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Squashin’ My Sweet Cravings

Posted Nov 07 2011 7:00am

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.

Ingredients:

  • 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)

 

Directions:

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.

5) Enjoy and share with your friends and family!

 

Nutrition Facts per Serving (1 serving = 8 oz, 1/2 bag):

Calories: 161.5g

Fat: 6.975g

Carbs: 26.515g

Sugar: 4.99g

Protein: 2.27g

 

Have a wonderful Monday!

~ Lara

be FIT. be HEALTHY. be EMPOWERED.

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