Zucchini is pretty great and not only because it is very easy to grow your own at home. It is positively bursting with nutrition and health benefits.
For example, it is an excellent source of fiber. And this is the reason why you should never peel the skin off the zucchini; you’re missing out on the best part.
Not only will your stool become more regular thanks to zucchini, but it will also help lower the risk of any digestion issues such as constipation.
It’s even great for preventing hemorrhoids and even colon cancer! A marvel to behold, indeed.
While we’re on the dreadful subject of cancer, zucchini also has another nutrient which contributes to the prevention of cancer.
To be more precise, it contains flavonoid compounds which serve for fighting free radicals in one’s body. In other words, this amazing veggie protects more than just the colon.
During a study which incorporated zucchini with a few other superfoods like cabbage, avocados, and cauliflower, made the discovery that those who ate these foods on a regular basis had much less of a chance of developing stomach, throat and mouth cancers!
Other than fiber, zucchini is rather abundant in potassium as well, something which everyone’s cells need in order to function properly.
This goes especially for your red blood cell levels. And get this, one serving of zucchini provides you with almost a third of your daily intake of vitamin C!
Our bodies need this potent antioxidant for maintaining healthy teeth and bones, repairing injuries and absorbing iron from the food we eat.
Zucchini – The Nutritious Baking Substitute
Many of us have already gotten used to the idea of incorporating zucchini into a healthy dinner. But did you know that more and more people have started baking using zucchini?
It’s true! And for good reasons, too:
- Can add moisture (Say goodbye to dry-baked goods!)
- An easy way of adding more vegetables to one’s daily diet
- Increase your intake of fiber
- Low on calories and yet fills you up!
- Cheap alternative (gluten-free, too!)
- Enjoy baking without inflammation!
Gluten-Free Chocolate Zucchini Bread Recipe
It’s an awesome, healthy snack for any period in the day!
Best of all, it gives you an energy boost without making you feel heavy and weighted down like wheat products do.
Have you ever thought that a veggie can taste so chocolaty-good?
- One cup of chocolate butter blend (as a healthy alternative to Nutella)
- One cup of shredded and squeezed zucchini
- Two eggs (large)
- Two tablespoons of maple syrup
- One tablespoon pure vanilla
- One teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- Half a teaspoon of baking soda
- A pinch of sea salt
Preheat the oven to 400°F. Combine all the ingredients besides ACV and baking soda. Now add the baking soda and ACV and mix until smooth. Add the zucchini.
Place into a large greased loaf pan and bake for 35 to 50 minutes. You’ll know when it’s done when you insert a toothpick in the middle and it comes out clean.
Let it cool for a few minutes, and enjoy!