Just out our new recipe for zucchini muffins by Healthy Little Foodies – the latest in our personalised cookbook range. You may think that zucchini is an odd ingredient to go in a muffin, but actually, they have a lot to offer, here are eight reasons why zucchini are GREAT!
- Vitamin A
Cooked zucchini is high in vitamin A, which is important for your immune system and healthy vision. Also if you are pregnant it aids the growth and development of babies in the womb.
- Heart Health
The fibre in zucchini’s (and other veggies) is great for heart health – people who eat more fibre have a lower risk of heart disease.
- Reduce Blood Sugar
The fact that there is no sugar in these muffins, the recipe for zucchini muffins uses apple puree to sweeten them means if you are diabetic then they are a great alternative that won’t spike your sugar levels.
- Healthy Digestion
Zucchini contain lots of water and fibre, which means your body can produce softer poo! Plus zucchini bulk out your poo and aid digestion.
- Rich in Antioxidants
These antioxidants help protect your body from free radicals. The antioxidants are mostly found in the zucchini skin, so don’t peel them before you make your muffins! Free radicals are those pesky things that age you… eat zucchini’s to stay younger looking!
- B Vitamins
Zucchini is a rich source of B-vitamins, especially folate, riboflavin, and B6, it can help to boost energy production in the body which reduces fatigue and improves moods.
- Cholesterol Free
If you are watching your cholesterol levels, then you can go crazy and eat as many zucchini’s as you like! I don’t, however, know if the muffins with the zucchini in them would pass the cholesterol-free test….
- Strong Bones and Teeth
The lutein and zeaxanthin found in zucchini are great for keeping your bones and teeth strong.
Finally, did you know that technically zucchinis are a fruit, not a veggie? They are the only fruit that starts with the letter z. If that was more widely promoted I think that zucchini muffins would sound more appealing, like apple muffins or raspberry muffins…. I feel that zucchini are discriminated against!
Our new personalised recipe storybook shows you how to make these wonderful tasty zucchini muffins, which have no sugar, but use apple puree and grated apple to sweeten them for you. Make a batch and you have a delicious snack ready to go.