Spaghetti Squash: Tasty & Good For You

Overhead view of Spaghetti squash on a wooden background with squash seedsSpaghetti squash is a type of winter squash that separates into long pasta-like strands as it is cooked. The flesh is mildly sweet to nutty in flavor and finely grained in texture.

In general, this squash provides abundant phytonutrients that promote health. It contains beta-carotene, Vitamin A, and Vitamin C, which provide anti-inflammatory benefits and support the immune system. Other key nutrients include vitamin B6, dietary fiber, folate, magnesium, copper, and potassium. The combination of these nutrients make this food an excellent part of a heart-healthy diet. These nutrients are also known for their role in cancer prevention and management of blood sugar levels.

All winter squash share a few common characteristics:  The outer rinds are hard and difficult to pierce, enabling them to have long storage periods, from one week and six months. Squash is at peak season from October to November. Choose a squash that is firm, heavy for its size and has a dull, not glossy, rind. Soft rinds may indicate that the squash is watery and lacking in flavor. Some tasty yet simple ways to prepare spaghetti squash include:

  • Top with pasta sauce and Mediterranean herbs
  • Prepare with eggs, onions and spinach for a savory breakfast
  • Combine with tomatoes, avocado, cumin and cilantro for a latin flavor
  • Toss with sesame seed oil, water chestnuts, carrots and bok choy for an oriental flavor

Try our Mediterranean Squash Recipe

 

Resources

World’s Healthiest Foods     Squash, Winter.

TheScienceofEating.com    Benefits of Spaghetti Squash.