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Low Carb Spaghetti from a Squash!

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Low Carb Spaghetti from a Squash!

Squash was cultivated in the Americas for at least six thousand years and honored by many Native tribes. Squash has been considered one of the “Three Sisters” from tribal legends of squash, corn and beans representing three sisters who were inseparable, thus the plants are planted together benefiting each other’s growth. The word squash is from a Native American name askootasquash, meaning, “eaten raw.”

There are a multitude of summer squash varieties that are closely related to the popular zucchini — (Curcurbita pepo) (called marrow by the British and courgette by the French). Yellow squashes include crookneck; they are all in the Curcurbitaceae (Gourd) family, making them relatives of cucumber, pumpkin and watermelon.

Summer squashes are alkaline, alterative (blood purifying), anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, and diuretic. Summer squashes have been used to treat colitis, constipation, hypertension, indigestion, kidney and bladder disorders, obesity and ulcers. Though less nutrient-dense than the more orange-colored winter squashes (like acorn and butternut), summer squashes contain beta-carotene, folic acid, and vitamin C, calcium, magnesium and potassium. Squash seeds called protease trypsin inhibitors that impede viruses and cancer causing compounds from becoming activated in the intestinal tract. The raw seeds are also used in folk medicine to rid the body of round and tapeworms.

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Brigitte Mars

Brigitte Mars, a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild, is a nutritional consultant who has been working with Natural Medicine for over 40 years. She teaches Herbal Medicine at Naropa University, Boulder College of Massage, and Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition and Culinary Arts and has a private practice. Brigitte is the author of 12 books, including Rawsome!. Find more healthy living articles, raw food recipes, videos, workshops, books, and more at brigittemars.com. Also check out her international model yogini daughter, Rainbeau at rainbeaumars.com.

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10:34AM PDT on Apr 3, 2013

sounds delish!!!!!!!

6:24PM PDT on Jul 11, 2011

Yummy and healthy! The recipe sounds good. I love it. Thanks.

5:49AM PST on Nov 10, 2010

I loved this recipe- and dont forget to add the wonderfully fun spaghetti squash, my kids loved to tease the "noodles" out and ate it right up when they were allowed to do it themselves.

6:54AM PDT on Oct 12, 2010

one of my favorite meals is a raw dish of grated zucchini pasta with a sauce of a tomato blended with different herbs, then topped with nutritional yeast! :)

I love squash!!!

2:15AM PDT on Aug 24, 2010

Thanks.

10:01AM PDT on Aug 20, 2010

interesting

9:59AM PDT on Aug 17, 2010

Sounds very good and really simple. How can you go wrong?

12:01PM PDT on Jul 28, 2010

Always looking for a way to use (up) zucchini. This is great and thanks!

8:17PM PDT on Jul 24, 2010

spaghetti is always a favorite..love the cheese and the tomato sauce..yum..yum..

8:15PM PDT on Jul 24, 2010

very healthy..wanna try it..

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