Winter Squash! I picked another orange vegetable!
🌱 Winter squash comes in many shapes and sizes. A small number are grown commercially, but if you visit farmer's markets or buy seeds and grow them yourself, there is quite a variety.
🌱 Winter squash are highly alkaline, which helps reduce acid in the body (a good thing for the liver and blood).
🌱 Winter squash are substantially filled and concentrated with nutrients.
🌱 Winter squash contain good amounts of natural sugars, carbohydrates, potassium, and vitamin A, while actually being low in calories.
🌱 Despite it's high carboydrate make up, winter squash has recently been shown to help steady the release of sugars inside the digestive system.
🌱 Winter squash is also very easy to digest, making it a good food to eat if you're experiencing any kind of digestive upset.
🌱 In chinese medicine, winter squash has the reputation for being anti-inflammatory. This may be because of the omega-3 fats it contains, along with it's high content caratenoids and phenols.
🌱 It may be helpful to note that eating the raw seeds of winter squashes are know to expel roundworms and tapeworms...you never know. 😉
🌱 Enjoy winter squash roasted by itself, added to soups, or in salads.
🌱 One of my favorite new recipes this winter was chipotle butternut squash and black bean tostadas. Yumm! You could even add diced roasted squash to salads.
What's your favorite kind of winter squash? Your favorite way to prepare it?
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Each week I will feature a vegetable, fruit, nut, seed, or herb.
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