Food of the Month: Butternut Squash

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It is hard to believe fall is upon us with changing leaves and pumpkin everything! While I am going to save pumpkin for another food of the month blog, I am going to talk about it’s cousin the butternut squash! Both squashes are in the gourd family, which also includes cucumbers and melons.

Butternut originated from South and Central America over 10,000 years ago. It has been cultivated throughout the years with some varieties originating from America. Butternut squash is consider a fruit since it contains seeds.

Benefits:

Like others squashes, Butternut is packed full of vitamins, minerals, and other great nutrients.

Fiber is essential for healthy, regular bowel movements and helps you feel full longer when combined with protein and healthy fats.

Minerals like Potassium help support blood pressure and proper hydration.

Vitamins are plentifully in butternut squash, and include A,C, and B. All of these are important for immune, eye, and nerve health. All of these are important throughout our lives, especially as children.

High Antioxidants and Carotenoids round out some of the benefits of butternut squash, which are important to help support immune system and reduce inflammation in the body.

Tips and Tricks for Use:

Butternut can be stored for up to 3 months in a cool place and out of direct sunlight. It is not recommended to store the butternut squashes in the fridge, as it is too humid. But once cut, it can be stored up to a week in the fridge.

Butternut squash is low in fat and calories, which means it pares well with healthy fats like olive oil and butter. Usually roasted, butternut squash can be added to salads and soups as well.

If your family has not had butternut before, then serve it as a side dish with other foods or spices they are familiar with. Some people, will “hide” veggies when introducing them to picky eaters. This is fine, however try some dishes where it clearly presented as this will help them correlate its appearance with the taste.

Lastly, I am a big texture person and do not really care for squishy foods. When I eat winter squashes I tend to roast them so they are crisp on the outside. This helps me with texture. Keep this in mind if you have picky eaters.

Recipes:

 Paleo Butternut Squash with Mushrooms Skillet

Broccoli Cheese Soup with Winter Squash

Paleo Ham and Egg Casserole

Lasagna with a Veggie Bonus

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Do you have a butternut squash recipe that is to die for? Questions or Comments? Post it below!

Roasted & Buttered,

Mrs. Know it All

Sources: Wholeliving.com, livestrong.com, and ehow.com.

 

 

 

 

 

I am a Nutritionist and Blogger who is not known for her plating of food or photo skills. I love to empower people to live the busy lives they have created, while being healthy, happy, and hopefully at their best every day.
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