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Paleo Foods: Carrots

Carrots highlights

Carrots are crunchy, nutrient-dense, and affordable: they make great snacks, but you can also dress them up for a fancy side dish. Take a look at the nutritional benefits and get some cooking inspiration below.

Nutrition Details

NutrientAbsolute amount, per 1 cup chopped carrots%DV, per 1 cup chopped carrots
Vitamin A21,383 IU428%
Vitamin C7.6 mg13%
Vitamin K16.9 mcg21%
Thiamin (Vitamin B1)0.1 mg6%
Niacin (Vitamin B5)1.3 mg6%
Vitamin B60.2 mg9%
Folate24.3 mcg6%
Potassium410 mg12%
Manganese0.2 mg9%
Dietary Fiber3.6 g14%


Macronutrients Macros in Context

Here’s how 1 cup of carrots stacks up in the context of a typical Paleo meal:

Blue bars show the typical range in grams for a Paleo meal. For example, a Paleo meal usually includes 30-60 grams of fat, but where you personally fall in that range will depend on your preference.

Orange dots show how carrots fit into the typical nutrient profile of a Paleo meal.

Macros in Context - Carrots

Buying it Buy It

Look for firm carrots without a lot of cracks.

Cooking with it Cook It


Use as a vehicle for guacamole, homemade mayo, your favorite mustard, and more.


Chop for easier eating or leave whole for a more dramatic presentation. Drizzle with olive oil and herbs and roast for 30-40 minutes, or until soft.


Grill whole carrots for roughly 20 minutes and serve with melted butter or your favorite combination of oil/vinegar/herbs.


Slice carrots into thin matchsticks and quickly pan-fry for a warm side dish.

The greens are edible, too! Cut off just the feathery parts and use them to garnish a salad, or add some carrot tops to your pesto for a unique flavor.


Recipe ideas Recipe Ideas

Balsamic Roasted Carrots and Green Beans

Balsamic Roasted Carrots with Green Beans

Carrot rutabaga mash

Carrot and Rutabaga Mash

Cucumber and Carrot Salad

Cucumber and Carrot Salad

Beef Cubes with Roasted Carrots and Mushrooms

Beef Cubes with Roasted Carrots and Mushrooms


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