Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Adding Zucchini To Your Diet
Most people can tell you that zucchini is a vegetable that looks like a cucumber and that is about all they know about it. It is a very under appreciated vegetable. This summer squash picks up the flavors of foods it is cooked with and has a somwhat mild nutty flavor that really adds to your salad. Zucchini has a pretty wide range of uses in the culinary world. It can be shredded with a food processor and then added into cookies and breads. Shredded zucchini also goes well in hamburgers and meatloafs and adds to the nutritional value. Zucchini is also a great addition to fresh salads or stir-frys when sliced. It is outstanding when chunked and grilled with other veggies. With a ton of different uses it is surprising zucchini isn't more of a staple in the kitchen. If you are looking for a great reference book to help you learn some more uses of zuchinni, I recommend checking out The Classic Zucchini Cookbook. In terms of nutritional value, zucchinis are pretty heathy. They contain a high amount of manganese, which is great for bone health, and play a roll in our nervous system. Zucchini is also high in vitamin C, which supports immune system health, and magnesium that is also important for bone growth, along with heart health. Zucchini, along with other summer squash, are also high in many antioxidants. Which are important for our health as they help to fight premature aging and can help to fight and prevent cancer. So it is good to eat a wide variety of foods that contain high antioxidants. If you would like to try zucchini a great way to begin enjoying it is simply steaming it and adding a bit of butter to it afterwards. This is a wonderful way to learn more about the flavor of a vegetable before you start using it in a recipe.