These Crunchy Zucchini Fritters are Chock Full of Cancer-Fighting Nutrients

Zucchini is not only my favorite summer squash for creating hearty seasonal dishes, but is also packed full of nutrients that leave my skin glowing, my immune system strong, and my stomach satisfied!

My mom introduced me to substituting zucchini for more calorie-rich foods in all kinds of recipes, from vegan street tacos to zucchini-noodle lasagna. I fell in love with it’s heartiness that makes it a great substitute for meat, and have been reaping the amazing health benefits ever since.

Health Benefits of Zucchini

If I wrote a love letter to zucchini detailing all of the incredible things it does for your body, I wouldn’t have time to make these delicious fritters for my sister’s potluck. So, to save us both some time, I’ve included some information from the zucchini experts themselves over at Organic Facts.

According to Organic Facts,

“Zucchini is well known to reduce weight, yet still boost the nutrient value of your diet. Moreover, it helps to promote eye health, and prevents all the diseases that occur from vitamin C deficiency . . . The vitamin C, folate and beta-carotene content in zucchini helps to protect cells from the harmful chemicals that can lead to colon cancer. Beta-carotene and vitamin C also have anti-inflammatory properties, thereby naturally curing ailments like osteoarthritis, asthma, and rheumatoid arthritis”

In addition to fighting cancer, asthma, and arthritis, the beta-carotene found in zucchini is also a pre-cursor to Vitamin A that will keep your skin hydrated and luminous all summer long!

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1. Lose weight with zucchini: Zucchini as a matter of fact is known to promote weight loss. It is low in calories and makes you feel full for a longer period of time. So do try munching onto this delicious summer squash and watch yourself lose those extra pounds.

2. Shields you from diseases: Did you know that zucchini helps you keep many diseases at bay? Eating this vegetable on a regular basis keeps you strong and healthy. Zucchini is rich in fibre; Vitamin-C and beta-carotene to name a few that shield the cells from any damage that can lead to colon cancer.

3. Cardiovascular health: Zucchini is rich in magnesium that protects the heart and further reduces the risk of getting a heart attack.

4. Antioxidants: Zucchini is filled with anti-oxidants that flush out all the unwanted toxins from the body. You can free your body from bad cholesterol by including this vegetable into your diet more frequently.

5. Controls Diabetes: Zucchini again is a good source of vitamin-B that balances the sugar levels in the body. Anyone who has type-2 diabetes should try consuming zucchini because it works very well in controlling on such patients.

6. Healthy eyes: Have you ever thought how zucchini can promote healthy eyes? It is rich in vitamin-A which is very beneficial for the eyes. It increases the vision by strengthening the cells.

7. Anti-aging properties: Zucchini is full of vitamin-A and Vitamin-C that help in improving the elasticity of the skin. Fine lines and wrinkles are surely a big no for many of us. So go ahead and try this juicy vegetable and hide the signs of aging!

8. Luscious hair: Zucchini promotes hair growth due to the fact that it is rich in Vitamin-A. It also protects the hair from damage on account of free radicals.

9. Prevents Gout: Zucchini can help in reducing inflammation in the joints caused by excessive levels of uric acid in the body. It is rich in omega-3 fatty acids that indirectly treat gout effectively.

10. Strong teeth and bones: Zucchini is a good source of vitamin–C that goes a long way in keeping the bones strong and healthy. If you are suffering from low calcium levels, start munching on some zucchini!

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RECIPE: Mouth-Watering, Cancer-Fighting, Zesty Zucchini Fritters

These crunchy, zesty fritters are the perfect way to satisfy carnivores and vegans alike at your next summer potluck.

This easy, 5-step recipe is a great way to sneak in a healthy appetizer, and best of all, zucchini is in season right now!

PS- You can find fresh, GMO-free zucchini at your local farmer’s market. Remember to pick the darkest ones, they contain the most nutrients.

Fritter Ingredients
1 large zucchini or 2 small
1 clove of garlic peeled and minced
¼ Cup fresh basil
¼ cup fresh oregano
1 tablespoon lemon zest
2 organic eggs (or flax egg)
¼ cup gluten free flour
¼ teaspoon Onion powder or to taste
1 teaspoon salt or to taste
¼ teaspoon of pepper or to taste

Dip Ingredients
Avocado dip base
½ cup finely chopped dill

1. Grate. Using the large holes of a box grater, grate zucchini.

2. Toss. Place zucchini in a colander set in the sink and toss with 1/2 teaspoons salt.

3. Dry. Let stand 10 minutes, and then wring zucchini dry in a clean kitchen towel to remove moisture.

4. Batter. Place zucchini in a large bowl and gently mix in egg, garlic, basil, oregano, lemon zest, onion powder, salt and pepper. Mix well to combine. Slowly add flour, stirring so no lumps form.

5. Fry. Heat 2 tablespoons coconut oil or olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat until the oil sizzles when you drop a small amount of zucchini mixture into the pan. Carefully drop about 2 tablespoons zucchini mixture into pan; repeat, spacing fritters a few inches apart. Cook fritters until golden, 2 to 3 minutes. Lower heat to medium. Turn fritters, and continue cooking until golden, 2 to 3 minutes more. Transfer fritters to a plate; set aside in a warm place. Cook remaining zucchini mixture, adding more oil to pan if necessary.

Sources: Healthy Holistic LivingOrganic Facts, Minimalist Baker


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