When we think of dieting we always imagine boring dishes with little or no taste that are certainly far from being appetizing. When our aim is to lose weight we, more often than not, play with our health by starving the body of nutrients required to operate properly, therefore the ideal diet would be one which balances the intake of food and nutrients without any excess of calories and fat.
For the perfect diet our ally is certainly the courgette, it’s made up of 95% water and therefore it doesn’t have any caloric content and is beneficial to the organism to the absolute limit. There are scientific studies that show that there is only a contribution of 15 grams of calories per 100 g of courgette, you may be thinking that it can’t be very nutritious but those same studies corroborate that it’s rich in vitamins a, b and c and also contains minerals and trace elements including phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, calcium,Carotenes, lutein, zeaxanthin, thiamin, pyridoxine, riboflavin, iron and zinc. Its natural flavor is suitable for a wide range of recipes and you can also grill, bake, boil, stuff and sauté this versatile vegetable, but remember, you shouldn’t skimp on the quality of the product, since it’s always sold at an affordable price.
To get the most out of your courgettes they’re best boiled or consumed raw, this will not only protect your cardiovascular system the most but, due to the great amount of vitamins that benefit your skin, they will also improve your appearance in general, your beauty, therefore increasing your feeling of well-being, thus making you happier! Scientists also recommend that not peeling them guarantees the maximum benefit from their rich source in dietary fiber.
So the courgette really is perfect for people who want to lose weight with responsibility and used in tune with some safe exercise the pounds will fall off. As a snack the yellow courgette, thinly sliced, sprinkled with extra virgin olive oil and seasoned with a few drops of lemon juice, salt and pepper, is delicious and much better than any greasy snacks which are usually consumed to “keep hunger at bay” during the critical hours between meals.
Senior chefs have also taken the floor on the matter and they recommend that you eat plenty of fruit and vegetables from a young age and by preparing fresh and imaginative dishes using a varied amount of different vegetables you can create appealing colours and textures, they say getting used to eating healthily will avoid you ever needing to diet!
For some inspiration you could check out our recipe section which includes some of these tasty and easy to prepare ideas,
Cream of Courgette soup
Raw cougettes with a light pesto
Pasta with chicken and courgette
Roasted vegetable Salad
Sautéed courgette and mushrooms
Apple, celery and courgette soup
Grilled courgette with blue cheese
Raw courgette with tomato and feta cheese
Courgette and bacon bread