Home gardens all around the Greater Tampa Bay area will be overflowing with delicious squash. Green zucchini, crookneck, and yellow squash varieties are some of our favorite warm-season vegetables harvested annually during the summer months.
The experts at Florida-based Weight Success Centers LLC suggest adding an array of wholesome and delicious squash to your diet this season. There are hundreds of types, from round zucchini to cousa squash, most of which are varieties of the Cucurbita pepo species. Unlike winter squash varieties and gourds with hard rinds (acorn, pumpkin, etc.), the summer squash varieties have a delicate, edible skin.
Shape-Up with Scrumptious Squash
If you are looking for a nutritious side, then squash is a great option. Summer squash generally offers potassium, fiber, calcium, iron, magnesium, and loads of vitamins A, B-6, C, and K. It is a nutritious choice for immunity and overall health.
In addition to vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, the serving options are endless. Simply wash and slice fresh zucchini and yellow squash, add a little lemon vinaigrette, and you have a ready-to-eat bowl of nutritional excellence including minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants.
Bring the Flavor with Summer Squash Recipes
Cook, grill, roast, or sauté squash in just about any way you like. For something easy and delicious, bake crookneck squash in your oven for approximately 45 minutes at 400° or until tender. You can prep it on a baking sheet with your favorite spices.
At Weight Success Centers, we suggest sprinkling baked squash with garlic powder (fresh pressed garlic is even better), pepper, and shaved parmesan cheese before baking. Enjoy it as a side dish or arrange the baked squash over quinoa, couscous, rice, or pasta.
During the summertime, a medley of sautéed squash that has been chilled in the refrigerator could be a lighter side option in contrast to hot side dishes like potatoes. For fun, try a ribbon technique instead of slicing or dicing. All you need is a vegetable peeler, which you can use to slice your squash lengthwise into long, thin ribbons. Ribbons will add flair to your summer festivities.
Stores and markets are packed with summer squash this time of year. If you would like additional nutrition tips about adding squash and other healthy foods to your diet plan, contact the experts and physicians at Weight Success Centers.
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