Nutz for the Butternut!

Winter squash is now in-season! My ultimate favourite is the Butternut squash.

So what are the nutritional benefits of butternut squash?…

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Butternut squash and many other members of the winter squash family are high in beta-carotene and potassium.

Beta-carotene: is converted to Vitamin A within the body. Vitamin A plays a crucial role in eye sight, immune function, healthy skin, and normal growth and development.

Potassium: Potassium is extremely important to your nervous system. Additionally, it maintains homeostasis of fluids in your blood and tissues, and controls blood pressure.

Preparation Ideas: Make some butternut squash soup for a nutrient punch, chop it up into cubes and boil it/microwave it, or grill with other veggies in a stir fry!

Make sure that when you are purchasing this type of squash its shell does not have green on it. This means it is not ripe yet.

For Additional Information visit: dietitiansofcanada.ca and eatrightontario.ca

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