If you’re hopelessly obsessed with all things fall, here’s another must-have to add to your list of seasonal favorites – butternut squash. This orange-fleshed veggie not only delivers a delicious savory flavor that embodies autumn, but it packs a wallop of nutrition.
Butternut squash is loaded with phytonutrients and antioxidants, including zeaxanthin and lutein, which help protect vision. All those compounds also help the body fight inflammation, which is beneficial to the health of your entire body. It’s loaded with Vitamin A – one cup offers 457% of the recommended daily allowance. It also contains nearly half of your daily dose for Vitamin C. A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition of more than 4,000 women found that higher Vitamin C intake was correlated with less wrinkles and dryness in the skin.
A member of the gourd family, butternut squash is harder than many of its cousins, and for convenience it is often found peeled and cubed in bags at grocery stores. Roasted as a side dish or pureed into a soup, butternut squash has a pumpkin-like flavor that is simply the essence of the season. Take a look at these links to recipes that are as amazingly tasty as they are healthy:
This soulful soup uses quinoa, Greek yogurt, and a spin in the blender to achieve velvety texture.
More a technique than a recipe, this simple preparation lets the flavor of the squash take center stage.
This vegan recipe incorporates whole grain pasta and fresh herbs, so that even die-hard carnivores won’t miss the meat. Enjoy the bounty of this harvest season, and bon appetit!
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