Healthy Bones and Teeth
The National Diet and Nutrition Survey of Young People reveals that 13 per cent of 11-14 year old boys and 20 per cent of 11-14 year old girls have vitamin A intakes below the minimum amount needed for good health. This is worrying as vitamin A aids the growth of healthy bones and teeth.
Kids Love Carrots
Carrots are packed with a nutrient called beta-carotene, which is converted into vitamin A in the body. In fact, of all fruit and vegetables, carrots are actually the best source of beta-carotene and an 80g serving of cooked carrots contains more than twice the recommended daily amount (RDA) of vitamin A equivalent needed by adults.
Here are some easy ways to get more carrots into your kids diets:
Fill jacket potatoes or sandwiches with a mixture of grated carrot and Red Leicester cheese.
Roast carrots with other root vegetables like potatoes, parsnips and swede.
Add grated carrots to salad and toss with all the other ingredients.
Grate carrots and add to stews, casseroles, pasta sauces and curries – they’ll disintegrate into the sauce so you can’t see them.
If coleslaw is a hit, add extra grated carrot to your regular brand before serving.
Add extra cooked carrots to cans or cartons of soup, then liquidise before serving.
Mix mashed carrots with mashed potato, then use to top cottage pie or fish pie.
In a survey of year two pupils, the British Carrot Growers’ Association found that nearly 90 per cent of them like carrots, and over half of them saying they’re their favourite vegetable.