Butternut pumpkins or also known as Butternut Squash, are not just a delicious way to make a hearty winter soup but are also loaded with nutritional goodies that have many great health benefits and are low in calories.
Just one cup of cooked cubed butternut squash (approximately 205 grams) contains 82 calories, 0 grams of fat, 22 grams of carbohydrate (including 4 grams of sugar and 6.6 grams of dietary fiber) as well as 1.8 grams of protein.
One cup of butternut squash provides a whopping 437% percent of your vitamin A needs for the day, as well as 52% of vitamin C and 10% or more of vitamin E, thiamin, niacin, vitamin B-6, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium and manganese.
Butternut squash is an excellent source of potassium, bringing in 582 milligrams per 1 cup (cubed) – more than a banana!
So what does this all mean….
including Butternut squash in your diet could help lower blood pressure, prevent asthma, lower the risk of cancer, prevent diabetes,promote regularity, boost immune function and promote healthy looking shin and hair.
Here are a few simple ways to include it in your diet,
Steam it (this is the best way to keep all the nutrients in, keep the skin on whilst steaming and either eat the skin too or separate it once cooked)
Make a creamy soup – try this one by food.com
Turn it into a scrummy vegetarian Lasagne
Use it to make a warm roast vege salad.