Potluck and The Healthy Benefits of Staying In

Pasta MealAs the cold winter months press onward, many are looking for accessible and fun ways to stay physically fit and healthy. Exercise is not the only way to stay physically fit and maintain a healthful lifestyle. A huge component of staying fit and healthy is centered on what types of food you choose to put into your body. This idea goes so far as to mean; healthy food is just as important as giving your body regular exercise. Eating healthy does not have to be a painful process.  Eating healthy can be a social and environmentally friendly experience where you as the consumer are able to support your local food economy while reaping all of the health benefits. Here are a few ways to keep the cold winter months lively, healthy, and delicious. Continue reading

Winter Squash Nutrients and Benefits

squash winterWinter Squash is a very tender vegetable with lots of different varieties in shapes and colors. Usually people prefer to cook the winter squash before eating it. The best time to pick winter squash is somewhere around October or November. The Nutrients in about 1 cup, (205 grams) of baked Winter Squash are:
- Vitamin A (Extreme Amount)
- Vitamin B1, Thiamin
- Vitamin B2, Riboflavin
- Vitamin B3, Niacin
- Vitamin B5, Pantothenic Acid
- Vitamin B6, Pyridoxine
- Vitamin B9, Folate
- Vitamin C (Good Amount)
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin K
- Potassium
- Dietary Fiber (Good Amount)
- Manganese (Good Amount)
- Copper
- Omega 3 Fatty Acids
- Omega 6 Fatty Acids
- Amino Acids
- Calories
- Protein
- Calcium
- Iron
- Magnesium
- Phosphorus
- Zinc
- Selenium
- Carbohydrates
- Natural Fats
- Natural Sugars

Also, there are very good benefits that you could get from this kind of Winter Squash:
- Helps prevent some cancers
- Reduces Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH)
- Helps Maintain Healthy urinary function
- Helps Maintain Healthy sexual function
- Support Lung Health
- Improves Eyesight
- Supports Good Vision
- Fights Viral Infections
- Protects from Viral Infections
- Reduces Chances of Night Blindness
- Moisturizes Skin
- Moisturizes Eyes
- Moisturizes Mucous
- Antioxidant Support
- Protects from Free Radicals
- Improves wound healing
- Prevents cells from damages
- Improves gums health
- Improves teeth health
- Improves Immune System
- Reduces Aging
- Improves Iron absorption
- Prevents from frequent colds
- Protects from frequent infections
- Supports strong bones
- Supports healthy bones
- Normalizes blood sugar levels
- Supports healthy thyroid gland
- Improves Nerve health
- Helps protect from nausea
- Reduces vomiting
- Reduces skin rashes
- Maintains Hair color
- Normalizes Cholesterol levels
- Helps prevent dizziness
- Helps prevent hearing loss
- Supports healthy reproduction