Today is ‘National Eat Your Vegetables Day’ (bet you didn’t know that). In honor of this special day, I want to talk about one my favorite veggies that’s currently in season: zucchinis. Here are eight things you may not know about zucchinis, including health benefits.
- Zucchinis are a vegetable, yes, but botanically speaking, zucchinis a fruit, being the swollen ovary of the zucchini You can actually eat the blossom.
- You can use zucchinis as a substitute for noodles aka ‘zoodles.’ (I’ll be sharing a few zoodle recipes in the upcoming months)
- They’re versatile – you can eat them raw, make them into zoodles, or bake them. Here’s a great recipe.
- Great for your heart! Zucchini contains good amounts of potassium that helps reduce blood pressure. The magnesium within helps keep blood pressure at a normal rate and your heart rate steady. Studies have also show that the levels of folate in zucchinis help breaks down amino acids like homocysteine that cause heart attacks and strokes.
- These veggies are full of Vitamin A which is great for eye health.
- Speaking of the Vitamin A within a zucchini…it’s an antioxidant that’s promotes healthy skin and hair!
- Since zucchinis are high in water content, they’re low in calories. One medium raw zucchini provides 33 calories, 2.37 grams of proteins and 6.1 gram of carbohydrates.
- Eating zucchini boosts the body’s uptake of the mineral manganese, which plays a role in the development of healthy bone tissue.