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Squash: Autumn’s Cheapest Super Food

by in Diabetes, Fruits and Veggies, Holistic Nutrition Tips, Kitchen Sink, Preventative Medicine, Superfoods October 24, 2008

By Dr. Nicole Sundene

Right now squash is the HIT super food of the season.

Squash is not only a CHEAP food, it is also a highly nutritious lower glycemic complex source of carbohydrates that can be enjoyed by dieters and diabetics when paired with a lean protein source.

Whether you are growing pumpkins, butternut squash, or acorn squash in your garden you can easily turn any squash in to a nutritious soup to boost your immune system during the cold and flu months.

Because of the beautiful orange and yellow pigments, squash is a rich source of beta carotene and other important carotenoids that prevent cancer.

Growing your own food is not only rewarding, but also is a cost-effective way to provide your family with fresh organic produce.

Eating seasonal produce is a simple way to improve your health by increasing variety in your diet. Now is the time to pick up some squash at your local farmer’s market, or find it on sale at your super market.

Kitchen Tip: Steam squash till tender, then drizzle with olive oil and give a sprinkle of sea salt. You can also mash it up for a great healthy substitute to mashed potatoes. Try baking squash in the oven at 350F 20-40 minutes until done (recipe depends on how thickly you cube or slice the squash). You can also take cubed cooked squash and blend with coconut milk to make a delicious anti-viral soup recipe!

Please feel free to share your favorite squash recipe in the comments section. Foodies are always invited to leave links to their squash recipes on this page for all to enjoy.

Happy Healthy Autumn Everyone!

~Dr. Nicole

Naturopathic Physician

8 Comments
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  2. I love cheap, healthy eats! Here’s a yummy way I’ve been enjoying pumpkins lately – they’re everywhere!

    Pumpkin Smoothie

    * 1 banana, frozen
    * 1 C almond milk
    * 1 C pumpkin, grated
    * 1/2 tsp cinnamon
    * 1/4 tsp ground ginger
    * 1/4 tsp allspice
    * 1/4 tsp nutmeg
    * agave nectar, stevia or raw honey to taste

    Combine ingredients in a blender until creamy.

    Look here for more delicious pumpkin recipes.

    Loving the redesign, Doc! Kudos on the GREEN blog.

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