Health Notes

Just in time for your Thanksgiving table, one of the best food fighters against cold and flu. Winter squash is one of the richest sources of plant-based anti-inflammatory nutrients such as omega 3s and beta-carotene, important for a strong immune system.

The huge timesaver in this recipe is using frozen winter squash, which is surprisingly delicious. (Of course FRESH is always great, too!) This makes a great fall side dish. If you don’t like squash, you could substitute sweet potatoes for it in this recipe. Both are also rich in Vitamin A.

Winter Squash with Oat and Walnut Crumble Topping

Ingredients

  • 2 (12-ounce) packages frozen mashed winter squash, thawed
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon

Crumble Topping

  • ¼ cup walnuts, chopped
  • ¼ cup oats
  • 1 tablespoon trans-fat free margarine, diced
  • 2 tablespoons Splenda Brown Sugar

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Q. It seems like I’m eternally trying to lose weight and have been yo-yo dieting for as long as I can remember. I know I’m not alone… my entire family is overweight. While I know I have a good appetite, is obesity hereditary?

A. You’ve asked a very complex question, with a lot of unknowns. I recently did a video to address this very question… take a look:

 
 
 

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