Zucchini Benefits for Babies
Zucchini is an easy vegetable to get year-round and is great served to baby, toddler, and kids! This post will go into detail about the health benefits of zucchini, how to select and store zucchini as well as our favorite recipes.
Zucchini For Baby
Zucchini are affordable, versatile, and have so many important nutrients for kiddos! When you feed baby zucchini you are feeding them something that is nourishing their growing bones, teeth and skin. You see a lot of this veggie during the summer months, but zucchini is amazing year-round. When zucchini is in abundance and people are showing up at your door with free bags, take it! Cook, puree, and freeze your zucchini, and your baby will be able to reap the nutrient benefits throughout the year. This healthy food can be enjoyed as a finger food, cooked and pureed, or even in a piece of warm zucchini pancakes!
Benefits of Zucchini
Zucchini is a nutrient-dense food. In addition, it’s soft and primarily water, making it a great option for hydrating babies.
- High in vitamin C, which supports the immune system and helps with iron absorption
- Contains beta-carotene, needed for healthy eyesight
- A good source of potassium, an important electrolyte needed for fluid balance, muscle contractions and a normal blood pressure
- Contains water and fiber, which support digestion and can help with constipation
One cup of zucchini, with skin, has about:
- 27 calories
- 4.84 grams carbohydrates
- 2.05 grams protein
- 1.8 grams fiber
- 0.68 grams fat
- 3.08 grams sugars
- 32.4 milligrams calcium
- 0.66 milligram iron
- 34.2 milligrams magnesium
- 66.6 milligrams phosphorus
- 475 milligrams potassium
- 5.4 milligrams sodium
- 0.594 milligram zinc
- 0.094 milligram copper
- 0.311 milligram manganese
How to Select and Store Zucchini
Here’s how to pick zucchini that’s perfectly ripe and ready to enjoy:
- Size: ideally, you want zucchini that are small to medium-sized (no longer than 6-8 inches), as the flavor and texture will be best. If zucchini is too large, the seeds and rind begin to harden, making it unpalatable.
- Touch: a ripe zucchini should have the right level of firmness. If it is too soft, this means the zucchini may be rotting and is past its prime. The skin should be glossy and slightly prickly to the touch.
- Color: choose zucchini with a vibrant green hue (although depending on the variety of zucchini, it may also be yellow or white). Avoid those with any bruising or nicks.
If you plan to cook the zucchini within a few days, leave it out at room temperature. Wash the zucchini before cooking.
If you don’t plan to use the zucchini in a few days, store the whole zucchini in the crisper drawer in the fridge. This will help zucchini stay fresh for up to 2 weeks.
How to Cut Zucchini
Zucchini is one of the easiest veggies to cut and serve many different ways. Here are five of our favorite options for cutting zucchini:
- Zucchini Rounds
- Zucchini Planks
- Diced Zucchini
- Grated Zucchini
- Zucchini Noodles