I love trying to eat locally sourced foods as much as possible. Eating locally grown and sourced foods not only helps bolster the economy of your town, but it puts you in tune with what naturally grows in your area seasonally. It also encourages you to try foods you wouldn’t necessarily have access to or choose otherwise. And there are some real, yummy nutritional gems out there waiting to be discovered, folks!
I recently started volunteering with an amazing local business called Lowcountry Street Grocery (LSG). LSG is a mobile farmers market which offers not only amazing local foods and produce, but they bring it to your area! They are part fun, hip farmers’ market and part mission. By converting an old school bus into their mobile market, they are able to take fresh, nutritious, well-sourced food into areas where people may not otherwise have access to fresh food. We call these areas “food deserts” because often the only place community members have to purchase food is the local convenience store. So LSG rolls in with a bus full of beautiful, nourishing food for our neighbors to purchase. It’s amazing. I’ll probably be talking a good bit more about them and their impact in coming months, but today…a recipe!
So I was putting together a nutrition education newsletter for the guys at LSG and one of the items of produce they currently offer is Kabocha Squash. Maybe you have heard of it, and I’m just behind on my squash varieties, but I never had. So I started looking into it. Kabocha squash is much like the other varieties of winter squashes (like butternut squash, acorn squash, and pumpkin), but a little sweeter. It’s loaded with beta carotene, potassium, magnesium, and fiber, which makes it great for digestive health, heart health, and great for protecting your body from inflammation and cellular damage. I'm a sucker for winter squash. Check it out and give it a try!
Roasted Kabocha Squash
My name is Emily Funcik, and I am a registered and licensed dietitian in Charleston, SC. I am also a stay-at-home mama, a wife, a foodie, and a dancer. I have a passion for healthy living, entertaining, and a deep-rooted loved of all things delicious.
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