Friday Favorite: Carrots

Hello Fabulous Real Skinny’s!

Happy Friday!

We love eating Fresh, eating Real at Every Meal, don’t you? Each week we will feature a food in season, an herb and then feature a recipe. We will feature a REAL Skinny with their recipe’s too!

Why is it so important to eat fresh, real, local and seasonal? Well, when you buy direct from local farmers, the money stays within your community which strengthens your local economy (cha-ching)! Also, the food is fresher, has less environmental impact and is safer (since there is less travel time from the farm to your kitchen- which means, no preservatives, chemicals & other not so real stuff) therefore it tastes better and is loaded with natural benefits!

This week, Caitlin takes on local produce in Maine where she is currently located visiting family. She has ventured to a local farmer’s market to support the state’s natural seasonally grown apples, beets, cabbage, carrots, onions, eastern oysters, potatoes, rutabaga and squash for the month of February. The featured food item today is:

Carrots!Carrots

Not only are carrots rich in minerals, antioxidants and dietary fiber, they also consume beta-carotene which the body metabolizes into Vitamin A which helps support healthy eyes and better vision (which is definitely needed up if you are driving at night where there a few street lights & a lot of wild life).

When talking to the locals, Caitlin discovered that many choose to add carrots to boil dinners as well as eating them raw dipped in various homemade dips.

To make a simple, delicious boil dinner, check out this one. To make this recipe even more flavorful with local selection, replace the turnips for rutabaga and replace the beef with oysters~or make your own version & add your own twist with local produce near you!

Mmmhmm eating fresh, eating real at every meal never tasted so good!

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Mary Fox, LMHC, RD challenges the traditional approach to weight management to help people discover their path to success. As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Registered Dietitian, she combines both disciplines into a unique and comprehensive approach that is changing the way we understand weight management.

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