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Crazy for Carrots: Nutrition & Health Benefits

Stephanie Golub
Apr 1, 2022

We care a lot about the carrot. Purple, white, yellow, and classic orange—when it comes to this root vegetable, there's a colorful variety to choose from. This underground crop thrives in cooler temps, making early spring and late fall ideal for the growing season. Crunchy and sweet, the carrot is a welcomed addition to savory soups, stir-fries, healthy treats, and Insta-worthy crudites platters. Craving more carrot facts? We’ve got allll the dirt. 

What Are The Health Benefits of Carrots?

We see you, carrots! Literally! Eating them regularly may protect your peepers due to the high levels of beta-carotene, an antioxidant pigment that becomes Vitamin A. This lends a hand to the functioning of your eye’s membrane and cornea. Carrots also contain fiber and antioxidants, aiding in digestion and fending off the not-so-fun free radicals in your body. No wonder they're considered a functional food!

Carrot Nutrition Facts:

One serving of fresh, grated carrots (half a cup) provides the following nutritional facts:

  •  Calories: 23
  • Total fat: 0g
  •  Cholesterol: 0mg
  •  Sodium: 38mg
  • Total carbohydrates: 5g
  •  Dietary fiber: 2g
  •  Sugars: 3g
  •  Protein: 1g

Is Carrot Color Important? 

Each hue has something new to offer. Orange and yellow carrots contain higher levels of beta-carotene, while red offers fiber, potassium, biotin vitamins B6, K and C. If you pick up the purple kind, you can expect a boost in the carotenoid anthocyanin, which potentially treats inflammation. White carrots are always a win with dinner, especially due to the fiber content that can help with digestion. Pro tip: Roast the rainbow for a healthy and picture-perfect side. 

How Can We Include Them in Our Diet? 

This superfood is super simple to incorporate. Dice a few carrots and add them to your stew, coarsely chop for a hearty salad, sauté ‘em with butter and fresh herbs, or whip them up in a carrot ginger smoothie. You can even juice them -- drinking two bottles of carrot juice a day has been shown to help improve DNA damage

Need a Snack Hack?

Let’s level up your midday snack. Make veggie-friendly “bacon” by peeling a large carrot end-to-end to create strips. Then, marinate in your seasoning of choice and stick them in an air fryer on high. Voila. Crispy bacon! For a grab-and-go bite, dip baby carrots in creamy peanut butter or guac to get you through the rest of the day. 

If you need a vessel for your lunchtime hummus or veggies for a weekend cheese board, reach for carrots. Enjoy them more often in your dinner dishes, like in our Sheet Pan Chicken or Traditional Beef Stew, or bake a decadent carrot cake. This versatile veg is a nutritious way to take any meal up a notch!

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Crazy for Carrots: Nutrition & Health Benefits