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3 Reasons to fall for butternut squash

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Are you looking for a healthy seasonal treat? Try butternut squash. Available from early fall through winter at most groceries and farmers markets, it's low in calories and may prevent a host of ailments.

butternut squash

1. Fight cancer and more.
A little bit of this squash will unleash the power of betacarotene. Your body converts this super-nutrient to vitamin A. I cup of butternut squash provides nearly 5 times the USDA's daily recommendation of 3,000 IU. Benefits: the power to ward off skin disorders, age-related vision loss and even leukemia.

2. Reverse smoking damage
Eating food rich in vitamin A can reduce your chances of developing emphysema.

3. Maintain heart health
The 1-2 punch of fiber and potassium protects against heart disease and high blood pressure. Just 1 cup of the gourd provides nearly 3 grams of fiber and more than 10% of the USDA's daily recommendation of 4,000 mg of potassium. Also a good source of folate. Try butternut squash bruschetta with ricotta, lemon juice and parmesan.


1. Show and Tell

Stopping to pick up my daughter at kindergarten, I found out that the topic of "Show and Tell" that day had been parents' occupations.

The teacher pulled me aside. Whispering, she advised, "You might want to explain a little bit more to your daughter what you do for a living."

I work as a training consultant and often conduct my seminars in motel conference rooms.

When I asked why, the teacher explained, "Your daughter told the class she wasn't sure what you did, but said you got dressed real pretty and went to work at motels."

2. Internet Lingo

The language of the internet is full of shortcuts. Some, like LOL (laugh out loud) and KISS(keep It Simple Stupid) have gone mainstream. But new online lingo is always popping up.

AYPI: And Your Point Is?

AWGTHTGTTA: Are We Going to Have to Go Through This Again?

BEG: Big Evil Grin

HHO1/2 K: Ha HA, Only Half Kidding


3. Oops...

Finishing up our work at a trade show in San Diego, my co- worker Maureen and I decided to go sightseeing across the border in Tijuana, Mexico. While there, we went shopping and bought a few pieces of clay kitchenware.

As we crossed back into the United States, a customs official asked if we had anything of value to report.

"Not really," Maureen replied, digging in her bag for the bean crock she had purchased. Everyone around us froze as she continued, "I only bought a little pot."

4. Cooking Eggs

A wife was making a breakfast of fried eggs for her husband. Suddenly her husband burst into the kitchen. "Careful. CAREFUL! Put in some more butter! Oh my GOD! You're cooking too many at once. TOO MANY! Turn them! TURN THEM NOW! We need more butter. Oh my GOD! WHERE are we going to get MORE BUTTER? They're going to STICK! Careful.

CAREFUL! I said be CAREFUL! You NEVER listen to me when you're cooking! Never! Turn them! Hurry up! Are you CRAZY? Have you LOST your mind? Don't forget to salt them. You know you always forget to salt them. Use the salt. USE THE SALT! THE SALT!"

The wife stared at him. "What the heck is wrong with you? You think I don't know how to fry a couple of eggs?"

The husband calmly replied, "I just wanted to show you what it feels like when I'm driving."

Thank you for reading, and have a wonderful week. :)