As a child, you’ve probably been told that rabbits eat carrots, monkeys eat bananas, and horses eat apples. But our understanding of dietary needs is beyond the “one food fits all” idea. We also know that humans benefit from these foods just as much as animals do, but you may not know just how beneficial these fruits and vegetables really are to your health!
The Power of Carrots
Has your mother ever told you that carrots are good for your eyesight? It’s not just an old wives tale! Carrots are loaded with vitamin A, which helps the surface of your eyes, as well as the mucous membranes and skin, block bacteria and viruses from entering your body and causing infections.
Just one serving of carrots will give you up to 334% of your daily recommended vitamin A intake! One serving of carrots also gives you 10% vitamin C, 7% vitamin B6, and 17% vitamin K. Carrots make a great snack because they are low in calories, and are a good source of fiber, which makes you feel fuller, longer.
The Boost of Bananas
Though it is not as nutrient-dense as carrots and contains more calories, bananas, like carrots, provide your body with some well needed fiber and protein. When you consume one small banana, you are consuming 10% of your daily recommended vitamin C and 18% of your recommended vitamin B6.
Bananas also contain 10% potassium, which helps to lower your blood pressure and is important for muscle, heart and digestive function. Carrots provide a good amount of potassium as well. Finally, bananas also provide 7% of your daily recommended magnesium, which is essential for strong bones, cell signalling and energy production.
It’s not America’s most popular fruit for no reason. Bananas are a quick and convenient snack that can satisfy your sweet cravings with no washing, cutting or prep needed!
Don’t Forget The Apples!
The fiber content in carrots and bananas does not compare to the classic apple. One apple provides four grams of fiber! This fiber is soluble and may help stabilize blood sugar levels and lower bad cholesterol. High fiber foods can also help with weight loss!
Apples will also give you about 10% of your daily recommended vitamin C.
All these ingredients combined can help you to get your daily servings of fruits and vegetables in one glass of fresh, delicious juice!
Apple Banana Carrot Juice Recipe
- 2 Apple
- 1 Banana
- 3 Large Carrots
Juice the apple and carrots, then pour into a blender and add banana. Blend for about 30 seconds. Serve chilled.