Seasonal foods for weight loss


The best weight loss programs educate you about various factor that affect what you see on the scale. Seasonal foods should be one of them.

That’s why you will receive from time to time ideas about what you can do with seasonal foods to keep your diet interesting. But the emphasis here is on “what is in season.” Fall is here and the hard-shell squash season has just  begun.

Today, I highlight butternut squash. Butternut squashes are high in the carotenoids lutein and zanxanthin, which are an important ingredient for preventing degenerative macular disease. And, they are high in vitamin A ad E as well.  One cup of butternut squash has only 82 calories.

But what to do with this knobby gourd?

Below, find three ideas to use the squash and make it taste full without a hours of preparation time:

Butternut Squash Chicken Ginger Curry Stew

1 small butternut squash
1/2 chicken breast
1 tsp of curry powder
1 tsp of ground ginger (fresh if possible)
1 pinch of sea salt
2 tsp extra virgin olive oil

Wash the squash. Cut in half and clean out the seeds. Chop into large equal size pieces. Do the same thing with the chicken. Pour 2 tsp of oil into a glass dish. Add the squash and chicken. Sprinkle with the curry, ginger and sea salt and mix well. Place dish in the oven for 40 min at 400 degrees F.. Don’t forget to stir from time to time. Enjoy.

Butternut Squash Soup

1 large butternut squash
1 quart  chicken or vegetable stock
1 medium size onion
1 tsp sea salt

Chop the onion into small quarters and sauté till golden in olive oil. Clean, peel and remove seeds from the squash before cutting into smaller chunks. Add the squash to the onions and cover with stock. Cook for about 20 minutes till the squash is soft. Puree  in batches with a blender. Pour back into pot and gently re-heat. Add nutmeg to your liking and if you like, 1 cup heavy cream. Serve with some toasted pumpkin seeds on top.

Spinach Squash Salad

1 small butternut squash
1 cup dried cranberries
½ cup chopped walnuts
4 cups washed spinach
2 tsp olive oil
1 pinch of sea salt

Clean the squash and cut into medium sized pieces and place in a baking dish. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and bake the squash till soft, about  40 minutes. Add the dried cranberries, stirring in during  the last five minutes. Remove from oven and let cool. In a  large bowl, mix the spinach with the cranberry butternut squash. Sprinkle in walnuts and season with olive oil and sea salt, tossing well.. This is a  great way to eat leftover butternut squash as well.

If you have any other ideas about what to do with butternut squash, leave a comment below for others to try out.

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I love squash of any kind, my favorite is the Butternut cleaned and cooked with butter. Your recipe for the chicken, squash and curry really sound good also. I will be trying it as soon as I can get to the store.
Thank you for the free recipes.


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This is such a great post, thanks for the great info. and I am so excited to read more

Nickie Chamorro
December 1st, 2010 at

I have been absent for a while, but now I remember why I used to love this blog. Thank you, I’ll try and check back more often.

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