What’s on my plate? Zucchini or Courgette or sometimes called summer squash with its creamy, white flesh and a crisp green skin, or yellow when ripe is full of nutrients. This member of the cucumber and melon family is highly recommended for those who are keen on losing those extra pounds.
Superpowers: Zucchinis are composed, calorically, of almost entirely carbohydrates known as polysaccharides. Studies have shown that zucchini’s polysaccharides are high in pectin, which is shown to protect against diabetes by regulating our body’s ability to produce insulin. The most prominent nutrients in a zucchini are copper and manganese. With low-calorie value, high vitamin A and C and potassium, Zucchini has gained popularity among the diet-conscious folk, looking for sustainable weight loss. The antioxidant-rich superfood can keep our blood sugar in check, and they have anti-inflammatory properties and is good for helping the prostate. Zucchini offers not only a rich source of dietary fiber that helps regulate cholesterol, but the antioxidant vitamin C, which is great for immune support and is an anti-inflammatory, as well as the heart-healthy essential mineral magnesium.
Where to buy: Your vegetable vendor should have it when the plant is in season. It’s also available in supermarkets and high-end grocery stores, sometimes throughout the year.
Eat this: Zucchini can be eaten hot or cold, and works well in sweet and savoury preparations. The skin is especially antioxidant-rich so for all recipes, the skin is left intact. Zucchini is great for grilling, roasting, stuffing, and grating for baked goods—as well as sliced and eaten raw as in crudités and salads. Use them in your pastas or stir-fried veggies to up your health quotient. Did you know that you can also make a Zucchini cake, cookies and bread?
Here is a recipe for Zucchini Cake to start with.
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Chia Seeds: This Mexican native is now being used in many Indian kitchens. Check out the various health benefits of chia seeds.
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Dandelion: Not only do they brighten up your garden, but dandelions also boost your health. Confused about how you can include this flower in your diet? We have answers for you right here.
Hog Plum: Looking for a remedy to cure ulcers? Tired of getting diarrhea every time you eat out? Hog plum can come to your rescue! Check out the amazing health benefits of this not so popular superfood.
Jamun: Apart from tinting your tongue purple, jamun has several medicinal properties. Here’s why you must include jamun in your diet.
Kale: Coming across a lot of kale in salads, pizza toppings, and even chips? Check out why kale has suddenly topped the charts for being a healthy option.
Karela: Reading this will prevent you from screwing up your face every time someone mentions karela.
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