If you want a veggie that’s extremely versatile, look no further than zucchini. You can eat it raw, cooked or baked inside a decadent brownie – there’s so many ways to enjoy it and still get a solid amount of nutrients.
Here are some compelling facts that might encourage you to try a few of the following 22 healthy plant based zucchini recipes.
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Zucchini Facts You Might Find Interesting:
- Zucchinis were first brought to the United States in the 1920s by the Italians.
- Nutrients and vitamins found in zucchini can help prevent cancer and heart disease according to the World’s Healthiest Foods Nutrition Information.
- Eating zucchinis as a part of a healthy balanced diet will help control cholesterol levels and reduce excess body weight.
- One zucchini has only 25 calories (in comparison, a baked potato has 130 calories).
- A zucchini has more potassium than a banana and is also rich in vitamin C and manganese.
- The flower of the zucchini plant is edible. Fried squash blossoms are considered a delicacy.
- Shredded or spiralized zucchini makes for a great pasta substitute.
- Eat the peel of an organic zucchini. The peel is a good source of dietary fiber and may help in reducing constipation.
Speaking of organic, lets look at some tips on How to select the best Zucchini for your meal:
- Bigger is not always better! Did you know that the largest zucchini on record was grown by Bernard Lavery of Plymouth Devon, UK, and was 69 ½ inches long and weighed a whopping 65 lbs ?!
- However, his zucchini probably didn’t taste all that great. In fact, small to medium sized zucchini (6-8 inches in length, 2 inches or less in diameter) packs the most flavor. If you can find a small-ish one with darker skin, that’s even better, as the dark skinned zucchini have the most nutritional value.
- Choose one that is heavy in hand and firm to the touch.
- Buy organic whenever possible to avoid nasty chemicals.
- When you get your zucchinis home, store them unwashed and wrapped in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.