Stuffed butternut squash ensures you are getting plenty of beta-carotene. It can be roasted from start to finish in under an hour; the aim of this site is what we call slow food, made fast. The filling adds a nutty flavour; using an apple, almonds and spinach makes this into a very wholesome and balanced dish.
You could in fact use any squash and another green like kale instead of spinach; better still a mixture of the two.
Stuffed butternut squash is an easy way to roast these beauties. By adding the nutritional virtues of other items like the spinach or kale, the almonds and the feta cheese it is now a delicious whole meal, with plenty of protein, unrefined carbohydrate and healthy fatty acids.
The very special phytochemicals like beta-carotenes and lutein, the folate and a host of minerals turns this into a very appetising, non-fattening meal that will do little to raise your blood glucose. If concerned, take a ten minute walk so the sugars would be turned into glycogen instead of disturbing your insulin output.
Type 2 diabetes is a pernicious disease caused primarily by obesity. Perhaps your BMI is around 30 or God forbid higher, and you are concerned about starches, and rightly so. Butternut has a low glycemic index of 51 according to Livestrong, perhaps a touch higher because it has been roasted, but lowered by the added protein and healthy fats.
Intrinsically butternut and all squash are a very nutritious and beneficial vegetables for everybody; the high fibre content alone that helps keep us regular makes it a star.
If you are overweight, simply have a smaller portion to limit the glycemic load. Avoid foods like this stuffed butternut squash at your peril.
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