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IMMUNE SUPPORT SPAGHETTI SQUASH WITH TOMATOES


Serves 4 


Benefits:
Basil- full of flavonoids, antioxidant compounds that protect against problems such as heart disease and cancer. It also has volatile oils with anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Basil provides magnesium and beta-carotene, another antioxidant, all beneficial for skin rejuvenation. 
 
Feta Cheese- has antioxidant, riboflavin, which may help prevent some signs of aging as well as degenerative disease. High in calcium and zinc which both aid in tissue growth and skin repair. 


Lemon- the vitamin C and citric acid help to purify blood vessels which in turn help remove impurities found in the skin cells. 


Olive Oil- allows the absorption of fat- soluble nutrients such as vitamins rich in antioxidant polyphenols and good fat E and A, and carotenoids, which encourage skin to glow. Omega- 6 fatty acids and vitamin E keep the complexion youthful by helping the skin stay soft, smooth and blemish free. Olive oil helps fight oxidative damage (from the sun or pollution) and prevents inflammation, one of the main causes of premature aging — and research shows that increased olive oil consumption helps hydrate your skin from the inside. 


Pine Nuts- contain the antioxidants that slow down the aging process and also contain the beneficial mineral, copper. One of the many benefits is their excellent source of vitamin E, the B-complex vitamins, and the essential minerals like manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and selenium. All help with metabolism and protect the skin from harmful oxygen-free radicals. 


Spaghetti Squash- contains fiber, vitamin A, C, and the minerals potassium and calcium. Fights free radicals and supports the immune system to help produce skin collagen. 



Tomatoes- provide lycopene, which helps prevent heart disease, elevated cholesterol and cancer. Lycopene acts as natural sun block, preventing the UV damage that causes sunspots, dryness and wrinkles.





Ingredients:
1 spaghetti squash, halved lengthwise and seeds scraped 1/2 cup pine nuts
1 tablespoon olive oil
juice from one lemon
1 cup chopped cherry tomatoes 1 tablespoon chopped basil
1/2 cup feta cheese
pepper and salt to taste 








Directions:

Slice squash in half and scoop out seeds. Bake till soft at 375. In a pan, lightly toast pine nuts. Combine remaining ingredients. Scoop out spaghetti squash with fork and gently add to mixture.
 












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