Zucchini Time

This is the time of year when everyone’s garden is overflowing with Zucchini. It is one of the very low calorie vegetables, it has only 17 calories per 100 grams. It is a good source of manganese and vitamin C.  Zucchini contains no saturated fats or cholesterol. Its peel is good source of dietary fiber that helps reduce constipation and offers some protection against colon cancers. 

When shopping at the market, choose small to medium-sized zucchini featuring shiny, bright green skin, firm and heavy in hand. The best size for zucchini is 6 to 8 inches length and 2 inches or less in diameter.

Zucchini is great, sliced on the grill with olive oil, salt and pepper or you can scoop out the middle and fill with chopped vegetables and roast in the oven. Don't forget about  Zucchini bread, which is a great choice for a healthy breakfast. Although available year round, this is the best time of year to enjoy zucchini!