Dr. Tim Says….
Getting more veggies in your diet is one of the basics of the Mediterranean Diet. The best part is that it’s the one thing you can’t get too much of. (You’ll never hear your doctor say, “Hmm, my lab tests show that you’ve been getting too many carrots.”)
Much of the research on vegetables in the diet is focused on the antioxidants abundant in everything from asparagus to zucchini. It is now clear that that you cannot get the same benefit from taking those vitamins, minerals and antioxidants in pill form. Recent studies show no benefit from taking supplements but getting the same vitamins from vegetables is pretty powerful.
You might think that recipes like quickbreads are only a way to get whole grains. They are also a great way to get vegetables in your diet, and this recipe not only has zucchini but raisins, nuts, and great quality whole grains.
This is a little more difficult to make than a simple muffin recipe. The extra step of whipping the egg whites until frothy is worth it, though, because it adds a lightness to the bread that it doesn’t have otherwise. While the recipe seems to have a lot of ingredients, most of them are pretty common pantry items and this is well worth making. Rich, moist, spicy… the perfect quick bread for breakfast.