Did you know women are supposed to have 7 servings of fruits and vegetables a day? Men are supposed to get 9 servings a day, but most Americans are lucky if they get 2-3. I know I certainly didn’t get 7 full servings of fruits and vegetables in the past. But it is something I am trying to improve! There are tons of different food philosophies out there (paleo, vegan, SCD, GAPS, etc.), but eating a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables is something all diets seem to agree on. Even the most conservative of nutritionists will tell you 7-9 servings of fruits and vegetables a day is key. That term really should be rephrased to vegetables and fruits, as vegetables are the most important.
To be honest, since having to go gluten-free I have struggled to know what “diet” or way of eating I should follow. I know a gluten-free diet on its own is just not healthy. Replacing wheat crackers with highly processed white rice crackers isn’t going to help. But are all grains really that harmful? Or is red meat really bad? Why don’t Paleo people eat beans? Commercial dairy isn’t actually good for you -what? These are all questions I’ve asked myself.
I think it is so important to choose our food carefully and give real thought to what we put in our bodies. If you think about it, we have 3 times a day where we can choose to make food our greatest medicine or greatest poison. I truly believe that!
After a ton of research on all these different diets, I have decided simply that all of our bodies are different. I think some people thrive on high protein diets, others can tolerate certain grains, etc. That being said I think the SAD (standard American diet) is a recipe for disaster for anyone. Unprocessed, whole foods, whatever they may be, are the best things to eat.
For me I have found that cutting out gluten (obviously) and most dairy has been very beneficial. I have shifted my focus to eating a lot more fresh fruits and vegetables, healthy fats, and lean protein. I really don’t like the term “diet”. It makes you define yourself, so you feel guilty if you eat something that doesn’t fit under than diet’s umbrella.
I actually didn’t mean for this post to turn into a long rant about my food philosophy. But I feels surprisingly good to write down a lot of the thoughts that have been racking my brain the past few months. I am definitely not an expert! But am happy to have found a way to eat that works for my body. Now onto the real reason you’re here – the recipe!
These butternut squash bowls are so delicious and filling. I love keeping roasted butternut squash in the fridge so I can have this for a quick breakfast or snack. The butternut squash tastes amazing when it gets slightly caramelized through roasting. Adding a touch of maple syrup, coconut milk and cinnamon just puts it over the top. This is a great egg-free and vegan breakfast option! I definitely don’t mind trying to pack more vegetables into my day when they taste as delicious as this.
- 1 butternut squash
- Desired Toppings:
- Maple Syrup
- Coconut Milk
- Fresh Berries
- Toasted Nuts
- Shredded Coconut
- Mini Chocolate Chips
- Preheat the oven to 350F. Slice the butternut squash in half and remove the seeds. Roast, flat-side down, for 45 minutes to an hour, until soft and carmelized.
- Allow the squash to cool for a bit, then scoop out the flesh. (Note: I do this the night before then just heat up the squash in the microwave the next morning.)
- Add the toppings of your choice! My favorite combination is maple syrup, coconut milk, cinnamon, and fresh berries. Enjoy!