Squash is usually one of four different species of the same plant. Famous squashes include the Zucchini and the Pumpkin. Butternut squash is one of the four species. In the U.S. we group our squash into either the “summer squash” or “winter squash” categories depending on when it is harvested. The Butternut Squash is a winter variety. It is also the number 1 ingredient in a Butternut Squash smoothie.
Nutritionally, Butternut squash is similar to other fruits (yes, it is a fruit but is used as a vegetable). It is quite low in calories, contains -0- saturated fats and cholesterol, and is very high in dietary fiber. Butternut squash is quite high in vitamin A which is a natural antioxidant. It also offers a good amount of B complex vitamins as well.
The Pear is another fruit which, apparently, has been used by humans as a food since the very beginning. There are over 3,000 varieties of pears now grown around the world, but only about 10 of those are grown within the United States. By a large margin, most pears in the world are grown in China.
Nutritionally, pears are rich in vitamin C and dietary fiber. Most of both are contained in the skin of the fruit. Pears are a bit high in sugars and carbohydrates.
Mixed together in a smoothie, butternut squash and pears go well with each other. In the end, you will create a fairly unique and utterly delicious Butternut Squash smoothie with just the right amount of lighter fruit taste to make it memorable.