Nutrition Benefits of Zucchini

One thing I love about summer is the availability of fresh produce. Whether you have a garden of your own, or stop at a local farmer's market or the grocery store there is plenty to choose from, especially zucchini.

 

Did you know that zucchini is often considered a vegetable but it is technically classified as a fruit? It also has a lot of health benefits which include:

 

1.  Good source of Vitamin A

2.  Rich in antioxidants

3.  Contributes to healthy digestion since it is rich in water and fiber

 

Zucchini lends itself to a variety of recipes and is an easy way to add more fiber to your diet. Try some of the following:

 

1.  Add it raw to salads

2.  Stew it to make a ratatouille with other vegetables

3.  Stuff with ground turkey to make a zucchini taco boat

4.  Boil it and blend into soups

5.  Spiralize it and use it in place of pasta

6.  Bake it into breads, pancakes, muffins, or cakes

 

Another suggestion is to shred it now and then freeze it for later if you have a summer surplus. 

 

Need some ideas for ways to enjoy the summer's bounty? Check out the links for the recipes below:

 

Lemon Parmesan Zucchini Pasta with Roasted Artichokes

 

Oodles of Orzo Zucchini Bake (Kid-Approved)

 

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

Zucchini Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

 

 

 

 

 

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