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Winter Squash for Beginners

Move over kale, winter squash is becoming the biggest produce fad of the season. Winter squash is known for its rich color and bursting flavors which will be a great staple to your autumn diet.  Little did you know that squash can actually be a great replacement for many high calorie ingredients. Read the article below on What the Health’s favorite squashes to find out how they can help you cut calories and survive the winter by keeping your skin radiant during the dry weather.

 

Carb-Free Spaghetti (Spaghetti Squash)

You wouldn’t believe how close this tastes to regular spaghetti pasta once you’ve tried it. To make it, start with cutting the squash in half and remove the seeds, then preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.  Place the squash in a baking dish and cover with aluminum foil. Roast for 20 minutes.  Then, uncover and continue baking for another 35 minutes.  Once the squash feels tender, use a fork to scrape out the strands of spaghetti. Heat up your favorite tomato sauce and add to your spaghetti squash and you’re all set for a Carb-Free Spaghetti dish! Check out even more benefits of this meal here.

 

Squash Salad (Almost any kind of winter squash)

Instead of using a thick and high calorie dressing, opt for just adding boiled squash (our favorite is acorn squash), a little bit of olive oil, and some spices for a creamy texture to your salad. The longer you heat your squash the softer it is!

 

Vegan Mac & Cheese (Butternut Squash)

So you’ve always wanted mac & cheese without all that heavy cream, butter, and cheese?  Butternut squash is so rich in flavor and creamy in texture that it can actually help replace all those unhealthy ingredients. Angela Liddon, the blogger behind her website ohsheglows.com, shows how you can make a totally healthy version to your favorite dish.  Click here for the complete recipe.

 

The best part about these squashes is that they’re perfect for the winter because they contain vitamins that give you healthier looking hair and skin while also helping you build a stronger immune system for the cold Syracuse weather. Butternut squash and acorn squash both contain significantly quantity of high vitamin A, which helps repair skin and produce sebum necessary to keep hair moisturized. Vitamin A also ensures that the skin looks young and helps eliminate blemishes and scars. The three squashes are also great for dealing with colds and boosting the immune system because they’re high in vitamin C. Overall, why wouldn’t you want to try some?

 

By Allison Leung

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