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Benefits of Adding Squash to Your Diet

You may only think about them in the fall, but these nutrient-dense veggies pack a punch when it comes to fighting disease. And better yet, some are available year-round.

Fall Squash Infographic illustrating different types of squash 

You may only think about them in the fall, but these nutrient-dense veggies pack a punch when it comes to fighting disease. And better yet, some are available year-round.

Benefits of Adding Squash to Your Diet

  • Strengthen bones with valuable trace elements such as calcium and zinc
  • Regulate blood sugar as a good source of fiber and vitamin B, which help stabilize insulin and glucose levels
  • Boost immunity with antioxidants such as vitamin C
  • Prevent heart disease with cholesterol-lowering pectin
  • Fight lung cancer and other respiratory illnesses with high amounts of vitamin A

Acorn

How to use: Cut this squash down the center to make a great bowl. Fill it with apples, pecans, and cinnamon for an unexpected treat. Or have taco night without the tortillas. Add everything you’d expect in a taco—ground beef, black beans, corn, onions, and top with cheese.

Butternut

How to use: Butternut squash soup is on our list of favorites, which is perfect for chillier fall days. It also adds a nice flavor to chili and pasta dishes; or serve roasted with a small amount of butter and cinnamon.

Pumpkin

How to use: Where do we even begin? You can use this ever-present fall favorite to make smoothies, muffins, pancakes, bread—even the seeds make a great snack full of protein and fiber. Or have you tried adding a little pumpkin puree to your overnight oats? We think you should.

Spaghetti

How to use: To spare yourself some carbs, or if you’re gluten-free, use spaghetti squash in place of pasta. It makes a surprisingly hearty dish when you pair it with a meaty spaghetti sauce. Or serve it as a simple yet nutritious side dish with a little olive oil, salt, and pepper.

Related: Gluten Free Recipes That Anyone Can Enjoy

 

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Source: “7 Amazing Benefits of Squash.” Organic Facts. 2017. Web. 15 Sept. 2017. 

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