Superfood: Carrots

You can improve your vision and fight off certain cancers by eating more carrots. Let us show you how.

  • Steamed Carrots with Garlic-Ginger Butter
    By: Anne Cain, R.D., Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Steamed Carrots with Garlic-Ginger Butter

    Carrots ARE good for your eyesight—it’s not just a myth. Carrots contain beta carotene, a pigment that converts vitamin A in the body and helps improve vision. The beta carotene in carrots is also an antioxidant that can help reduce the risk of certain cancers. In addition to the beta carotene, carrots are a good source of fiber, potassium and vitamin C.
  • Carrot Cake Pancakes
    By: Anne Cain, R.D., Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

    Carrot Cake Pancakes

    Filled with toasted walnuts, shredded carrots, and all the spices found in carrot cake, these light buttermilk pancakes are a guilt-free breakfast pleasure that provides disease-fighting vitamin A as well as heart-healthy and monounsaturated fat.
  • Carrot, Apple, and Ginger Refresher
    By: Anne Cain, R.D., Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Carrot, Apple, and Ginger Refresher

    Get a daily dose of vitamin A from carrot juice plus calcium from the yogurt when you sip on this easy smoothie. It’s an easy way to have a nutrient-packed breakfast or snack.
  • Soybean and Carrot Salad
    By: Anne Cain, R.D., James Carrier

    Soybean and Carrot Salad

    Pump up the protein in this vitamin-packed salad by combining shelled soybeans and shredded carrot.
  • Radicchio, Endive, and Carrot Salad
    By: Anne Cain, R.D., Randy Mayor; Leigh Ann Ross; Kathryn Conrad

    Radicchio, Endive, and Carrot Salad

    Sweet carrot balances the bitter notes from radicchio and Belgian endive and also helps protect you from infections because of the high beta carotene content of carrots.
  • Carrot-Pineapple Slaw
    By: Anne Cain, R.D., Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Carrot-Pineapple Slaw

    The sweetness in this salad comes from nutrient-packed carrots, pineapple and raisins, and makes it a delicious match for lean meats like grilled pork tenderloin.
  • Carrot Soufflé
    By: Anne Cain, R.D., Randy Mayor; Melanie J. Clarke

    Carrot Soufflé

    Because this dish contains no beaten egg whites, it is not a true soufflé, but it gets this name because of its light airy texture. It’s similar in color and flavor to sweet potato casserole.
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    By: Anne Cain, R.D., Rita Maas

    Curried Carrot, Sweet Potato, and Ginger Soup

    Carrots and sweet potatoes are two of the top sources of the antioxidant beta carotene (which converts to vitamin A), so get a double dose of disease-fighting power with this spiced soup.
  • Creamy Carrot Soup
    By: Anne Cain, R.D., Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke

    Creamy Carrot Soup

    A mere 2 tablespoons of heavy cream adds amazing richness to this carrot soup without adding a lot of fat.
  • Carrot Sheet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
    By: Anne Cain, R.D., Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Carrot Sheet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

    In this light version of a traditional carrot cake, the fat is reduced by using a decreased amount of butter, replacing some of the whole eggs with egg whites, using less sugar, and substituting reduced-fat cream cheese for full-fat cheese in the frosting.
  • Carrot Cake with Toasted Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting
    By: Anne Cain, R.D., Howard L. Puckett; Lydia Degaris-Pursell; Martha Condra

    Carrot Cake with Toasted Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

    Ground oats add fiber to this flavorful cake recipe and the fat content stays low because some of the oil is replaced with baby food carrots.
  • Oat Bran Muffins
    By: Anne Cain, R.D., Becky Luigart-Stayner; Fonda Shaia

    Oat Bran Muffins

    Start your morning off with a muffin that's not only packed with vitamin-packed carrot, but also fiber, iron, and vitamin E.
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