Ahh summer. It's almost here and with it comes a whole array of fresh fruits and veggies. Summer squash is one of my favorites because it tastes good raw and cooked. I didn't know this, but it's relatives with the melon, the cucumber, and eggplant. Cucumber makes sense, but melon? Who knew?
You can find summer squash in all kinds of shapes and varieties. Zucchini, yellow squash, pattypan squash, and globe squash are all summer squash. The best part is that you can eat the entire vegetable - the skin, flesh and seeds. Unlike winter squash, summer squash are more fragile and cannot be stored for long periods of time, so make sure to use them soon after you buy them.
Want to know why they're so healthy for you? Then
Did you know that summer squash have anti-cancer effects with the ability to prevent cell mutations? They're also an excellent source of magnesium, vitamin A, fiber, potassium, folate, copper, riboflavin (B2), and phosphorous. The magnesium can help reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. Together with the potassium in summer squash, magnesium is also helpful for reducing high blood pressure. That's not all - summer squash's fiber has been shown to lower high cholesterol levels!
Now that's one vegetable you don't want to forget to grill this summer!
Fit's Tips: Want to try something different? Try cutting up some summer squash and putting it in your salad.