With it’s sweet and nutty flavour, butternut squash is generally a favorite among the winter squashes. It has a low glycemic index and is great for people living with diabetes. It’s also a great source of fibre, which many people are lacking. One serving has over 100% of the RDA of Vitamin A, which is important for eye health, the skin and the immune system. It also contains 40% of the RDA for Vitamin C, which we’re all trying to make sure we get lots of nowadays to help keep our immune system strong and healthy. Butternut squash is also a good source of magnesium, potassium, calcium, vitamin E, thiamin, niacin, vitamin B-6, folate, pantothenic acid, and manganese. (Butternut Squash nutritional information sourced from 1 and 2 ).
You likely know the familiar expression, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” While this may not be 100% accurate, it highlights that apples are a great source of nutrition, as are most fruits! As mentioned, apples are lower in sugar and carbohydrate than many fruits, which is another thing that makes them a great choice. They also have a high water content which helps with hydration. Apples have lots of fibre, both soluble and insoluble. They also contain pectin, a type of fiber that acts as a prebiotic which feeds the good bacteria in your gut. Apples also contain a good amount and a variety of different vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, which help to help neutralize damaging free radicals in our bodies. Unfortunately, in this recipe, we do remove the skin of the apples, so there will be a loss of some nutrients. (Apple nutritional information sourced from 3 and 4 )
Herbamare vegetable broth
In a previous blog, we shared about our love for Herbamare, an organic seasoning salt we use extensively! In this recipe we use the Herbamare Vegetable bouillon cubes. We’re sure to avoid most commonly used bouillon cubes as they contain Monosodium Glutamate (MSG). We’ve tried many of the boulions found in health food stores and this is the one we like the most! We buy it at Healthy Planet in Milton or sometimes on Well.ca .