This Mexican-inspired meal will have your taste buds singing with delight for days! Filled with wholesome ingredients, such as squash, black beans, red cabbage, and cilantro, our uniquely different tacos are the perfect way to start your evening. You can serve these as-is, or pair them with our insanely delicious and creamy Hempy Guacamole to enhance the southwestern flavors even more. In terms of nutrition, a one-cup serving of squash provides you with 63 calories, 3 g of dietary fiber, 0 g of fat, and 6 mg of sodium! It’s also rich in vitamin A, which stimulates the production and activity of white blood cells, takes part in remodeling bone, helps maintain the health of endothelial cells (those lining the body’s interior surfaces), and regulates cell growth and division (1). Scientifically speaking for athletes, vitamins A, C and E, which are present in squash, may assist in preventing exercise-related muscle damage, increasing immunity, and reducing oxidative stress and inflammation markers (2). These factors may contribute to preventing undesirable physiological effects provoked by soccer matches or other strenuous activity. But, regardless if you are an athlete or not, it’s important to eat vegetables such as squash due to these fabulous nutritional qualities. So go ahead and try out these mouth-watering tacos for maximum flavor and health benefits.
(1) Vitamin A. Harvard School of Public Health. http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/vitamin-a/
(2) Gravina, L. et. al. Influence of nutrient intake on antioxidant capacity, muscle damage, and white blood cell count in female soccer players. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. 2012; 9(32). doi: 10.1186/1550-2783-9-32