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Butternut and Acorn Squash

Butternut and Acorn Squash

Cool Weather Vegetables

Both butternut and acorn squash are cool weather vegetables that deserve a prominent place at your table.

Butternut squash provides one and a half times your daily recommended amount of vitamin A and nearly half of vitamin C.

Acorn squash supplies nine grams of fiber and nearly one-fifth of your daily potassium.

The calories in winter squashes are similar, but butternut squash is much higher in vitamin A than either spaghetti or acorn squash. Because of its dark orange color, butternut squash is one of the best sources of beta carotene, a precursor to vitamin A. It also contains vitamins C, E and B vitamins.

Nutrients: Acorn Squash

Acorn Squash

1-cup cubed and cooked:

Buying Squash

Go for smaller zucchini and squash - they are often tastier than the big ones, which can become woody and flavorless.

Acorn Squash with Apples Recipe Card

Acorn Squash with Apples Recipe Card

Nutrients: Butternut Squash

Butternut Squash

1 cup, cubed and cooked:

Low in Sodium.

All squash is low in sodium. When baked without salt, one cup of squash supplies only 8 milligrams of sodium. Adding one quarter teaspoon of salt would add approximately 575 milligrams of sodium. Seasonings that go very nicely with summer squash include cloves, curry powder, marjoram, nutmeg, rosemary and sage. For winter squash, try cinnamon, garlic, nutmeg or onion.

Food Fix

Add butternut squash to your diet to help fight off colds and flu. Butternut squash is packed with vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E - all critical to maintaining a strong immune system. It also provides potassium, magnesium, fiber and more.

Sauteed Squash

Saute thinly sliced squash in extra virgin olive oil until tender. Toss with fresh mint and crumbled feta. Serve on toast topped with a poached egg.

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