Roasted Acorn Squash with Brown Sugar

Acorn squash is an easy to prepare, low-calorie, nutrient packed addition to any meal. Acorn squash provides vitamin B6, complex carbohydrates, potassium, magnesium, folate, thiamine and dietary fiber. When shopping for the right acorn squash, pick one that is that is heavy for its size with smooth, dull skin and no soft spots. A good balance between green and orange coloring is ideal. Fun fact: squash is considered a fruit, not a vegetable.

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Healthy Pumpkin Pancakes

Pumpkin is a fall favorite! It’s loaded with the antioxidant beta-carotene which the body converts to vitamin A for eye health. Current research indicates that diets rich in foods containing beta-carotene may reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancer and protect against heart disease.

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Quick Guacamole

1/5 of an avocado (1 oz. serving) has 50 calories, 4.5 gm fat and nearly 20 vitamins and minerals. Although avocados have more fat than any other fruit, they are heart-healthy mono and polyunsaturated fats that may help reduce cholesterol levels and heart disease risk when consumed in moderation.

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