Calling All Zucchini Lovers

Itsy bitsy, teeny weeny, yellow polka dot zucchini!

I LOVE zucchini. From zucchini chips, to steamed zucchini, there isn’t much you can’t do to this amazing fruit. If you don’t often eat or buy zucchini, this post will change that!

Looking to lose weight? Zucchini is known to aid in weight loss while also adding in all kinds of great nutrients to your daily diet. You know those times where you really want potatoes or something warm and filling? Zucchini is a great and healthy replacement choice! Zucchini contains large amounts of potassium, folate, and vitamin A, all of which are important for general good health. When eaten regularly, it can also effectively lower your homocysteine levels. Your overall health will love you for adding zucchini regularly to the body!

How does Zucchini help you lose weight? It has low calories but gives you the feeling of being full, which will satisfy your appetite without the large amounts of calories. It’s also full of water and has lots of fiber keeping you fuller longer. If you’re looking for fiber, getting it from zucchini will be your best source for your body.

Now that you have learned a little about the awesome zucchini let’s learn how to cook it!

Here are my favorite ways to cook zucchini:

Zucchini Chips:

Cut up 1 zucchini raw in as thin slices as possible. Spread slices out on a baking sheet and spray with coconut oil or olive oil. Lightly season with sea salt or garlic salt. Bake at 400 for 20mins or until the chips turn brown on the top and are a tad crispy.

I love these as a side with dinner, but you can also use them to make a “healthier” version of nachos.

Zucchini Slices:

Cut up 1 zucchini raw. Make slices a little bigger than the above zucchini chips - not too thin. Bring a pan to medium heat. Add 2 tbsp of olive, grapeseed or coconut oil. Add zucchini and season with any of your favorite seasonings. I love “everyday seasoning” by Trader Joes. Let cook for 10-12 mins, stirring until they get a little brown.

Below is an example of the difference in size between a zucchini nacho & zucchini slice!

 

Steamed Zucchini:

Cut up 1 zucchini raw into thick slices. Fill a pot 1-inch deep with water. Bring to a boil. Add steamer basket to pot. Drop slices in & cover with a lid. Let cook for 8-10 mins or until soften.

My favorite way to cook zucchini is with a Spiralizer which makes Zoodles!

I will be gone for the next week  on vacation - follow me on instagram @sweatprettyco to see what I’m up to!

Keep Sweating while I’m gone ladies - you know I will too!

 

xoxo, MissMalloryFit