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It's Summer Squash Time!

It's Summer Squash Time!

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.


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AucuneRancune AucuneRancune 10 years
Zucchini and Squash or all different varieties remind me of summers during my childhood, because my father had a huge vegetable garden. Oh, wonderful memories.
CestLaVie CestLaVie 10 years
Fresh zucchini in salad= yum!!!
chatoyante chatoyante 10 years
For what it's worth, they're all in the same family *except* for eggplant--it's a nightshade like potatoes. :)
hotchickrules hotchickrules 10 years
good to know they're so healthy!
i-heart-monster i-heart-monster 10 years
Mmmmm. We couldn't plant any cucurbits this year at all :( Squash bug invasion last year, so we had to skip a year. I'm totally missing it!
susanec susanec 10 years
I've been roasting the baby versions with onions and tomatoes and having them either plain or over pasta. Very good.
bookgirl bookgirl 10 years
I just bought some zucchini a couple days ago-its my favorite veggie
pinupsweetheart pinupsweetheart 10 years
I usually steam squash and throw them over bow tie pasta with graded parmesan cheese. Super light and easy for a warm summer night when you are too pooped to cook cook.
ALSW ALSW 10 years
I love zucchini! Yummm, zucchini grinders/subs... :)
smarler smarler 10 years
That's great. I've been eating summer squash almost every day for the past few weeks. I do love my grilled veggies!
scratch5 scratch5 10 years
I love to grill zucchini!!!!
Nutmegs Nutmegs 10 years
Mmmm, squash! I love me some zucchini. Thanks for posting the health benefits, Fit!
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