How to Create Healthy Sweet Snacks using Carrots, Sweet Potatoes and
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Carrots, Sweet Potatoes and Beets in Your Sweets
Veggies are highly versatile but unfortunately for the most part their role in our
diets has been primarily as a salad, side dish, casserole or munchie snack.
Of course there have been a few veggies that have served multiple purposes in the
past beyond the norm.
Carrots are probably the most recognized and used in the past for desserts
because of the natural sweetness they offer.
They are rich in vitamin A (perfect for improving eye-sight), C, K and B8 as well as
the antioxidant beta-carotene and provide other important antioxidants and super
phytochemicals that work against cancer and cardiovascular risks.
They improve the immune system, provide us with a healthy dose of fiber and
help regulate blood sugar. Nearly everyone has tried some form of carrot cake in
But carrots are only one of many veggies that are perfect ingredients for desserts
and treats and creative health driven cooks everywhere are coming up with more
and more ways of incorporating different types of veggies into desserts to squeeze
more nutrition into every bite we take.
Let’s take a look at a two other veggies that are excellent substitutes in your
desserts and sweet treats:
Beets: Offering vitamins A and B with a healthy dose of vitamin C, folic acid and
potassium they are also high in fiber. This brightly colored root veggie comes in a
wide range of colors from bright gold to deep red and is currently gaining in favor for
desserts. You can even find candy cane and white stripe versions.
Like carrots, beets have a sweet, earthy flavor. Betanin, the red pigment in beets, is
nature’s natural food color creating pinks and reds and the perfect ingredient for your
red velvet desserts.
They also offer a healthy dose of moisture to your sweet goods and are a unique
source of phyt