Nutrition Tips

Mashed Squash

The other day I shared with you a way to prepare spaghetti squash, one of the many winter squashes. I also received a kabocha squash from my CSA, and this time I wasn’t really sure what to do with it b/c I had never made it before! It sort of looked like a pumpkin (and in fact it is commonly called a Japanese pumpkin), with a hard, orange, knobbly-looking skin. I did a quick search online and found out that it is like a cross between butternut squash, sweet potato, and pumpkin. So I decided that it would be… read more »

Simple Ways to Enjoy Strawberries

Yesterday I told you about the nutritional benefits of strawberries. To follow up, here are some of the ways I like to include my farmers market strawberries into meals (you can do the same with strawberries from the supermarket too!): Top whole grain cereal, waffles, or pancakes with fat free yogurt and chopped fresh strawberries as a substitute for butter and syrup. Make a Fresh Strawberry and Cream Cheese sandwich – perfect for the lunchbox! Spread 1 tablespoon of reduced-fat cream cheese on 2… read more »

Using Summer Squash

Yesterday I told you about the different types of summer squash and their nutritional benefits. Whether or not you have made summer squash before, I wanted to share some different ways to cook with it and use it: Grill it. Toss sliced squash with olive oil, salt, and pepper and grill until cooked and browned on both sides. Below is a picture of some summer squash I grilled for dinner one night. Grilled Summer Squash Sauté it. Heat vegetable oil in a shallow pan over a medium-hot flame. Once the oil is hot,… read more »

Summer Squash Basics

One of the most common vegetables you’ll find at the supermarket or farmers markets during the summer is summer squash. Unlike winter squash, summer squash has a higher water content and is not a starchy vegetable, making it lower in calories. There are different types of summer squash, including: Zucchini — commonly green & similar in shape to a cucumber Yellow Summer Squash — often used interchangeably with zucchini Pattypan Squash — yellow or green in color, small and round wi… read more »

How to Enjoy Sugar Snap Peas

Yesterday I told you all about sugar snap peas including how they differ from starchy green peas and their nutritional profile. With all of the nutritional benefits and the refreshing taste of this seasonal treat, I am definitely going to be enjoying sugar snap peas all summer long.  I love to munch on them raw, but here are some other simple ways to enjoy them: Add blanched sugar snap peas to a vegetable platter with baby carrots, sliced cucumbers, and cherry tomatoes and serve with hummus. Add sugar… read more »