I bet that if you have ever bought carrots with the green tops still attached you have thrown them out. Am I right? Did you even ever consider eating them?
In case some of you didn’t know carrot greens are loaded with nutrients. They are rich in protein, vitamins and minerals, even more than their sweet roots. For example, carrot greens contain 6 times more vitamin C than carrots. They are also a great source of potassium and calcium.
Like all leafy greens they are loaded with chlorophyll, which has been noted to purify the blood, lymph nodes and adrenal glands.
They also contain alkaloids which are poisonous. This is why some people recommend not eating carrot greens. However, the alkaloid content in leafy greens is not a reason to exclude them from your diet. Leafy greens are known to be one of the healthiest foods we can eat. All leafy greens contain these natural alkaloids. They are completely safe in small quantities.
This is why it is important to rotate your greens. This means not eating carrot tops seven days in a row, or swiss chard, or any other greens. It is better to have a different green everyday. This will avoid the buildup of any alkaloids in your system and keep you super healthy!
Consuming different greens everyday day or every few days provides you the full range of nutrients that leafy greens have to offer. We are talking about more nutrients than you could ever imagine.
I couldn’t resist buying these carrots when I saw them. The greens were huge and not wilted at all. So often, when you see carrots or any other root vegetable with their tops still on, they are all wilted and not very appealing. That is why I was so excited when I saw these organic carrots topped with beautiful greens.
So next time you see some nice looking carrots with the greens still on, be sure to bring them home and use them.
Buy organic preferably. You can also chop them up finely and use as part of a salad.
I hope you enjoy this refreshing and tasty smoothie as much as I did. It is great on hot days like the ones we have/are having right now here in Montreal.
Mango, Raspberry, Carrot Top Green Smoothie
1 yellow mango
1/2 cup raspberries
1/2 cup packed carrot greens/tops
1 cup water
note: if using fresh fruit you might want to include some ice cubes if you want it to be a little cold
Blend until smooth.
makes 1 serving/ 1 glass full
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