This is the last week that we’ll be focusing on a seasonal fruit or vegetable. Don’t worry, there are many fun, delicious, and nutritious things in store!
To end this fun series, we’re entering the world of winter squash by learning about spaghetti squash! Can you guess why this squash is called spaghetti squash? It got the name because, when its cooked the inside becomes stringy like spaghetti.
It’s still a little bit early for spaghetti squash to be harvested. Winter squash is in season in the fall and winter. Keep an eye out for spaghetti squash at a local farmers market or at the grocery store.
When picking out a spaghetti squash, look for one that is heavy and doesn’t have any soft spots or cracks. 👍
Spaghetti squash will make your body happy because its tasty and nutritious! Below are some of the nutrients in spaghetti squash:
Fiber: helps with good digestion and regulating blood sugar
Vitamin C: boosts the immune system
B Vitamins: needed for the conversion of food into energy
Manganese: also needed for converting food to energy and for healthy bones
Squash your hunger with spaghetti squash! This squash is usually eaten cooked, click here to watch a short video on how to cook spaghetti squash. Here are some ideas on how to eat cooked spaghetti squash:
- Top the squash with spaghetti sauce for spaghetti squash spaghetti!
- Top it with any sauce that sounds good to you
- Simply season it with your favorite spices
- Sprinkle some cheese on it while its hot
- Mix it with some roasted vegetables
This video will make your mouth water by showing 4 creative ways to use spaghetti squash!
As mentioned, spaghetti squash is a type of winter squash. Other common types of winter squash include:
Butternut: this squash has a light tan color and is pear-shaped – it has a light, sweet flavor
Acorn: this squash has green and orange skin – it has a mild nutty flavor.
Pumpkin: everyone’s favorite squash to carve. Click here for a whole blog post about pumpkin.
Information came from medlineplus.gov, produceforkids.com, verywellfit.com