As do other winter squashes, delicata squash contains complex carbohydrates that help keep you full and your blood sugar balanced. Much of the carbohydrate content is from polysaccharides that include pectin, which has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and insulin-regulating properties. Winter squash is also one of the richest sources of plant based anti-inflammatory nutrients such as omega 3s and beta-carotenes, important for a strong immune system. It is a great source of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids), vitamin C, B-vitamins, folate, copper, manganese, potassium, magnesium, and fiber. 

INGREDIENTS:
Basic:
Delicata squash
Extra virgin olive oil
Salt

Optional Additions and Variations:
Cinnamon
Molasses (when the cleanse is finished)
Savory spices, such as dill, tarragon, or basil
Cook with sliced pears or apples

DIRECTIONS:

Skin may be eaten, or, if desired, use a peeler to take it off

Slice the squash in half lengthwise

Spoon out the seeds (these can be saved to wash and roast at 160 degrees for 20 minutes)

Slice each half into moon-shaped pieces about 1/4 - 1/2 inch thick

Put into a bowl and toss with olive oil, salt, and any other ingredients you are using

Spread out onto a cookie sheet or glass dish

Cook in the oven on 350 degrees for 20 minutes

Source for nutritional information:  Worlds healthiest foods. (2014). www.whfoods.org, Retrieved from http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=63

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