Honestly, I could have devoured something gooey and warm, like this monkey bread…
Instead, I went on a 5 mile run (yes, this weekend was my first time back in my running shoes!) and turned to a healthier treat. Earlier in the week I bought the pre-cut Butternut Squash at Trader Joe’s (yes, I was being lazy and didn’t want to have to deal with the extra step of cutting the butternut squash) and decided it was time I baked something sweet and healthy.
Health Benefits: Butternut squash is high in manganese, Vitamin C, carotenoid antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory omega-3s.
Health Tip #1: If you find yourself craving something sweet this fall, try choosing from the many sweet fall vegetables instead of giving into a processed, sugary sweet.
Health Tip #2: If you’re craving something sweet, start drinking a lot of water. Sometimes our sweet cravings are just indications of dehydration. I started out craving something sweet, but by the time I drank a bottle of water after my run I realized my sweet cravings weren’t too strong after all. So instead of baking my butternut squash cubes with cinnamon sprinkled on top, I sprinkled half the bunch with sea salt and the other half with pepper.
1 bag (16oz) of Trader Joe’s pre-cut butternut squash
1 tablespoon of olive oil
salt, pepper and any other seasoning desired (cinnamon if you want something sweet)
1) Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
2) Either spread the squash over a baking sheet and pour the olive oil as evenly as possible over the squash OR toss the squash and oil in a bowl until the cubes are coated.
3) Sprinkle the desired seasoning over your olive oil-covered squash. I seasoned half with sea salt and half with pepper.
4) Bake the squash until soft and lightly brown around the edges–about 45 minutes.