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Spaghetti Squash

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Is Spaghetti Squash Good for You?

 

Question: I’d like to buy spaghetti squash and use it instead of pasta, but I”m not sure what to do with it. Also, I think it’s good for my diet, but I’m not sure. Can you tell me if spaghetti squash is good for a diet?

 

Answer: Spaghetti squash is a vegetable so sure, it’s good for you. Although pasta can easily fit into a healthy diet, it’s nice to have a little variety. It’s also a good way to cut calories if you regularly eat pasta dishes.

 

 

So What Is Spaghetti Squash?

For those readers who haven’t heard of it, spaghetti squash is a large, yellow variety of winter squash. But it’s not like other winter squash because after the squash is cooked, the flesh can be raked out with a fork. Cooked spaghetti squash looks like long strands of pasta and has a mild flavor, so it works well in many dishes that call for cooked pasta. Spaghetti squash can also be served as a side dish with a little salt and pepper.

 

Spaghetti squash is nutritious and low in calories. One cup of cooked squash has around 40 calories, 10 grams carbohydrates, 2 grams fiber, and is an excellent source of calcium, potassium, magnesium, and niacin. For comparison, a cup of cooked spaghetti noodles has about 200 calories. Spaghetti squash is suitable for many special diets, including:

 

Dairy free

Gluten or wheat free

Low sodium

Vegan or vegetarian

Low fat

Low carb

Choosing and Preparing Spaghetti Squash

You can find spaghetti squash in the produce department of your local grocery store.

 

Look for squash that is firm with a hard rind. It should also feel heavy for their size. Avoid squash that has mold or feels soft and squishy.

 

Store the squash in a cool dry place for up to a month. The most common way to prepare your spaghetti squash is to bake it. Here’s what you do:

 

Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

 

Slice the squash in half length-wise and place both halves on a baking sheet, cut side down.

Bake the squash about 35 minutes, or until the flesh is cooked through.

Let it cool for a few minutes, and then rake the flesh out with a fork.

If you’re in a hurry you can place your spaghetti squash halves in a microwave for about 10 minutes or so.

Top the strands with tomato sauce with plenty of veggies and you’ll have a filling meal that’s low in calories. You can use cheese sauce, Alfredo sauce or any other pasta sauce, just remember they’re higher in calories.

 

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Winter Squash

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Winter Squash

 

Winter Squash is a highly nutritious and alkaline food which

rich in phytonutrients and antioxidants. Varieties of Winter Squash include

Butternut, Acorn, Delicata, Kabocha, Kuri, Buttercup, Spaghetti, Hubbard,

Golden Nugget, and Sweet Dumpling. Each one is unique. Have some fun trying the

different varieties and finding the ones that you love most. Winter Squash is

easy to digest and is an excellent remedy for acidosis and conditions of the

stomach, spleen, liver, and blood. It is wonderfully high in Vitamins A, E, C,

B-complex, and beta carotene, iron, zinc, copper, calcium, and potassium which

are vital for a healthy and strong immune and nervous system. The carotenoids

are especially beneficial for protection against heart disease, breast cancer,

and macular degeneration. Winter Squash is also known to help reduce

inflammation which is excellent for conditions such as asthma, fibromyalgia,

and arthritis. Winter Squash is a low in calorie, fat-free food, yet it is rich

in nutrients making it an ideal choice for any weight loss or nutritional

program. Winter Squash can be eaten savory with spices such as black pepper,

curry powder, or chili pepper, or it can be sweetened with a touch of maple

syrup or honey with spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg for a delicious treat.

It’s creamy and comforting qualities can help satisfy a variety of cravings

while still properly nourishing the body and soul. Winter Squash can be

steamed, baked, roasted, mashed like potatoes, or blended into a soup. The

seeds of winter squash are also edible and can be dried or roasted similarly to

pumpkin seeds and are rich in protein, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids such

as tryptophan which helps to promote a healthy night’s sleep.

 

This may sound boring, compared to all the foods out at this time of year, but remember, it is some of the best fuel for your body.

 

Happy Holidays

 

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