Yet another simple lunch or light meal that is so quick to make debunking the myth that food takes ages to make.
The creamy and seasonal butternut squash contrasts beautifully with the peppery watercress and sharpness of the feta to create a taste explosion on the tongue….just delicious.
Enjoy – Jo x
Butternut Squash: Contains carotenes which help to prevent certain cancers, reduce inflammation and protect the skin from sun damage. It is a good source of the antioxidant vitamins A (essential for good eye health and vision) C, E and B vitamins along with calcium, potassium and magnesium. Like all fruits and vegetables, it is a source of soluble fibre.
Watercress is a powerhouse of nutrients providing good amounts of vitamin A, C (immunity and wound healing) and K (good bone and blood health), potassium and calcium. It also is a rich source of plant chemicals (that may reduce or minimise certain cancers including one which help to block the action of cells linked with lung cancer.
It belongs to the brassica vegetable family which all have the ability to help prevent chronic diseases, including cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes, neurodegenerative disorders and various forms of cancers and more. The antioxidants have the ability to reduce what is called oxidative stress and the presence of free radicals in our body. These have the potential to cause inflammation, neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, increase the signs of ageing and cell changes which can lead to cancer.
Eggs are an excellent all round food offering protein and amino acids needed by the body for it to repair itself. They contain many nutrients including vitamin A to benefit eye health, vitamin B12 (fighting depression and tiredness), vitamins D and K (keeping bones strong), iron, zinc and choline (a nutrient needed for the development of memory and learning in the brain).
Cheese is an excellent source of protein, vitamin D, calcium (needed for strong bones) as well as other various vitamins and minerals. There is still a lot of conflicting advice on eating saturated fats in dairy foods but recent research has shown that they have little effect on the heart or risks of strokes and can decrease the risk of type 2 diabetes. Like most foods, they should not be eaten in vast amounts but certainly as part of a healthy diet.
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