If you have never tried butternut squash, it is time to try something new!
The flavor is mildly nutty and naturally sweet. It can be used in a variety of ways including sauteed for salads, mixed in with hummus as a dip, blended into a creamy soup, roasted and tossed on a green salad, mixed into an omelet.
Beyond its sweet nurturing flavor, butternut squash, like many orange vegetables, provides a variety of health benefits:
Vitamin A: 1 cup of butternut squash provides 100% of your daily requirement for Vitamin A*. Vitamin A is a nutrient important to vision, growth, preproduction, and immunity. It also has antioxidant properties that protects your cells against free radicals that may play a role in heart disease, cancer, and other diseases.
Vitamin C, magnesium, and potassium: promote healthy cell growth and blood pressure regulation.
High Fiber: Provides about 3 grams of fiber per serving. High fiber foods help to reduce the risk of cancer, especially colorectal cancer. Fiber also promotes blood glucose control and weight maintenance.
*Recommended daily Vitamin A = 900 mcg for adult men and 700 mcg for adult women.