10 HEALTH BENEFITS OF THE WINTER SQUASH

Butternut squash
MELT THE FROST

Are you tired of eating potatoes? Are you out of side-dish ideas to serve your family? Are you at the verge of giving up preparing a hearty winter meal for your guest coming over?
Well, have some little Faith (me), here is a little treat for you!
The winter butternut squash is where you begin. The nutrition and health benefits of butternut squash are plenty, and you can enjoy it—baked, boiled, or sautéed on its own, or added to stir fries and salads. It’s the perfect side dish to any entrée.
Before we delve into the recipe, let me give you some 10 amazing health benefits that the butternut squash can bring to you, your family and guests!

The Health & Skin Benefits of Butternut Squash

1. HEALTHY BONES

Have you been experiencing some leg or joint pains? Have you been struggling to go for those morning runs because your legs start aching when you run that first kilometre? The solution lies in including butternuts in your diet! The winter squash contains plenty of manganese and vitamin C. Manganese helps to maintain a healthy bone structure, calcium absorption and enzyme creation. Vitamin C is involved in the production of collagen, which is vital for building bone mass. Magnesium also contributes to the health of joints and bones. The squash contains minerals such as iron, folate, zinc and phosphorus which contributes to healthy bones and protects them against osteoporosis.

2. REDUCES PMS SYMPTOMS

Have you been suffering from excruciating cramps before or during your monthly period? Well, some people rely on the pills to subside the pain, but, how about approaching this differently. How about you try to adjust your diet, start to eat healthily or exercise more often? I believe that doing things the natural way will lead you to the perfect you. When you do so, you will experience fewer period cramps and have an immune system which is less prone to viruses (airborne). A study proved that the women who consumed high amounts of this mineral as part of their daily diet suffered fewer mood swings and cramps than others. Therefore, eating squash is a great way to increase your intake of magnesium.

Butternut squash
Butternut squash
3. ASTHMA PREVENTION

Butternuts contain high levels of Beta-carotene: an antioxidant. Studies have found that people who have a high intake of beta-carotene have a lower risk of developing asthma. This delicious orange vegetable can prevent the emergence of asthma in you or your loved ones.

4. MAINTAINS A HEALTHY SKIN

As mentioned earlier, squash is an excellent source of vitamin A. It has beta-carotene that gets converted into vitamin A within the body. Being a powerful antioxidant, vitamin A is required for maintaining proper health and integrity of the skin. The butternut squash also contains nearly half of your daily dose of vitamin C, which has been linked to healthier skin.

5. PREVENTS SKIN AGING

A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition examined links between vitamin C and skin ageing in 4,025 women aged 40-74 and found that higher intakes of the vitamin were linked to a lower likelihood of wrinkles and dryness. The squash protects your skin from the damaging effects of sun exposure and prevents dehydration. Regular consumption of squash keeps your skin hydrated. Look younger!

6. BEST FOR WEIGHT LOSS

The butternut squash is the best choice for healthy and sustainable weight loss. It is fat-free and very low in calories. A cup of yellow squash contains about 36 calories, 7 grams carbohydrates, 1-gram protein and less than 1-gram fat besides being cholesterol free. The squash has low-calorie content due to fewer carbohydrates. Thus, if you want to lose weight, you can easily replace higher calorie vegetables like potatoes and corn with yellow squash.

Butternut squash
Butternut squash
7. PREVENTS & FIGHTS CANCER

The high antioxidant content in the butternut helps in eliminating free radicals from the body. The beta-carotene present in the vegetable protects the body from pollutants and chemicals that can lead to cancer.

8. PERFECT FOR YOUR EYE HEALTH

The squash contains lutein antioxidant which plays a huge part in preventing the emergence of cataracts and macular degeneration, which often leads to blindness. If you want healthy eyes and improved eyesight, then start eating!

9. PERFECTS YOUR HEART HEALTH

Butternuts reduce the risk of heart disease as they contain negligible fat and almost no cholesterol. They also contain magnesium which has been shown to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. Magnesium along with potassium helps in reducing high blood pressure. The vitamin folate present in butternuts helps in removing an unhealthy metabolism which is responsible for heart attack and stroke. Moreover, folate lowers cholesterol levels, and this reduces the risk of atherosclerosis and heart disease.

10. FIRES UP YOUR DIGESTION

Doctors recommend that you should consume plenty of fibre-rich foods to aid the body’s digestion process. The squash contains good amounts of dietary fibre, and you can include it in your diet to facilitate bowel movements. If you have been having digestion issues such as constipation or bloating, the butternut squash can relieve those symptoms.

RECIPE TIME!
Butternut squash
Butternut squash


INGREDIENTS:
• 800 grams of butternut
• 350 ml of water
• 125 ml of full cream
• 10 grams of chia seeds
• ½ grapefruit
• ¼ teaspoon of black pepper
• Cucumbers
• Cooked beetroot
• Mint leaves

INSTRUCTIONS:
  1. Chop the butternut into cubes
  2. In a saucepan, put the butternut pieces, pepper & water, then bring to boil.
  3. Boil for 20 min.
  4. Put the boiled butternut into a food processor.
  5. Add cream, squeeze the grapefruit juice into the food processor and blend until smooth and creamy
  6. Decorate your soup with sprinkles of chia seeds, cucumbers and cooked beetroot. Enjoy!
    Prep time: 25 min
Butternut squash
Butternut squash

I would like to thank The Refillery SA for the wonderful chia seeds!

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Hello there & Welcome to the garden! First of all, i'd like to thank you for showing interest in the eden skin. You are awesome! My name is Faith and i am a health and beauty blogger. I currently reside in South Africa (Cape town) and i love every aspect of health and wellness. I am also an avid runner ( particularly 5km). To all park runners out there you rock !( you can join me for parkruns at stellenbosch root 44 strawberry farm)!In addition, i am a huge fan of the japanese culture and lifestyle. I am really inspired by their politeness and knowledge especially their advanced beauty technologies and amazing food. I created the eden skin because I am so passionate about caring for the body especially the skin as well as overall health. In this polluted world we live in , we encounter numerous challenges and stress levels every single day. These challenges to a certain extent play a huge role in how we look. Because of stress, some people get horrible skin breakouts and it is my heartfelt desire to inform people about how to care for your body, maintain healthy skin and weight and glow in any situation. On this platform, i will also be posting some lovely recipes so look forward to that. Well that pretty much sums all that i have to say about me. Thank you for your support in this journey of mine and i look forward to having a glowing future with you. P.S You can follow me on my social media accounts and don't forget to subscribe to the eden skin for latest content.

2 thoughts on “10 HEALTH BENEFITS OF THE WINTER SQUASH

  1. That sounds like an easy recipe and your reasons to try this squash are tempting. I will try this out and let you know. Thanks for sharing.

    Also, glad you stopped by and followed happiness and food. I hope to see you around. Hello from India!

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