For those like myself who are looking to shed pounds all summer ’16 and get back in shape, before you start another fad diet or  calorie-counting frenzy, add zucchini to your grocery list. 

I am not sure exactly what components a zucchini is composed of in relation to weight loss, all I know is since I’ve been adding them into my daily diet the weight has been peeling off! No matter if I boil, bake or shred in a smoothie, this summer squash has helped me move past my dreaded weight loss plateau.

After doing some digging, I found out a few key points about Zucchini:

  • Weight loss 
  • Low calories
  • High fiber content
  • Eye health
  • Heart health
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Folate 

Plus many more!

Here are a few zucchini recipes I like and you should try!

Zucchini Shrimp Scampi

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Yield 4 servings
Traditional shrimp scampi made into a low-carb dish with zucchini noodles. It’s unbelievably easy, quick & healthy! 214.3 calories.
Ingredients
2 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined

3 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or more, to taste

1/4 cup chicken stock

Juice of 1 lemon

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1 1/2 pounds (4 medium-sized) zucchini, spiralized

2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

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