Vegetables are amazingly nutritious and they make up a vital part of any healthy diet. ┬áBut do you know what takes vegetables from a sometimes boring but necessary part of your meal to something you can’t wait to devour?

Putting them cake!

Cakes, a baked treat made from a combination of flour, sugar, honey, and eggs, have been around for centuries. Carrot cake appears to be a healthier cake that evolved out of necessity in the Middle Ages. During this time period, sweeteners like sugar were expensive and hard to find so crafty bakers began using sweet tasting vegetables to make their cakes palatable. Let’s be honest, it’s a good thing they did or else February 3rd would never have become┬áNational Carrot Cake Day!

Carrots boost the benefits of this dessert in a big way! Carrots are high in soluble fiber, which can help reduce bad LDL cholesterol levels and beta carotene which not only promotes good vision but can be converted to vitamin A in the body, helping to keep your skin healthy. Carrots also have an alkalizing effect which prevents acidosis, reduces inflammation and helps you to avoid the overgrowth of yeast and bad bacteria (among other things!).

So today, take a moment, reward yourself and celebrate National Carrot Cake Day by whipping up this naturally sweetened, deliciously fabulous cake!

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If cake ain’t exactly your thing, you can still get your carrot cake fix. There is an absolutely scrumptious Carrot Cake Smoothie recipe in the BodyRock Smoothie Book. Check it out, this book will satisfy your sweet tooth AND all of your smoothie-based nutrition needs! It’s a real game changer!

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