Full of vitamin A and a satisfying crunch, dipping carrots in hummus isn't the only way to enjoy the veggie. Here are three light recipes where carrots steal the show, offering slightly sweet, low-calorie ways to keep you cool in the Summer heat.
Chickpea, Carrot, and Currant Salad
For a high-protein lunch or dinner, mix up this quick recipe made with chickpeas, currants, shredded carrots, fresh cilantro, caraway and coriander seeds, and a touch of cayenne. The carrots give it a wonderful crunchy texture, and the currants add a touch of sweetness. This dish is delicious on its own or topped on your garden salad.
Keep reading to find out the secret ingredient in these potato pancakes and to see a recipe for a protein shake that tastes like carrot cake.
Potato pancakes aren't just for Hanukkah! Since you don't need to turn on your oven, they make a great appetizer or side dish to any Summer meal. Plus, they're great when you need a break from the crunchy texture of raw carrots. Grab some fresh rosemary from your garden and whip up this variation made with shredded carrots and russet potatoes. Serve them warm with cold apricot applesauce to complement the sweetness of the soft carrots.
Carrot Cake Protein Shake
If you're not a fan of raw or cooked carrots, here's a way to get the nutrition of this root veggie without your taste buds even knowing it. This protein shake shared by FitSugar reader Createliveblog is around 200 calories and contains over 20 grams of protein. But the best part is it's creamy and dessert-like, so it makes a healthy treat when you're craving something sweet.