Healthy snacks for kids: Glazed Organic Carrots

Glazing Organic Carrots Recipe

Preparing healthy meals at home is essential for many mothers, healthy food support the immune system, helps to reduce the risk of serious illness and disease. It can also improve energy, and sleep quality for the family.

Carrots are one of the world’s healthiest foods. They are a great source of vitamin A, fiber, beta-carotene, and antioxidants for children. Naturally sweet, healthy, and crunchy texture make them one of the top favorite food for kids of all ages.

Sourcing Organic Carrots

One of the most vital lessons I’ve learned from various culinary experiences is to know your ingredients!

Most chefs advise visiting farm markets and understanding the kind of food you are preparing for the family or children. Buying locals, support farmers! Talk with the sellers; they may have a better insight into the ingredients you are purchasing, and it will help you connect with the food through the conversation.

Choosing carrot begins with scanning the surface to ensure no limps or cracks; it certainly cannot look too dry. Fresh carrot should have a deep color and smooth surface; Another method is looking at the green leaves on the top, which should appear bright and fresh green.

Why Organic carrots?

Organic carrot, compared to regular have higher levels of iron, magnesium, and phosphorus. They also contain fewer nitrates than the regular ones, which are potentially harmful to adults and babies. Although organic products tend to be more expensive, they are susceptible to more natural variations in shape and size.

    The Benefits of Carrot: 

    1. Improving Vision & Memory

    Vitamin A is required for clear vision. Having carrots regularly can potentially improve vision and reduce the risk of eye-related illnesses such as night blindness for your children. On the other hand, research has shown that the carrot also helps cognitive development, reducing brain inflammation and memory loss.

    2. Preventing Macular Degeneration

    Carrots are high in beta-carotene, which has antioxidant properties to help fight oxidative stress and helps reduce macular degeneration by 40%.

    3. Supporting Healthy Skin

    Vitamin A and antioxidants in beta-carotene offer a natural glow on your skin. It can prevent you from certain skin conditions such as dry skin, eczema, and psoriasis. 

    4. Promoting Healthy Digestion

    Carrots are rich in fiber and promote smooth and regular bowel motions. Drinking carrot juice is an alternative way to help regulate digestion and enhance liver functions for your children. Therefore, incorporating carrots into the diet can potentially remove toxicity from the body and perform as a natural body cleanser.

    5. Eliminating Intestinal Worms

    Beta-carotene can eliminate and destroy the eggs of intestinal worms. 

    6. Keeping the Teeth Healthy

    Carrots provide calcium and other elements that keep teeth healthier.

    Oblique Carrots Cut

    Oblique Carrot Cut

    Oblique Cut is a specific knife cut often performed on long, round pieces of food. Seven Micheline stars chef Thomas Keller once mentioned the oblique cut gives a different texture to the carrot created from the shape, and I couldn’t agree more.

    Due to the triangular shape of the oblique cut, it is easier for young children to pick up from the fork.

    How to make an oblique cut: 

    1. Hold your carrot on a cutting surface at a 45-degree angle.
    2. Cutting on the diagonal angle, roll the carrot a quarter after each cut.

    Learning a new knife skill takes time and patience. 

    Make Glazed Organic Carrots

    Cooking Times

    Prep time: 10 minutes
    Cook time: 10 minutes

    Ingredients

    • 4 cups of organic carrots
    • 2 tbsp. butter 
    • 2 tbsp. sugar
    • a bit of vinegar and water
    • salt, to taste

    Instructions

    1. Add the butter to the baby carrots in a covered saucepan. Stir with sugar.
    2. Add the salt to taste, cover and simmer until the carrots are tender but not mushy.
    3. Finish with salt and herbs to enhance taste. 

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