My motto in life is “lots of vegetables!”. Vegetables are the cornerstone of the Mediterranean Style Diet. I want lots of vegetables but I also want quick and easy.
This recipe is super easy!
You can use butternut as a side dish, as a main feature for lunch. Or as a stepping stone to another meal. (E.g. turn it into an easy soup or in a risotto.) Having cooked vegetables to hand is always super useful when you want to create a quick meal.
I always cook with extra virgin olive oil after chatting to Professor Miguel Angel Martinez who told me all about the health benefits of olive oil.
Podcast: Health Benefits of Olive Oil.
I told you it was easy didn’t I??
You can eat it hot or cold. I love it cold for lunch.
They’re full of amazing nutrients and antioxidants. Ever heard the saying “eat a rainbow”? Eating lots of different coloured vegetables means we eat lots of “phytonutrients”.
Vegetables are full of fibre which has been shown to be good for us.
Podcast: How to Eat 30g of Fibre a Day.
One reason why fibre is good for us is that it helps nourish the “good guys” in our biome. (That mass of bugs and bacteria in our guts.)
Some people claim that butternut squash is a superfood. My line is that all vegetables are superfoods!
Like most vegetables butternut squash is high in fibre and vitamins and minerals. Especially beta carotene (that gives it the orange colour) and vitamin C.
Related: Is Butternut Squash Good for You?
Related: What is Beta Carotene?
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Dr Orlena is a health coach. She helps busy mums go from "I can't lose weight" to feeling fit and fabulous. Find out more about her here.