Anyone who has peeled or chopped a squash knows it to be a hard, dense food packed with fiber! (Pro tip: consider buying these vegetables pre-cut to save time.) Among the many health benefits of fiber is its ability to slow the absorption of other digestible carbs, which can reduce the post-meal sugar spike. People with diabetes who eat a high-fiber diet tend to experience improved blood sugar levels.
Squash is also rich in healing antioxidants and Vitamin A — which can improve insulin production — and Vitamin C, which has been shown to reduce blood glucose in people with type 2 diabetes. Healthy winter squash recipes are great additions to a vegetarian diet that bring crucial vitamins and minerals to your dinner plate.
With just three ingredients and a bit of salt and pepper, this healthy winter squash recipe lets the delicious side dish speak for itself. If you end up with leftovers, blending with some hot chicken stock can take this recipe from vegetarian side dish to the star of the plate: squash soup!