Ingredient 101: Butternut Squash

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When it comes to healthy ingredients, we can’t say enough good things about butternut squash. Though it’s bizarre shape confused us at first, once we found a great recipe to use for this squash we were hooked. Peel it, chop it up into cubes, and mix it in with some olive oil, onions, and chicken stock, and voila! You’ve got yourself a hearty and healthy soup. Here are a few reasons why butternut squash is so great for you:

1. It’s filled with beta-carotene which turns into vitamin A (helps heal your skin, protects your eyes, and decreases UV sensitivity).

2. It is important for bone health and it helps your nervous and immune systems function properly because of the potassium and vitamin B6.

3. If you want healthy hair follicles and a hydrated scalp, butternut squash does just that because of the vitamin E, iron, and omega-3s.

4. Don’t toss the butternut squash seeds! They are an amazing source of tryptophan and dietary fiber. Roast them for a nutritious snack.

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