This time of year, you’ll find plenty of squash varieties to choose from, but spaghetti squash should be at the top of your shopping list!
With the start of a new year, we’re guessing a lot of you are planning to eat healthier and lose weight in 2014. Lucky you, foods like the spaghetti squash are out there to help you with those very goals!
- It’s low in calories! With only about 42 calories per serving (about a cup), this vegetable is a great swap for higher calorie ingredients.
- It’s gluten free! Duh, right? Well, because of its texture, it makes a great swap for ACTUAL spaghetti, and that way, you can go without the gluten and get a FRACTION of the calories!
- Did we mention it’s a good source of fiber? Though it doesn’t have as much fiber as say, sweet potatoes, it’s a good source that won’t overwhelm your system if you’re not used to getting your recommended daily value.
- Plus, it has a variety of other vitamins and minerals like potassium, vitamin C, beta carotene, and a number of others to support your overall health.
Nutrition Data: Spaghetti Squash: http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2655/2
New Health Guide: Spaghetti Squash Nutrition: http://www.newhealthguide.org/Spaghetti-Squash-Nutrition.html
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How To Work It Into Your Meals
Spaghetti squash is pretty versatile. You can use it as you do other squash, combining it with other vegetables for a bake or casserole. You can serve it with your eggs, treating it like hash browns. You can, as we mentioned, substitute it for pasta, whether that’s spaghetti and meatballs, serving it with a bowl of chili, using it as the base for a pasta bake, or however you like. Use it in a side dish, a garnish, or the main dish.
We found 25 ways to incorporate spaghetti squash into your meals! Check them out over at Babble.com: 25 Spaghetti Squash Recipes [Slideshow]