Healthy Living A to Z: Z is for Zucchini

Source:  MorgueFile
Source: MorgueFile

I know winter may seem an odd time to be talking about zucchini. Have you ever tried to think of a healthy living word that starts with Z? I was grateful for zucchini. And why shouldn’t I be?

Zucchini being made up mostly of water is low in calories with just 20 in one cup chopped w/skin.
You want to eat zucchini with the skin on because that is where most of the nutrients are including fiber. Zucchini is also a source of antioxidants vitamins A and C, potassium and phosphorus.

Just rinse, then slice or grate. I bake or steam sliced zucchini with a little chopped onion and sliced or chopped tomato with a little fresh basil. Try using Zucchini sliced lengthwise to replace lasagna noodles. Or cut a zucchini in half lengthwise, scoop out the some of the middle, stuff with your favorite veggies or grains and bake. Include zucchini in your favorite soup or grate a little raw onto your favorite salad. Of course cookies, muffins and cakes are still good, but why not take on the challenge of finding ways to make them healthier?

What’s your favorite way to prepare zucchini?

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