Another butternut squash recipe? Yup. Lately I have been getting one a week in my organic bin, so I need to find creative ways to use it. Made with butternut squash, pumpkin seeds, lentils and ginger, this hearty dip is a nutrition powerhouse, best served warm.
As a reminder, butternut squash is loaded with vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium and manganese. It also has a ton of beta carotene, an antioxidant that helps ward off diseases while supporting a healthy immune system and glowing skin. By weight, pumpkin seeds contain more iron than liver, are rich in omega-3s, and are a good source of protein, making them great for vegan and vegetarian diets. And lentils have a wide spectrum of essential amino acids and are a good protein source. They’re rich in folic acid, iron, phosphorus, and copper. Continue reading “Snack Today: Butternut Squash Lentil Dip”
A healthy body goes through a daily process of cleansing as well as rebuilding. And interestingly enough, if we look at the foods that we harvest in the autumn months, we find a balance between these two aspects (cleansing and rebuilding). We have veggies and fruits ready this time of year that are amazing detoxifiers, as well as those that provide wonderful nourishment and that are cancer-preventative.
So, by using the foods we naturally find available to us in the autumn months, we can take part in a cleanse that will be optimally supportive of the body.
My nutrition training spans Eastern-Western philosophies and traditions. I enjoy drawing on wisdom found in other medical approaches that can often offer very appropriate answers to questions we may not readily be able to address using just the Western model of health and disease.
Why do we get more colds and sinus infections this time of year? Continue reading “Is Autumn a Good Time to Cleanse?”