Squash is one of my favorite vegetables to eat. If it wasn’t such a frustrating time trying to peel and prepare it, I would probably have it every week. But – laziness gets the best of me and so I only have it on days where I am feeling rather ambitious.
Squash comes in all kinds of forms!
- Butternut (personal favorite)
- White pumpkins and more
There are also many reasons why you should eat it. I know everyone stresses how healthy and nutritious sweet potatoes and yams are for you, but personally I cannot find a way to enjoy them! This is why instead I’ve turned to squash which is similar in color and similar in health benefits. Here are 6 reasons why you should turn to squash this fall, as you plan your delicious healthy meals!
- Boost your Vitamins: Squash is high in beta carotene which is what our bodies use to make vitamin A. This is important for your bones and vision. The more intensely colored a squash is, the more beta carotene it carries!
- Healthy Skin & Hair: The high vitamin A plays an important role for the growth of all body tissues, which includes skin and hair!
- Lowers Cancer Risk: Beta carotene in squash has been shown to have an inverse association with the development of cancer
- Anti-inflammatory Effects: The high anti-oxidant content within squash helps reduce the risk of anti-inflammatory issues, such as asthma and arthritis
- Nutrition Galore: In addition to beta carotene and vitamin A, squash also contains magnesium, fiber, folate, riboflavin, phosphorus, potassium and Vitamin
- Varity of Recipes: Not only can you have variety within the recipes that you make with squash (Thai Squash curry, butternut squash soup, beet and squash salad, etc!), there are varieties of the types of squash as well! If you don’t enjoy butternut, then try something new with the spaghetti version. And if you don’t like that, then try the baby squash. They’re adorable.
I plan to be posting several squash based recipes as winter sets in, so make sure you stay tuned for them!
Let me know what kind of recipes you like to make with squash and comment below.