Food From The Heart... For The Heart by Roxane Hayward

Look after your loved ones and fall in love with your own heart this Valentines Day... starting from the inside out. Gone are the days of romantic Italian bowls of pasta for your date nights. It's out with the carbs and in with tasty, nutritious, heart-healing food - this Zucchini Carpaccio is just that.
Zucchini Carpaccio Serves 2   INGREDIENTS ' 6 small organic zucchini (or 1 large) ' Juice of 2 lemons ' 1 tsp apple cider vinegar ' 1 small garlic clove ' 2 tsp dill ' Pink Himalayan salt and pepper to taste   METHOD 1. Rinse your zucchini and, using a potato peeler, thinly slice your zucchini length ways 2. In a small mixing bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients and mix well. 3. Place one thin layer of zucchini slices in a small flat dish and pour some of the lemon and dill dressing over your slices. Repeat this process with more layers. 4. Allow to rest and marinate in the fridge for 4 hours before serving. 5. Can be served on a bed of rocket with parmesan shavings as a delicious side to your protein.   Zucchini is higher in potassium than a banana. Potassium is said to help your heart to beat, as well as help other muscles work properly. The potassium in zucchini also helps moderate your blood pressure levels and counters the bad effects one might get from too much sodium. Most of the fibre and antioxidants are found in the skin so make sure to eat this part as well. Zucchini is great for people with diabetes as it is high in B-complex vitamins, folate, B6, B1, B2, B3, choline, as well as minerals like zinc and magnesium. DID YOU KNOW? Zucchini is actually a fruit, it's also a common GMO crop, so make sure to buy organic.   The Banting Blondes www.thebantingblondes.com

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