Sometimes we really neglect a vegetable when we should be making the most of it. Squash is just one such vegetable, and we really underestimate the health benefits of squash. It is a vegetable that is easy to grow in our gardens, but we seldom make room for it. The one major benefit of squash, is that is ready to eat when we need it the most.
There is something to be said for seasonal fruits and vegetables. Squash, or winter squash as it is sometimes called, is often used for decorating but we don’t very often eat it. It is a really good all around vegetable, and will make delicious soups. Despite it is name, it is sown during the summer time but is ready to harvest during the winter or autumn. If, you are looking for a healthy winter vegetable that packs a punch, look no further than winter squash. If you see it on offer, make sure you buy lots. With its hard exterior it can be stored for months.
Winter squash for better skin
Vitamin A is vital when it comes to good skin quality. Take a look at cosmetics, and you will find that it is often added to cosmetics. All major manufacturers of cosmetics, now add it to their lines and like to point out the benefits of vitamin A. Did you know that about about a small coffee cup of squash will give you about 400% of all the vitamin A you need in a day? Make that two cups, and you will be on your way to better skin health.
Of course, it comes at the right time as well. Winter squash is ready to eat when there isn’t that much sun in the sky to nourish our skin. You can add it to a soup, or bake it in a cake. Squash is indeed very versatile, and we should all be adding it to our winter stews. With its slightly sweet taste, it makes a great addition to chicken casseroles. Try it roasted on its own, it’s delicious and makes a great companion for sweet potatoes.
Potassium and even more potassium
Potassium will give us energy, but it in larger quantities can also help us to balance our blood pressure. To get enough potassium to help you balance your blood pressure from bananas, you would have to eat a lot. But, the same cup full which gives you that vitamin A boost, can also seriously help your blood potassium levels. A cup will give you at least 550 milligrams of potassium.
Sure, it is important to cut out salt to control your blood pressure, but it is just as important to make sure you eat foods containing potassium. In that case you should certainly add winter squash to your diet. It is the perfect partner for lower blood pressure.
Better intestinal health
Vitamin C helps to boost your immune system, and so does beta carotene. Squash is packed with both, and you will find that this is one of the best winter sources for vitamin C, and beta carotene. Yes, you can opt for papaya, but this is more often than not an imported food item. Squash is often grown in the UK or the US, so both countries can benefit from homegrown vegetables rather than imported fruits.
How to add it to your diet
If you can make mashed potato, you can make mashed squash. The taste is a little bit different, but mashed squash is certainly better for you. It has more fiber than potatoes, but it isn’t a tough fiber. The fiber contained in squash is much easier to digest, and you will find that it prevents bloating. Squash is the ideal potato substitute for people who suffer with IBS or Crohn’s disease.
Squash also makes a lovely dessert. Roast your squash for about 20 minutes and top it off with some brown sugar for about another five minutes. You can even add some vanilla if you like, and it tastes great with home made ice cream.
It is about time we brought back squash into our lives and started to enjoy it. It doesn’t need a lot of space to grow, nor does it need a lot of water. Plant squash in your summer garden, and enjoy the health benefits of squash in the winter.