Why Winter Squash Will Be Great on Your PlateJoin us in welcoming the winter months with healthy and hearty helpings of winter squash.  From roasted squash side dishes to warm squash soups, we cannot get enough of winter squash. The experts at Florida-based Weight Success Centers suggest adding an array of nutrient-rich and delicious squash to your diet this season.

Benefits of Nutritious Squash Varieties

With a thick exterior shell protecting its delicious interior, winter squash packs nutrients.  The edible flesh of winter squash varieties can provide potassium, fiber, plus vitamins A, B, C, and K.  These minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants make squash a nutritious choice for immunity, digestion, heart health, and healthy skin.

Some winter squash varieties include acorn, butternut, spaghetti, and turban.  In Florida, we also enjoy Seminole squash or Seminole pumpkin, an heirloom variety that is like butternut squash but a bit sweeter. If you are looking for a tasty and nutritious side dish, then Seminole squash is a great choice.

Of course, we must also honor the sweetest squash. Sugar pumpkins, also known as pie pumpkins, are sweeter, smaller versions of those large, fiber-rich pumpkins carved on Halloween.  Sugar pumpkins offer scrumptious nutrients for puddings and warm pies this winter.

Adding Squash to Your Winter Diet

Visit your local market to browse an array of squash with different gourd shapes and vibrant colors. Various types of winter squash may be substituted for one another in most squash recipes.

One of the best ways to enjoy squash is roasting it.  For butternut squash, simply cut off the hard rind, then slice the orange flesh into cubes.  Place cubes in a mixing bowl, add a light drizzle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, sprinkle on salt and pepper, and toss to coat the cubes.  Next, arrange cubes on a flat baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes (until squash is tender). This makes a terrific side dish, but you can also puree the roasted squash cubes for making dips or spreads.

At Weight Success Centers, we also suggest adding roasted and pureed squash to your favorite soup recipes.  January is National Soup Month, which is a perfect time to transform a boring bowl of broth into a nutritious boost of goodness.   No matter how you serve squash, diners will be delighted.

If you would like additional nutrition tips about adding winter squash and other healthy foods to your diet plan, contact the experts and physicians at Weight Success Centers.

Do you have any winter squash recipes to share? Join the conversation on Weight Success Centers’ social media sites and find more great tips from others to share with your friends and families.

Do you have any winter squash recipes to share? Join the conversation on Weight Success Centers’ social media sites and find more great tips from others to share with your friends and families.

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