We all are aware that veggies form an important part of our diet and play an important role in maintaining our beauty and health. However, it’s also important to look for an interesting way to use them in our diet. So, Kimberly Snyder brings a recipe which is very easy to make, very fresh, and full of nutrients and vitamins.
Zucchini, Carrot & Cucumber Zoodles Recipe by Kimberly Snyder also helps in keeping your skin supple and boosting your overall health. Besides being fun and cDr. Andrew Weilreative, this recipe is also tasty and healthy.
Why Zucchini Is Better Than Regular Pasta?
Zucchini noodles or zoodles, are the new healthy replacements of regular gluten-free pasta. Zucchini noodles are low in calories and carbohydrate in comparison to pasta.One more interesting fact about Zucchini is that it is a fruit. It’s hard to believe this because of the typical cooking style we all used with zucchini so far. But, zucchini works just perfectly even if consumed in raw form, for example, in salads.
Nutrients Which Make Zucchini a Healthy Option
Kimberly Snyder explains some of the important nutrients that zucchini supplies to our bodies when consumed:
Manganese: Adequate supply of magnesium makes your bones and teeth stronger.
Vitamin A, folate, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, and copper: Zucchini is loaded with all these essential vitamins and minerals which are good for the functioning of your thyroid and adrenal gland.
Vitamin C: It plays a key role in collagen synthesis, which is very crucial to maintain the health of the skin and even the blood vessels.
Niacin, zinc, omega-3 fatty acids, and protein: These are required by our body for the growth of hair.
Vitamins B: Vitamin B-complex is vital to maintaining optimal wellness and energy of our body, especially vitamin B1, B2 and B6.
Amino acids, minerals, soluble and insoluble fiber, sodium: All these vital nutrients improve digestion and increase stamina and energy levels.
Calcium: It is very important to make our bones strong.
Kimberly also suggests to include hydrating veggies in your diet. This will satisfy your hunger and will suppress the appetite.
Carrots: A Good Source of Vitamins and Minerals
Carrot is one of the most popular vegetables loaded with vitamins and minerals. You can eat it raw, drink its juice or have them as salad. Including this supercharged vegetable in your diet will help you have healthy, glowing skin.
It is even cited in one of the NCBI papers that consuming carrots or carrot juice have excellent health benefits. It also help in reducing the risk of cancers, and reduces oxidative stress that can lead to production of weak neural signal.
Some of the benefits of carrots are given below:
Promotes Eye Health: To have a good eye health, body needs three major nutrients namely, lutein, beta-carotenoid (a form of vitamin A), and zeaxanthin. These nutrients protects our eyes against the macular degeneration and blindness. In carrots, the nutrients lutein and zeaxanthin aid in reducing the risk of age-associated vision loss, night blindness , cataract, etc.
Provides Antioxidants: Beta-carotenoid is the major nutrient in carrot which makes it a super food. Carrots and other orange-colored vegetables are rich in antioxidants, which help in reducing the risk of many fatal diseases. Carrots boosts our immune system to fight against cancer, inflammation, bacterial and viral infections and also against the free radical damage.
Reduces the Risk of Heart Problem and Stroke: As we age, the risk of developing heart diseases increase, and incorporating carrots in our daily diet will help us reducing the risk of chronic diseases like stroke and other heart issues. Carrot also help in lowering the blood cholesterol levels, preventing the risk of developing atherosclerosis.
Cucumber Adds Some More Nutrients
Cucumbers is a popular vegetable which keeps you hydrated. Collagen in carrot helps in skin tightening. Kimberly says that you can also try rubbing a few slices of cucumber over your face to add extra moisture to your face.
These minerals and vitamins improve your digestion promote cleansing of the liver. It additionally helps in flushing out the accumulated toxins and waste substances from the blood.
You can also try these super foods for body detoxification.
How to Prepare Zucchini, Cucumber and Carrot Zoodles?
Eating healthy is important to maintain a good health. There are many ways to eat healthy without getting bored. All you need to do is a little experimenting with the ingredients so that you get different, delicious, and healthy food.
Try Kimberly Snyder’s Zucchini, Carrot and Cucumber Zoodles to keep yourself healthy.
The ingredients of the recipe include:
2 spiralized cucumbers
2 large spiralized carrots
2 medium spiralized zucchini
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 tablespoon mustard
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 teaspoon maple syrup
1 teaspoon sesame oil
½ red teaspoon pepper flakes
1 tablespoon toasted black sesame seeds
2 tablespoons green onion (chopped)
Steps to Prepare the Zoodles:
1. Spiralize all the vegetables, carrots, cucumbers, and zucchini.
2. Mix rice vinegar, lemon juice, mustard, sesame oil and maple syrup, until a uniform mixture is formed.
3. Lastly, toss the spiralized vegetables with the prepared sauce.
4. Sprinkle the red pepper flakes, green onions, and some black sesame seeds.
The delicious zoodles is ready to serve.