It is Dave that believes 22 seconds is the perfect amount of time to properly heat a carrot for his girls. Who am I to argue with a husband who wants to do that, crazy as it sounds! I am thankful on this thanksgiving day for so much in life, and to have a spouse that supports my crazy love with horses.
But seriously, there is actual facts that microwaving a carrot is good! Yes, that is what I researched last night before posting this. Everyday when Dave goes to see Bailey and Cheyenne with his daily carrot for a kiss, he microwaves their carrots once the temperature in Syracuse gets below 50 degrees. He feels the carrots should be warm when served in that outside temperature. Gotta love Dave.
So what could the benefits be? Aren’t microwaves bad? The cooking method that best retains nutrients is one that cooks quickly, heats food for the shortest amount of time, and uses as little liquid as possible. Microwaving meets those criteria. Carrots in general are a great treat for the healthy horse. They are best known for their rich supply of the antioxidant nutrient that was actually named for them: beta-carotene, plus a wide variety of other antioxidants and health-supporting nutrients. They are high in crude fiber, potassium, vitamin A and sodium.
My horses are completely spoiled and I have no problem with that. Not only are they spoiled by my family, but by my friends as well. The best man in our wedding and my best friend of over 30 years compete for providing the largest fresh grown carrots for my horses. How great is that!
Happy Thanksgiving, and to all my horse friends, spare a carrot from the dinner table tonight for your best friend horse but remember to microwave for 22 seconds.