The dog days of summer are upon us so here’s a fun little good-for-you recipe that is not only quick and easy to make, but can easily keep you satisfied for when you’re just not in the mood for another garden salad!
Let’s talk zucchini pasta!
Now before you raise that eyebrow of yours, please know that recent studies have shown that zucchini ranks in the top three foods high in antioxidant-rich carotenoids like alpha-carotene, zeaxanthin, and lutein – all linked to longevity and vibrant health!
Some Health Benefits of Zucchini
- Good source of potassium, a heart friendly electrolyte that helps to regulate blood pressure and heart rates by countering effects of sodium.
- Rich in vitamin C which is important for wound healing and tissue regeneration – think beautiful skin! Vitamin C also supports the body’s immune system. Out of all the vitamins, our bodies do not synthesize vitamin C so it is therefore essential to have an adequate supply of it in your diet.
- Zucchini is a very hydrating food with a water content of over 95% – nuff said.
- Vitamin A helps to maintain healthy vision and mucus membranes
- Low in calories and great for weight loss with only 17 calories per 100 grams.
- Contains no saturated fats or cholesterol.
- The peel/rind is a good source of dietary fiber that helps reduce constipation and offers some protection against colon cancers.
- Easy to digest and very balancing to the body.
My Amazing Spirooli
When it comes to preparing raw foods, a spirooli is definitely a handy dandy gadget to have around. All you need to do is secure your veggie on one end (in this case your zucchini), twirling the handle while sliding the vegetable toward the blade …. and voila!
You’ve now got yourself oodles of cute and curly zucchini noodles!
You can also use Golden zucchini for a splash of brilliant sunshine yellow ….
Here’s the recipe for this great summer salad alternative ….
Note: For left over pesto sauce, store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
If you’re feeling a bit creative, arrange on plate using an empty can with both ends removed. Pack and press noodles firmly into can then remove can. Garnish with pesto sauce and other toppings of your choice. I used hemp seeds and a slice of tomato here. Be creative!
Wishing everyone a fun and healthy summer! Until next time, be happy and be well!
Martine ~ nutritionista