By now, you’ve probably thought of many ways to avoid overindulging in Halloween sweets: give out candy you don’t like, ask your significant other to hide the kids’ treats so you don’t know where it is, etc. And the list goes on… The good news is you don’t have to go to extreme measures to set yourself up for success amid candy galore! Check out my top 3 tips to avoid being tricked by Halloween treats:
Move over butternut and spaghetti squash! It's time to give the "new kid on the block" a try - delicata squash. I first discovered this unique gourd when I was in college and have been a big fan ever since. I guess you could say it was love at first bite!
Delicata squash combines the best features of both summer squash and winter squash in that its skin has a tender, appealing texture (when cooked) with a firm flesh that tastes like sweet potatoes! This heirloom squash variety is packed with fiber (especially if you eat the tender skin), and is chock full of beta-carotene (an antioxidant that supports eye health) and vitamin C, but is relatively low in calories. When selecting a delicata squash, opt for one that is heavy for its size, is firm, and has dark green stripes (I should've selected a squash with greener stripes).
I prefer roasting my delicata squash whole in the oven on a cookie sheet at 350 degrees, but when I'm short on time, I simply add ~4" water to a glass dish and microwave the squash for 4 minutes and then rotate the squash and microwave for an additional 4 minutes, it can't get any easier!
After the squash is finished cooking, cut it in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds (you can roast the seeds for a snack, just like pumpkin seeds!). My favorite toppings include coconut oil with apple pie spice. If you get a really good one, it doesn't need any seasoning! Who knew simple eating could be so delicious?
You can find recipes online for squash bisque/soup, squash hummus, and more various recipes! This versatile squash provides a nice break from the more common winter squash varieties without sacrificing any key nutritional features.
I am a credentialed Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, Jesus lover, and I am passionate about helping people achieve a healthy, balanced body, mind, and spirit! In my spare time, I enjoy running, walking/playing with my two hound dogs, experimenting in the kitchen, spending time with God, and being with my husband and friends!