Monday, January 16, 2012

Low Fat Baked Zucchini Patties and Zucchini Health Benefits



Many studies have proven to show this delicious vegetable can be an  aid to prevent many illnesses
2 cups zucchini, grated
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup fine dry breadcrumbs
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, black pepper and parsley
pinch of cayenne
3 cloves minced garlic finely chopped
2 teaspoons Old Bay Seafood seasoning
1/4 cup chopped red peppers
1 teaspoon fat free mayonnaise
Canola oil
Drain grated zucchini well, pressing between layers of paper towels.
Combine zucchini and all ingredients in a large bowl. Divide mixture into 8 portions, shaping each into a patties.. (Mixture will be soft.)

Bake patties on a parchment lined sprayed cookie sheet with cooking oil. If you want to fry them which is not low fat,use a small amount of canola oil and saute on both side. Cook until they are soft and browned on both sides.

The health benefits of this great vegetable called Zucchini

Great for Dieters!
One cup of zucchini has 36 calories contains 10% dietary fiber which aids in digestion, prevents constipation, maintains low blood sugar and curbs overeating.
Lowers Cholesterol
The dietary fiber in zucchini helps lower cholesterol by attaching itself to bile acids that the liver makes from cholesterol for digesting fat. Because fiber binds so well with bile acid, thus crowding its ability to immediately digest fat, the liver is charged with producing more bile acid.
The liver then draws upon even more cholesterol to produce bile acid, consequently lowering the overall cholesterol level in the body. Furthermore, the high levels of vitamin C and vitamin A prevent cholesterol from oxidizing in the body's blood vessels, thus hampering the onset of atherosclerosis.
Cancer Prevention
Because dietary fiber promotes healthy and regular bowel movements, the high amounts of fiber in zucchini also help prevent carcinogenic toxins from settling in the colon. The vitamins C and A, as well as folate, found in zucchini act as powerful antioxidants that fight oxidative stress that can lead to many different types of cancer.
Prostate Health
Studies have shown that the phytonutrients in zucchini aid in reducing the symptoms of benign
prostatic hypertrophy, a condition in which the prostate gland enlarges and leads
to complications with urination and sexual functions in men.
Anti-Inflammatory
Vitamin C and A can help in anti inflammatory agents. Cooper is also found in zucchini, these vitamins deter the development of many disorders including asthma, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention
A one cup serving of zucchini contains over 10% of the RDA of magnesium, this is mineral proven to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke.
Lower Blood Pressure
Along with magnesium, the potassium found in zucchini helps lower blood pressure.
Both the potassium and magnesium in zucchini, can help alleviate the stress on the circulatory system.

12 comments:

  1. This is worth keeping and sharing!

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  2. These look delicious, and I can't believe how crispy they seem to be after baking! Love zucchini anyways :)

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  3. Very informative post! I do need to incorporate more zucchini into my diet and this is an important reminder. However, your delicious recipe is sure to help me along. Thanks Claudia!

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  4. I absolutely adore zucchini--one of my favorite veggies, but have never tried anything quite like this. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. i just have some zucchinis, and i will try this tempting recipe right now, thank you, Claudia.

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  6. these look wonderful and thanks for the education about zucchini - I love zucchini but never realized all the health benefits, thanks!

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  7. Mmm!! My mom used to make something similar but I'm loving the addition of old bay seasoning! Plus I'm trying to be healthy so I have to try this.

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  8. Old Bay Seasoning? Interesting - never would have thought of that. Love that it is baked. Love dreaming of zucchini in my garden.

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  9. Zucchini are good vegetables. Lovely recipe here, both interesting and informative

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  10. Crispy, healthy, delicious and cooked by a beautiful lady. This is a winner!

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  11. Those zucchini patties sound wonderful. I love zucchini...I grate it and put it into my stuffed shells with the ricotta. I add it to my scrambled eggs and I bake with it. I never knew it had so many health benefits. Thanks for the info!

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  12. We just had some zucchini cutlets the other day, I loved it. This recipe looks so yummy!!! will try it out.

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