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Produce Playoffs: Zucchini vs Sweet Potato

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March Madness brings out the best of the best teams to compete in head-to-head matchups on the basketball court!  In honor of the march mayhem, Skinny Gene presents the Produce Playoffs!  Just like the big dance, anything can happen on any given day as these super foods go head-to-head!  Whatever the outcome, all of these foods are winners!



DAY 3 MATCHUP: Zucchini versus Sweet Potato

(voting from March 27th – March 31st @ Midnight PST)


The next game in the produce playoff is the Houdini Zucchinis versus the ‘not so sweet’ Sweet Potatoes.  Here is the game day breakdown for the two teams:



Season: March may not be their best month, their strongest time of year is in the summer. 

Star players:  Vitamin C, A, and manganese, and other antioxidants

On the bench: pectin rich fiber and omega 3 fats

Offense:  The zucchini offense is as simple as a gentle steam.  This preserves their rich antioxidant properties.  Serve raw with hummus or steamed with seasoning for a quick side.  

Defense:  The Houdini Zucchini will surprise the opponent with their unusual amount of cholesterol lowering pectin in the skin of their veggie.  The pectin also provides protection against diabetes and improves insulin regulation.  As long as they keep their skin on, they are sure to give the sweet potato a good run.     




Sweet Potato 


Season: Lucky for the sweet potatoes, March is their best month!

Star players: No question, the star of this team is betacarotene!  In the shadows is another all star, Vitamin C.   

On the bench: sweet potato extracts that increase the body’s level of andiponectin, as well as fiber, potassium, Vitamin B6, manganese 

Offense: Sweet potatoes are extremely versatile, steam, bake, roast, or sautée and  season sweet with cinnamon and Splenda or savory with onions and garlic.    

Defense: The defense duo of Vitamin A and C provide the anti cancer antioxidants , as well as anti-inflammatory protection.  The increased levels of andiponectin and the fiber content help regulate a healthy insulin response improving blood sugars and reducing risk of diabetes. 



This was an awesome matchup. Both teams played hard, but there could only be 1 winner. And  it was…. CLICK TO SEE THE ANSWER! :)

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