Health Tips with Karla Heintz (BSc), Nutrition Educator
Winter squash is richly in supply. Not only are they financially feasible, but a great investment into your body’s overall health. This includes: butternut squash (which looks like an inflamed pear), acorn squash (with a green skin), spaghetti squash (which is yellow), and the well-known hollowed out lanterns called pumpkins.
All of these are jam-packed with carotenoids, which have protective effects against many forms of cancer. The richer the color of squash, the more carotenoids it contains. Interestingly, many people love pumpkin seeds, as they are known to be a good source of zinc. However, if you want to maximize the zinc content – eat the shell too. When you roast the seeds, roast them still inside the shell as it is in the endosperm envelope directly beneath the shell that a high concentration of zinc exists.
Some fun unique ways to add winter squash into your menu:
Karla Heintz (BSc) Nutrition Educator and Author of
‘Picky! Not Me Mom! A parents’ guide to children’s nutrition.