Carrots are usually a kid-friendly veggie, but did you know that eating carrots and other vegetables with fiber can help manage weight? Fiber is the part of plant foods that our bodies do not break down during digestion, and since it isn’t digested, it doesn’t provide calories. Carrots also contain other types of carbohydrates and are natural sources of sugar that provide the quick energy boost you need when working out. Carrots are one of the go-to vegetables for Lisa of Redondo Beach, California, when she’s trying to eat healthy to prepare for swimsuit season.
If you’re trying to lose weight, staying hydrated is important; while drinking plenty of water is essential, foods like smoothies and soups can help. Lisa recommends pureeing carrots with ginger and other spices for a tasty and satisfying soup. “I have never been much of a fan of pea soup, because it never retains its fresh green color,” Lisa says. “Carrot soup, on the other hand, always seems to look deliciously fresh.”
Lisa’s favorite carrot ginger soup recipe:
Sauté 1 cup chopped onion and 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger in 2 to 3 Tbsps butter until onion is translucent but not brown.
Stir in 2 cups chicken broth; 1 lb carrots, peeled and sliced; and 1 tsp ground coriander.
Heat through, then simmer in a covered saucepan 25 minutes or until carrots are tender.
Cool slightly, then puree in a food processor or blender until smooth. (May have to be done in batches.)
Return mixture to saucepan and add 1 cup orange juice, ¾ cup milk, ½ tsp salt and ⅛ tsp white pepper.
Reheat, but don’t allow to boil. Serve hot or at room temperature and garnished with chopped parsley or cilantro and a dollop of plain yogurt if desired.
Lisa adds, “After pureeing, but just before you add the orange juice and milk to the soup, I like to set it aside and go for a nice 20-minute hike with the dogs on the eucalyptus trail nearby, enjoying the fresh air and appreciating the fact that spring is here!”
Moms from the CafeMom community agree that carrots are a versatile snack. “We like them steamed with a little sea salt, parsley and butter,” one says. “I like them in a gazillion ways,” says another. “My two favorites are simply steamed, and steamed and tossed with a small amount of Dijon mustard.”
How do you incorporate carrots into your weight-management plan?