Nebraska Farm to Preschool Toolkit

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In season locally: June through October.

Health benefits of carrots: Carrots are a root vegetable rich in antioxidants (cancer prevention), fiber and beta carotene.  They are also rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and Vitamin B8.  Carrots are a good source of pantothenic acid, folate, potassium, iron, copper, and manganese.  They are low in calories and high in fiber (good for digestive health).

Nutrient Health Benefit
Fiber Promotes digestive health
Beta Carotene /Vitamin A Vision health
Vitamin C Strengthens immune system
Vitamin K Bone and heart heath
B8 Cognitive function, blood pressure, metabolism,
Folate Skin health, cell development, cancer prevention
Potassium Anxiety/stress relief, health heart & blood pressure
Iron Hemoglobin formation, oxygen carrier, muscle function
Copper Aids metabolic process for a healthy existence

You can find carrots at local farmers markets nearly all summer in Nebraska. Find local farmers who grow carrots on a great website called Agrilicious: http://www.agrilicious.org/local/fresh-carrots/nebraska

Sources:

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/vegetable/carrots.html
http://www.naturalnewsblogs.com/top-5-health-benefits-good-sources-vitamin-b8/http://tinyurl.com/mlltzxg

Produce Pick Spotlight Recipes and Serving Ideas

Fresh Hummus with Rainbow Carrots
https://welldoing.org/article/recipe-hummus-rainbow-carrot

 

Carrot Fries

http://www.food.com/recipe/oven-baked-carrot-fries-413832

 

 

 

 

Perfectly Cooked Carrots

http://www.rachaelraymag.com/recipe/perfectly-cooked-carrots
carrotsoup Carrot Soup with Parmesan Crisps

http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/carrot-soup-with-parmesan-crisps

 

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Taste Test Activities

  • University of Nebraska Lincoln, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources: UNL Foods: https://food.unl.edu/