3 Reasons to Eat More Summer Squash
Keep It Simple
It’s that time of year again, when the summer squash and zucchini start bulging out from under their broad, green leaves, and people wonder how on earth they are going to use up such abundance. I have to say, there are many ways to prepare squash and zucchini, such as baking it, roasting it, shredding it into breads and salads, and eating it raw. But my favorite way to eat these late summer vegetables is to slice into rounds and steam them until tender.
Mix in some olive oil, a dash of salt and pepper, and top with a little fresh dill, parsley, or with your favorite herb combination. If you have some, try a pinch of the Fiori & Salt from Ritrovo (hint: you can add some to your box from Full Circle’s Green Grocer). It is a jar of Italian sea salt mixed in with an array of dried flowers of all things, adding a truly unique and magical flavor and aroma. Kids of all ages, from 11months old to 79 years old, will enjoy this simple, healthful side dish.
A Bounty of All Shapes and Sizes
Zucchini aren’t the only delicious squash to decorate our plates this time of year. There are patty-pan squash, which look like small, gold UFO’s straight out of “Close Encounters”, and also the delightful little yellow crookneck squash, which also steam up nicely.
I was making baby food for my son a while back, and after steaming a variety of sliced squash, I blended it all up in the Cuisinart with some olive oil, salt, pepper, basil, and some fresh garlic (even babies love garlic!), and out came a scrumptious looking squash pesto. I tested a bite to see if the baby would enjoy it, and ended up consuming my fair share. On a hot summer evening, try serving with some crackers and a crisp Pinot Grigio for a light alternative to heavy appetizers.
Fill Up Without Sticking To Your Ribs
In addition to being tasty, these summer squash are all low in saturated fat, sodium, cholesterol, and best of all, CALORIES! An average zucchini has only 20 calories, but about a gram of fiber, and a decent amount of vitamin C. These friends of the low-cal diet are also a good source of protein, vitamin K, riboflavin, vitamin B6, folate, magnesium, potassium, and manganese.
This means that adding a cup or two of summer squash into your daily meal consumption will offer health benefits while helping keep any pesky weight off. So fill up without tipping the scale, and let us know how you like to enjoy your summer squash by leaving a comment below.