Happy October! Harvest time is upon us and one of the most exciting seasonal delights is becoming steadfastly ubiquitous at farmers markets’ all over the country: winter squash.As the mercury drops, we move away from zucchini and thinner summer squashes to heartier varieties of acorn, butternut, and spaghetti. Eating seasonally often means eating locally, as the colors of these vegetables match the changing colors of the leaves.
What are the benefits to eating winter squash? First, squash is full of fiber which promotes a healthy digestive system and keeps you fuller for longer. Butternut squash in particular is full of carotenoids, which helps in the prevention of heart disease. Eating one cup of butternut squash is half your dose of vitamin C for the day and will give your immune system a nice boost. The beta-carotene in butternut squash in particular can ease dry winter skin. Winter squash contains many antioxidant compounds, reducing inflammation in the body.