Butternut squash is not the most popular fruit right now but thankfully, it is slowly becoming a part of many diets. This is thanks to the enormous benefits and nutritional value.
Benefits of Squash for Your Health
- It contains a lot of antioxidants. In fact, researchers recommend it as a food high in antioxidants.
- The important amount of beta-carotene found in squash is great to boost the immune system to help you fight disease and infection.
- The vitamin-A content of squash also helps fight infections through immune system boosting. Besides helping fight cancer and autoimmune disorders, vitamin A reduces inflammation. This helps protect against infection and diseases.
- Squash also contains Vitamin C which also helps boost the immune system. But it does not stop there as it also helps prevent the development of more serious conditions, such as pneumonia and lung infections.
- It contains calcium which helps strengthen your bones.
- It helps to lose weight due to its low-calorie content.
- It reduces fatigue and enhances physical performance.
- The potassium content of squash helps prevent cramps during PMS.
Four Ways to Eat Squash
Steamed or Boiled
You can remove the seeds and rind and slice the flesh into small chunks. Boil them with some salt until tender so it can be mashed. Add some more salt and pepper if you wish. You could also steam the pieces instead of boiling.
You cut it into chunks (leave the rind on) and cook in butter over medium heat. Add some seasoning with salt, pepper, and any other herb of your choice.
Cut the squash into individual portion sizes, coat them with olive oil and roast in the oven.
You can also peel, remove seeds, and cut into serving sizes and place on an oven tray. One teaspoon of butter, 1 teaspoon of honey or corn syrup and a sprinkle of salt to each piece will also do the trick.