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Delightful Fall Foods: Butternut Squash

The inspiration for this article definitely came from an unusual place, but like all other inspiration, I’m defitnely thankful for it. On Monday I had oral surgery. I know, ugh. Anyway, I was put on a soft foods diet since I have stitches and can’t open my mouth that wide or chew anything hard. After my initial disgust (because I’m a clean eater and don’t consume things from cans or anything processed), I saw the light! I realized that I could get something soft, minimally processed, and still beneficial to my health from none other than…Whole Foods [insert excited face]. My trip to Whole Foods resulted in the discovery of their butternut squash & crab bisque. Yes, it’s as good as it sounds.

Before Monday, I was already a squash lover. I can eat it with just about anything. But the fact that I found that yummy soup made me wonder…what else can I make using squash? And what am I doing for my health when I consume squash?

Like other members of the gourd family (which includes cucumber, melon, and pumpkin) butternut squash is technically a fruit because it has seeds. Because it contains a substantial amount of dietary fiber, it is definitely a heart-friendly choice. It provides significant amounts of potassium, important for bone health, and vitamin B6, essential for proper functioning of both the nervous and immune systems. Butternut squash may also have anti-inflammatory effects because of its high antioxidant content. All of these great benefits while maintaining a reputation for being low in calories. Sounds like a winner to me.

If you’re new to the world of squash, you can try it sauteed or steamed, and if you’re looking to try something new, mash it up into a soup or cut into slices and bake for about an hour then serve as a side dish. However you decide to serve it, Butternut squash will never disappoint when you’re looking for a great fall comfort food.

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Author:Camilla Jo

Camille "Cam" Johnese is a 22 year old native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She was a graduate of Belaire High School in 2009, and left for the military immediately after. She is currently in her fifth year serving the Army (National Guard) as an information technology specialist. Camille is a spoken word artist and former dancer. As a slam poet she was ranked one of Baton Rouge's top six individual youth poets in 2006, and has also competed on a national level. As a civilian she works as a secretary. Camille is a lover of art, books, and spirituality. As a columnist for “The Rouge Collection” she takes pride in bringing the best and latest stories of health and fitness from around the world. Camille is a brand ambassador for the innovative brand ENERGYbits and an aspiring entrepreneur. With her passion for health and fitness, and her desire to help people being her driving force, Camille intends to launch a personal brand within the next 5 years that will give people the tools and motivation to get healthy and fit, and maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. Everyday she strives to be a better person than she was the day before, and to do one more thing in an attempt to reach her goals.

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