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Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Heart Healthy Orange Glazed Carrots Using Baby Carrots

 These lightly sweet glazed carrots sparkle with the sweet flavor of orange. They are delicious and coconut oil makes them a heart-healthy vegetable.

 The new year is a great time to focus on healthy diet changes like eating more vegetables. vegetables are loaded with healthy vitamins and minerals as well as plenty of fiber. Eating several servings of vegetables is good for your gut and can also help prevent things like constipation. Whether cooked or raw, eating vegetables are also good for preventing diseases like cancer. Vegetables are loaded with antioxidants which are natural substances that may prevent or delay some types of cell damage. Research has shown that people who eat more vegetables and fruits have lower risks of several diseases.

So how does one eat more veggies when they don't like the taste of most vegetables?

Making changes to your diet and the foods that you eat is not always easy. You are used to eating certain foods and then you realize that they may not be good for your health. So eliminating your favorite foods, like greasy french fries, and replacing them with healthy vegetables can be hard. Fries taste good and carrots may not taste good to you. So my first word of advice with getting used to eating food that is better for your body is not to eliminate your favorite foods but instead add the new healthy foods to your dinner plate. 

 The next part of learning to enjoy eating vegetables is discovering new ways to cook them. Cooking vegetables and adding flavors to them will make the veggies taste better. Raw vegetables are not better for the body when compared to cook vegetables. In fact, cooked vegetables may be easier for your body to digest. It is a matter of preference when it comes to how you eat or prepare your vegetables. Vegetables can be eaten raw, cooked, steamed, or even roasted. My kids like roasted vegetables the best.

Baby carrots are a family favorite vegetable for meals

 Baby carrots are a simple vegetable to start with when introducing vegetables to your meals. I love baby carrots as they are ready to eat. The bite-sized carrots are peeled and washed, so they are ready to eat, straight from the bag. Orange baby carrots also need chopping when using them for recipes. You can simply cook the carrots in water or add the small carrots to your recipes. 

Baby carrots are:

+ Loaded with vitamin A

+ Full of fiber

+ High in antioxidants

+ Low in calories

+ Good for eye health

+ Low in sugar

+ Crunchy

+ Plant-based

A sweet orange glaze adds delicious flavor to cooked carrots

 A simple way to add flavor to cooked vegetables is with a sweet glaze. This sweet orange glaze is added to the carrots after they are cooked and adds a nice sweet orange flavor to the cooked carrots. While most glazed carrot recipes use butter, this recipe uses heart-healthy coconut oil. Coconut oil is a healthy fat and is also rich in antioxidants. Made from fresh coconut meat, coconut oil adds a nice flavor to recipes like cooked carrots and homemade granola. Coconut oil is good for sauteing vegetables and baking. Swapping out your current oil for coconut oil is simple and delicious.

 These orange glazed carrots are healthy and easy to make. They are sweet, tangy, and downright delicious. Even picky eaters get excited about these carrots! Your family will love them and will ask for seconds. 

Recipe Ingredient Notes

+ Carrots: While this recipe calls for baby carrots, you may use whole carrots. Just peel the carrots and cut them into desired small pieces that are similar to baby carrots.

+ Brown sugar: For a different flavor, use maple syrup. To make the recipe lower in sugar, use a brown sugar substitute.

+ Orange Juice: The acidity of the orange juice brings such a bright, refreshing flavor to the glaze on the carrots. 

+ Butter: You may use butter in place of the coconut oil or use vegan butter to make the carrots dairy-free.

Recipe Tips

+ Glazed Carrots can be prepared up to 2 hours before serving and taste delicious at room temperature as well as warm.

+ Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container for up to 5 days. I don't recommend freezing the carrots once glazed.

+ The recipe can be easily doubled.

More Easy Vegetable Side Dishes

Roasted Beets In The Pressure Cooker 


Kathleen said...

Baby carrots sure do make it super easy to cook carrots, don't they? I love the idea of using orange flavouring.

AiringMyLaundry said...

I'd love these! I've always enjoyed baby carrots. The glaze sound incredible too.

Monica Simpson said...

This flavor combo sounds so good! I never think to cook carrots but I think my family would really love these.

The Super Mom Life said...

I can't wait to try this. We love baby carrots in our home!

Simply Tasheena said...

Carrots have so many benefits. I always try to keep them on hand.

Joline said...

We love carrots! We always have a bowl ready to munch on. Never thought to add orange glaze, sounds delicious.

alita said...

Ive never cooke baby carrots before. This will be my first time

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Amy Liu Dong said...

This is an easy, delicious, and healthy recipe. I am so excited to make this for my kids.

Beth said...

Normally I'm not a fan of cooked carrots, but I think I would like them more with this honey glaze. I'll have to try it!

Wanda Lopez said...

I love baby carrots and it just so happens that I have a bag in my fridge and can make this recipe.

Wren LaPorte said...

This looks yummy! I know my daughter would enjoy these for sure! Have to give it a try sometime.

moonlightmel said...

wow I just love carrots so this recipe sounds wonderful for me, I need to give these a try soon!

Ckrusch said...

I can't wait to try it. We love baby carrots and use them in so many recipes!

Sol said...

I love making carrot and orange smoothie and I can't wait to try this another healthy treat soon!

Tami R said...

Ooh, I loooove carrots so I definitely need to try this! :)

Unknown said...

This is such a great trick to eat more carrots, I'm definitely going to try this!

Marysa said...

What an easy dish, and it sounds delicious. I like that you used coconut oil in this.

Swathi said...

This orange glazed carrots looks delicious. I love addition of coconut oil it makes dish.

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