Yellow Squash – Raw?
This week I’m back at the all-day meetings in a hotel conference room for work. Today the afternoon snack that the hotel catering staff brought in really impressed me, and I learned something new.
They brought in a giant veggie tray (that’s a giant tray, not a tray of giant veggies!) with carrots, bell peppers, broccoli, tomatoes, yellow squash, and celery all cut into easy-to-eat chunks surrounding a bowl of hummus. They also had a bowl of baked pita chips, but those don’t have much nutritional value so I avoided them. I’m positive I’ve never eaten summer squash raw before, but I was intrigued so I added a single spear of yellow squash to my little plate.
It was so delicious! I went back and got a plateful. I’m totally going to be eating raw yellow squash sliced into spears from now on! I found it to be the perfect way to eat a little bit of hummus – a little crunchy, but light and not overpowering in flavor. A+ for the catering staff at the Four Points Sheraton for introducing me to a new way to eat a veggie I wasn’t previously a huge fan of!
Edited to add: Oh yeah, and I almost forgot the best part! A cup of summer squash is about 18 calories- that’s like nothing! I could completely gorge myself on this stuff and not damage my weight management efforts in any way!