Smart Fuel: Acorn Squash

Yummy winter goodness.This week’s Smart Fuel: Acorn Squash

Winter is a wonderful time to enjoy drier, more dense vegetables, seeds, nuts and squashes. This week we’re highlighting acorn squash.

Acorn squash is considered a winter squash, but it’s actually classified with zucchini and other summer squashes. No matter; it is delicious no matter what you call it. Try it baked or stuffed; you can also fry it up with onions, meats, garlic and other savory additions. One acorn squash is usually less costly than an artichoke and can either serve as a delicious light dinner for one or a versatile, hearty side dish for 2.

Acorn squash is rich in beta carotene, though not as much as other winter squashes. However, acorn squash has generous amounts of fiber, potassium, vitamin C, and magnesium. Plus, halved and hulled, acorn squash makes a perfect easy portion.

Some tasty acorn squash recipes are on the way!

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  1. First, you advise folks to avoid winter squashes if they’re trying to shed that last ten pounds, and then you tempt your readers with images of voluptuous orange acorn squashes and tasty recipes.

    BTW, did you notice in the photo that pie pumpkin who thinks he’s an acorn squash?

  2. Ha! I noticed that too, Sonagi. Poor little pumpkin just trying to fit in.

    Sorry for the temptation, but let’s face it. If your goal is to lose weight you don’t have to look far to find something you should keep your hands off of. Even foods that are by most measures wholesome and nutritious can put a weight loss program off track if not handled judiciously.

  3. If your goal is to lose weight you don’t have to look far to find something you should keep your hands off of.

    Indeed. I’m not a refined carb fan, but it is worth noting that the slimmest nationalities in the OECD are the Koreans and the Japanese, who eat either white or noodles (sometimes both!) at every meal.

  4. SO is summer squash and zucchini squash and spaghetti squash okay if you want to lose that last little bit of weight?