Zucchini is a summer squash and an excellent choice to add to your diet! And, while we think of it as a vegetable, it is a fruit because it grows from the flowering part of the plant and has seeds.

Zucchini is very low in calories while providing a ton of nutrients our bodies need like vitamin A, manganese, vitamin C, Potassium, and a whole lot more. It is also very high in antioxidants which are important to protect us from cell damage (that can cause some cancers.) But make sure you eat the skin because that’s where the highest levels of antioxidants are found. Zucchini is also rich in water and fiber which can promote healthy digestion and improve gut health and it has been shown to reduce blood sugar levels in some people with type 2 diabetes.

Zucchini is also really versatile and can be added to lots of kid-friendly dishes. Shred it into muffinsoatmeal, on pizza, or in quesadillas. Or make zucchini fritters or bites. You can even chop it into bite-sized pieces and add to your morning smoothie. You won’t even notice it’s there! For dinner, try this zucchini pizza casserole or stir-fry zucchini noodles!

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