Sunday, January 16, 2011

Healthy Foods from A to Z

We've reached Day 12 of our 12 Days of Healthy Foods. We began with "A for Apple" so it's only fitting that we end with "Z for Zucchini." Zucchini used to be considered just a summer squash, but these days we're able to enjoy this versatile vegetable year-round.
Zucchini is rich in health benefits and is a good source of manganese, Vitamin C and A, and dietary fiber. Research has shown zucchini has possible anti-cancer effects, is good for heart health, and may help regulate blood pressure and cholesterol. Because zucchini is also an anti-inflammatory, it may be helpful for asthma and arthritis sufferers. The dietary fiber found in zucchini also helps regulate the digestive system.
Zucchini is one of the easiest vegetables to grow in a home garden. Without too much attention, a few plants will yield enough zucchini in the summer for your family and a bunch of your neighbors. For this reason, it seems there are hundreds of zucchini recipes to try...This Zucchini Tomato Casserole might be a good place to start. You can get some free zucchini today (1/16/11) at Daisy Mae's Market at Findlay Market with your $15 purchase.
I hope you've enjoyed our 12 Days of Healthy Foods and that you remember a few of the nutritious tips we've learned. Since we've only touched the tip of the iceberg with 12, I hope you continue to explore other foods and keep healthy eating as one of your resolutions throughout all of 2011.

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