Sunday, July 28, 2013

Power Food: Zucchini

Hello Readers, 

This week we talk about the power food Zucchini, the summer squash! There are many different recipes that use zucchini, and they contain lots of health benefits so incorporating this food into your diet is a smart idea. 

Zucchini is very high in water content and low in calories as one cup sliced is only 20 calories (27 calories with skin). This is considered a “low energy food” which helps you to control your appetite and will keep you fuller for longer as the water and fiber contents are quite high. This vegetable is rich in Vitamin A & C which promote healthy skin, heart, lungs and eyes.

When selecting a zucchini you want to make sure you look for a few key things. The skin should be shiny, slightly prickly and firm. You should try to avoid zucchinis that are cut or have blemishes on the skin. Also, you want it to be no longer than 6 inches long and 2 inches around. Zucchini’s should be stored in the fridge (up to 5 days) in the crisper and should be eaten within 2 days after preparation.  

 A delicious easy way to prepare this squash, is slicing it up (leaving the skin on) and frying it up with just enough extra virgin olive oil so it doesn’t stick, and salt/pepper.

Did you know: 
When eaten regularly before/during pregnancy, it can help prevent neural tube defects.
High in potassium. 
Can grow up to two feet long. 
The skin is super high in fiber... so leave it on!

Here are some ways that you can incorporate zucchini into your diet. 
On pizza
Steamed
Grilled on the bbq! Yum!
Baked in bread, muffins or other desserts
Zucchini Fries, I need to try this!  http://www.health.com/health/recipe/0,,10000001831902,00.html
Pasta dishes
Stir frys

Hope you enjoyed the read and will be picking up some zucchini soon! 

- Jenn & Steph

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