Carrots are a popular root vegetable, usually orange in colour but can also be purple, yellow, white or red. Carrots are a very toddler-friendly vegetable as they have a delicious sweet flavour and can be prepared in so many different ways.
They are rich in anti-oxidants, dietary fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K and potassium. They are also a good source of thiamin, vitamin B6, niacin, folate and manganese. They provide only 41 calories per 100 g, and are very low in saturated fat and cholesterol.
Prepare carrots for eating by chopping off the ends and peeling the skin using a vegetable peeler. If your carrots have been organically grown then there is no need to peel the skin, just give them a good scrub to clean them.
Some ways you can serve carrots to your toddler include:
- Raw, simply chop them or grate them into pieces.
- Baked into cakes, biscuits, breads and slices.
- Juiced - carrot juice is great on its own or mixed into smoothies.
- Cut into bite sized pieces and roasted.
- Sliced and added to salads for some extra colour and crunch.
- Grated and added to pasta sauces, casseroles, soups and stews.
- Sliced into sticks and served with a healthy dip.
- Boiled or steamed and served as a side dish with dinner.
Take a look through the following recipes containing carrots to get some fresh ideas for serving carrots to your toddler.