Butternut Squash is one of my favorite foods because of its health benefits, its sweet & nutty taste, and its versatility in the kitchen. I include it in my breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and even dessert sometimes!
I also love the history of this veggie. How cool that squash is among the oldest known crops, dating back 10,000 years to Mexico and Central America. The name squash comes from the Native American word askutasquash, which means uncooked or eaten raw.
Even cooler are the myriad health benefits of butternut squash. What this veggie can do for you is pretty impressive. To start with, it’s a great hydrator. One serving of butternut squash is roughly 87% water, which can help keep you hydrated.
These are some other health benefits from WebMD’s website:
Butternut squash is good for your immunity. Like other orange-colored fruits and vegetables, butternut squash is full of beta-carotene and alpha-carotene. Your body converts them to vitamin A, which is important for your immune system.
It’s excellent for your eyes. Butternut squash has lutein and zeaxanthin, often found in yellow fruits and vegetables as well as eggs. Along with beta-carotene and vitamin A, these protect your eyes from ultraviolet rays.
Keep in mind that your body needs a bit of healthy fat to best absorb these eye-benefitting nutrients, so consider eating butternut squash with a little drizzle of olive oil.
It’s a good source of fiber. Foods high in dietary fiber can help keep your weight in balance and lower your cancer risk. Research shows that butternut squash can help reduce your risk of colorectal cancer, in particular.
It can help your blood pressure. Butternut squash is high in potassium, which can help keep your blood pressure in check. Managing your blood pressure can reduce your risk for stroke and heart disease.
Its fiber helps with blood sugar. Butternut squash contains a type of fiber that’s not digestible. If you have diabetes, it can help keep your blood sugar from rising after eating. Butternut squash also has a low glycemic index, which means that its carbs are digested more slowly. This also helps keep blood sugar from rising.
As a Reiki healer, I love simple, organic ways that we can balance our chakras simply by eating a more intentional diet. In this article I wrote for MindBodyGreen, I highlight how certain foods are thought to nourish certain chakras.
So how does butternut squash help here?
Check it out—orange foods are the go-to for balancing the sacral chakra. Choosing foods that are in alignment with the sacral is an easy way to help both your physical body and your energetic body do the work.
Sweet potato, pumpkin, and butternut squash are on the list of delish veggies that can help you nourish this second shakra, which is all about creativity, sexual energy, and relating to our emotions and the emotions of others.
So let’s get down to cooking. This stuffed butternut squash recipe is absolutely delicious. The earthy, sweet squash adds richness to the dish while the bright pomegranate seeds and toasted pine nuts add a whole other dimension of color and crunch!
It definitely is more time-consuming than some other recipes out there, but worth every minute! I recommend making this the next time you have friends or family over – they will be so impressed with the aesthetic and taste of the dish.Print