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Whole Roasted Carrots: Healthy and Packed with Flavour

Posted on July 22nd, 2021

Did you know that the myth that carrots improve your eyesight may have its roots in a World War II propaganda campaign?

While carrots will not necessarily improve your eyesight (or give you superior night vision in battle), they do have their benefits. Carrots are packed with beta carotene and lutein, two antioxidants that prevent eye damage caused by free radicals.

Include them in your next meal plan with this flavourful recipe.

Health benefits of carrots—think colour!

Did you know that those different coloured carrots you may have seen in the produce section can bring more of a nutritional punch than the standard orange variety? Studies show that purple carrots in particular are a higher source of alpha and beta carotene, which your body converts into vitamin A. Getting enough Vitamin A in the diet is important, as deficiencies are known to cause night blindness.

Lutein, another nutrient found in carrots, has been shown to help prevent age-related macular degeneration.

Remember that carrots won’t improve existing eye diseases or complications, but a balanced diet can help prevent them. Adding whole roasted carrots to the menu, like the ones in the recipe below, can help to ensure that you’re getting these nutrients.

Recipe ingredients

12 carrots (multicoloured or plain)

3 tablespoons of olive oil

1 1/4 teaspoons of kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons of minced dill or parsley

Recipe guide

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Slice carrots in half lengthwise and let about 1 inch of the green tail remain for added visual appeal.
  3. Cut carrots diagonally in 1/2-inch slices.
  4. Toss carrots with oil, salt, and pepper in a bowl.
  5. Spread coated carrots in a single layer on a baking sheet and put in the over for around 20 mins.
    Note: Carrots will be golden brown when ready, so keep an eye on the oven if you’re making a bigger batch.
  6. Let cool then toss with fresh herbs.

Whether you plate this dish alongside some proteins or other tasty options or simply enjoy it on its own, the savoury sweetness of this simple roasted carrot recipe is a perfect, nutritional addition to any meal.

For more eye-friendly recipes, check out the FYidoctors article recipe section.