During Summer the zucchini is in season and while this unassuming member of the squash family may seem bland at first glance it actually packs a punch when it comes to nutrition, we have discovered 6 reasons for both your beauty and health that should have you adding Zucchini to tonight’s meal:
Antioxidants are free-radical fighters and in Zucchini they come in the form of vitamins A & C, these vitamins may help prevent the cellular damage caused by environmental toxins and harmful chemical processes within your body.
Low in Calories but high in Fiber
The pay off here is that Zucchini will help you to feel full without eating huge portions of food, or alternatively they will allow you to eat a little more with fewer calories and less fat. Foods high in dietary fiber also have the added bonus of lowering cholesterol, regulating bowel movements, aiding in digestion, maintaining low blood sugar and curbing overeating.
Whilst also being and antioxidant – in particular vitamin A is helpful for your vision, and it is also beneficial for your skin, teeth and lung function.
Also known as B9 – folate helps us in producing new cells.
Maintains fluid balance and normalizes blood pressure.
With 19% of your recommended daily intake of Manganese coming from just one cup of Zucchini, adding it to a meal will give you a boost in proline (the amino acid that allows collagen to form) this means healthier skin and proper wound healing. Manganese will also fight stress as well as helping to metabolize protein and carbs.
So we thought grating Zucchini into a Greek style fritter would be an excellent way to take advantage of the humble zucchini’s goodness
- 2 large zucchinis
- 1 onion
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- Salt and pepper
- 2 tsp Oregano
- 2 tsp Marjoram
- 2 eggs
- 2 Tbs olive oil
- water to mix
- Wash and grate zucchinis, dice the onion and set aside.
- In large mixing bowl mix together the remaining dry ingredients and create a well in the middle.
- Into the well drop the eggs and oil, mix the egg and the dry ingredients thoroughly while adding small amounts of water to create a moist mixture.
- Incorporate the zucchini and onion into the batter.
- Spoon the mixture into a into a hot oiled pan.
- Cook 2 minutes or until browned then flip the fritter over and brown the other side.
- Serve warm or cold with fresh Greek Tzatzki