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EXOTEC
Posts: 2,571
3/12/12 11:14 P

On my dietary plan, the butter is de rigueur! Lots of butter. The sugar and salt, not so much. Even though it doesn't have the same flavor as brown sugar, you could add a bit of Splenda™. Pie spice is a great addition - and is flavorful enough that you may not miss the sweetness. Go easy on the salt, or if you need it on the squash, limit it elsewhere. I've learned to love roasted squash. The roasting brings out its own sweetness - like caramelizing. And when you cube it or cut it like french fries you can portion out smaller amounts. Give it a try.



TONYVAND1
Posts: 7,496
3/12/12 6:49 P

I like them both and eat them regularly within limits



MOMCHEERS
Posts: 642
3/12/12 4:19 P

so my question... since so many of you "love" squash.... so do I... but I LOVE it fried in butter with lots of salt.... or baked with brown sugar and butter....

Please, oh please.... I need a healthier way!



ILOST150POUNDS
Posts: 1,662
3/12/12 3:25 P

I guess I'm in the minority here because I don't limit or count carbs. I do eat quality carbs and not a lot of white flour/pasta/sugar. I love both squash and potatoes!





REDSHOES2011
SparkPoints: (35,936)
Fitness Minutes: (66,181)
Posts: 7,159
3/12/12 2:46 P

Butternut is fiber vegetable- pototoes are starch vegetables and should be limited..
nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-an
d-vegetable-products/2648/2
82 calories for squash for 200 grams
caloriecount.about.com/calories-potatoes-w
hite-flesh-skin-baked-i11357
163 calories for a medium potato..

I bake oven french fries from butternut and hokkaido pumpkin
100 g of Hokkaido pumpkin: 37 calories, 0.23 g fat, 8.8 g carbohydrate, 1.6 g dietary fiber, 7.2 net carbs, 8.8 g protein.

Bake root and vine vegetables they cost least in calories then starch veggies in general..

Edited by: REDSHOES2011 at: 3/12/2012 (14:47)


LULU8278
Posts: 313
3/12/12 10:18 A

I'll eat either, because I love them both. I can make a meal out of a twice baked potato (stuffed with LF or FF cottage cheese, some seasonings and sprinkled with a touch of Parm on top). I love roasting butternut squash with other veggies, or eating it alone. Both are nutritious and healthy in my book.



KAUDREY318
SparkPoints: (5,666)
Fitness Minutes: (17,393)
Posts: 252
3/12/12 8:41 A

I love it too. I make butternut squash soup all the time in the winter. It's low fat and delicious! Roast the squash, mash/puree it, add chicken stock, throw in an onion, some garlic, and a little ginger, and voila! A tasty, healthy meal.



EXOTEC
Posts: 2,571
3/11/12 8:43 P

I LOVE butternut squash! I'm pretty fond of all the winter squashes, in fact. They are full of carbs ... but if I'm tempted to step off my intended nutritional plan occasionally, it will always be squash rather than potatoes. Another favorite is delicata squash ... but the season seems really short and they can be hard to find. You can get butternut as a side dish in the frozen section, too. I can't remember who makes it, but I've had it several times and it's good. I've even taken that pureed squash and added a little cream to it and made a soup. It was delish. I like squash cubed or cut like french fries and roasted too.

I agree with others: I don't do it often, but it is a better choice (IMO) than potatoes, and it seems to me it's more flavorful too.



GOPINTOS
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Posts: 6,251
3/10/12 9:31 P

I like to buy them in season, and stock up. They store really well. For months and months and months in a cool dark place. Butternut squash soup is nice to start a meal but I dont know the count but I have seen recipes to healthier it up.



XFITSTRONG
Posts: 606
3/10/12 7:51 P

Thanks for the info!!!! Looks the butternut squash is the better choice. But I still should limit it to 3-4 times a week and not every meal, lol.....



MYRAL85
Posts: 260
3/10/12 11:48 A

Butternut squash -- YUM!



MOTHERBOARDER
Posts: 4,744
3/10/12 10:26 A

either



1CRAZYDOG
Posts: 37,139
3/10/12 8:38 A

SUNSHINE: I don't make potatoes @ home and basically have the baked potato as a treat if we eat out. Otherwise, I'm with you . . . I am a low GI eater and prefer my carbs to be the more complex carbs. Better for my diabetes for sure.





SUNSHINESKYWAY
Posts: 545
3/10/12 8:03 A

Squash is what I would choose. I cut out Potatoes since eating less starchy veggies.



1CRAZYDOG
Posts: 37,139
3/9/12 9:11 P

LOVE squash. Used to be a "baked potato" person, but squash seems like a better choice. I DO enjoy a moderate portion of baked potato once in awhile, but it does tend to make my blood glucose spike, where as the squash doesn't.



JUSTBIRDY
SparkPoints: (72,518)
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Posts: 9,840
3/9/12 9:02 P

Some people need to limit the amount. Fortunately, I am not one of them. I eat it just fine every day in the winter.



AILEBBELIA
SparkPoints: (13,410)
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Posts: 3,171
3/9/12 3:51 P

Hi,

You can go to the Self Nutrition Data website to compare food items side by side.

nutritiondata.self.com/tools/compare/compa
rison-analysis
Just click on the bottom blue link that says "View Complete Analysis"

I eat squash everyday because I buy it frozen too! I either add it with my other mixed veggies for breakfast or dinner.

Edited by: AILEBBELIA at: 3/9/2012 (15:52)


JUSTDOIT011
Posts: 1,377
3/9/12 3:50 P

Carbs are great-- they are your body's main source of fuel, and it's the only source of fuel your brain uses. SP suggests your diet be comprised of 20% protein, 30% fat, and 50% carbohydrates...and some recommendations elsewhere are up to 60% carbs, so I think as long as you're staying within the recommended carbohydrate range, and getting that 25-30g of fiber a day, you're doing just fine!

Out of curiousity, I looked on SP, and found that 1 cup baked potato has:

113.5 calories
0.1 g fat
26.3 g carb
1.8 g fiber
2.4 g protein
as well as 477 mg potassium (awesome!), 18.4% Vit B12, 26% Vit C, as well as over 8% of lots of other vitamins and minerals.

In contrast, 1 cup of cubed butternut squash has:

82 calories
0.2 g fat
21.5 g carb
6.0 g fiber
1.8 g protein
as well as 582 mg potassium (awesome!), 287% vitamin A (!!), 51.6% vitamin C, and a myriad of other vitamins and minerals.

So personally, if I were to choose between a cup of baked potato, or a cup of butternut squash, I'd go with the butternut squash 75% of the time. It has less calories, more fiber, lots of vitamin A & C, and a lot of potassium.




XFITSTRONG
Posts: 606
3/9/12 2:49 P

I LOVE potatoes---- all kinds: sweet, regular, red, etc....., but I limit myself on them because for some reason I feel that's what you are supposed to do???? Is it the starch? Carbs? Calories? I don't know.... But I only eat them once or twice a week.

Well, I recently discovered fresh butternut squash pre-cut and cubed sold in packages. OMG, this is a fantastic potato substitute! I mean it tastes even better than potatoes....

So my question is.... Is butternut squash one of those vegetables that you don't have to worry about how much of it you consume? Can I eat it every day? I think it's lower in calories than the potato, but is it just as starchy and full of carbs as potatoes???? Should it be limited?



 
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