hungry, I end up eating random bites of things straight out of the cabinet or fridge.  But, I have been trying not to do that lately.  Even though my random bites from the cabinet are not unhealthy (because I really don’t buy items with artificial ingredients and the like), they do not make me feel satisfied.

Eventually, after searching, I decided on a big glass of fresh-squeezed juice and manna bread with almond butter and banana.

In the juice mix:

  • 1 apple
  • 2 carrots
  • pineapple
  • 3 celery stalks
  • ginger
  • 1/2 cucumber

I loved the cucumber!  I could really taste it, and it made the juice very refreshing, which would be perfect for the summer!

Served along with some manna bread, almond butter and banana.  I love juice with breakfast, but I also like something to chew (and some fat for satiety).

Carrots

You have probably noticed that I add carrots to almost every juice that I make.  Well, I really enjoy the taste of carrots, but I don’t love eating them.  It may be weird…but, it’s just something about eating carrots that I don’t like – I can’t explain it.  But, carrots have so many beneficial nutrients (and I like the taste), that I am able to add to my diet by adding them to my juices.  I normally try to make juice a few times each week.

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Carrots do contain a good amount of sugar, but because it is natural sugar and has a high carotenoid content, it actually helps balance blood sugar.  They provide an excellent source of vitamins, including A, C, D, E, K, B1 and B6.  Carrots have a high amount of antioxidant compounds which help protect against cardiovascular disease and cancer and also promote good vision, especially night vision.  And, are also very rich in calcium, magnesium and phosphorus.  As we know from my post about the benefits of chocolate, over 80% of Americans are deficient in magnesium.  We need magnesium for heart health, muscle relaxation and to increase our brainpower.  So, if you don’t like chocolate (?!), then eat your carrots!

Enough about carrots!  It’s time for lunch.

I made up a delicious salad to bring with me today with a little of everything from my fridge.  Salad with romaine, cucumbers, heirloom cherry tomatoes, chickpeas and apricot stilton with pear infused viniagrette.

My home-cooked chickpeas are pretty good!

Along with my salad, I had a side of Cheese-y Quackers that I picked up from One Lucky Duck in NYC.

Cheese-y Quackers are raw crackers made with organic almonds, organic flax, organic nutritional yeast, organic spices and organic sea salt.  Can’t get much healthier than that!

And, they tasted great.  They were just as crispy as crackers could be, and had a great cheese-y taste.  They tasted very rich, which meant that I only needed a few!  Definitely a perfect replacement for me.

It is so gross out, and it looks like we have a few more rainy days in the future.  It’s a perfect day to curl up on the couch with a blanket and a cup of tea…too bad I’m headed back to work!

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5 Responses

  1. Hi,
    Love your blog!
    I try my best to follow a raw diet, but fall off the wagon quite a bit. I am really impressed with how it seems you really stick to your healthy eating and how it has become a habit. I aspire to reach that point. Just wondering what kind of juicers you use — or how you actually make your juices?
    Thanks very much,
    Heather

  2. I love eating carrots but never thought of adding them to smoothies for some reason- you are right there are so many great nutrients in carrots!

  3. […] Remember a few days ago when I said I didn’t like to eat carrots raw? Well, I still don’t love them, but they worked ok in my salad today.  I liked having something crunchy paired with the creamy avocado and dressing!  I try to get a variety of colors and veggies into my lunches, so the carrots worked today. […]

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