The Root of Health

This fall, visit your local farmers market to pick up highly nutritional fresh fruits and vegetables. Use the fall fruit and vegetable cheat sheet below to know when certain produce is in season. Carrots and mint leaves combined with raisins, water and spices, make a nourishing dish. Tasty and in shades of autumn, this easy-to-make recipe will leave you feeling healthy and satisfied.

Sautéed Carrots with Raisins
Ingredients:
1 pound carrots, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons raisins
½ teaspoon ground cumin
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
¼ cup mint leaves, finely chopped
1 teaspoon olive oil

Preparation: Heat oil. Add onion and sauté until translucent. Add carrots, raisins, water, sugar, salt and spices. Cook for about 5 minutes. Add mint leaves and toss to combine.

Carrots, for example, not only offer color and pizzazz to your plate, but they are also highly nutritious and delicious. An orange root vegetable, carrots contain more than 100 percent of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin A in just a half-cup serving. They also contain beta-carotene, vitamin C, K and are a good source of fiber.

Beta-carotene transformEH-FOOD-Infographs into vitamin A in the body and acts as an antioxidant to help fight free radicals. Free radicals can cause cell damage and are suspected in cardiovascular disease as well as cancer. Vitamin A supports vision and eye health, and benefits the immune system and skin.

Mint leaves, which are often thought of as a garnish, can be eaten whole and offer many health benefits. They can have a soothing effect on the digestive system and relieve stomach pain. In addition, mint leaves can also promote good oral health, which is evident in the abundance of dental products produced which such flavoring. They can inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria in your mouth and kill germs.

Tell us how you like to prepare carrots during the fall season in the comment box!