Signs You Should Ditch the Diet I Butternut Squash Salad with Candied Walnuts

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  • You are hungry all the time.
  • You think you can only be happy if you are smaller.
  • You go back and forth between “cheat days” and “being good”.
  • You follow strict food rules.
  • You binge or are often fighting the urge to binge.
  • You are easily irritated or moody.
  • You no longer get your period.
  • You have lost your sense of hunger.
  • You are anxious or depressed.
  • You think you need to restrict and/or exercise as punishment.
  • You are often very tired.
  • You no longer find pleasure in eating.
  • You make plans around your diet.
  • Your feelings of self-worth and confidence change based on what the scale says.
  • You are just so sick of the dieting cycle.


If any of these sound like you and you are ready to walk away from dieting and work towards taking care of the body you are in, we are here to help.
Butternut Squash Salad with Candied Walnuts
Servings: 4
2 cups butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes
4 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 cup walnuts
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 teaspoons honey
Salt and pepper to taste
4 cups baby spinach
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1.  Preheat oven to 425° F. Toss butter nut squash with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast for 15-25 minutes or until fork tender and slightly browned.
2. Melt butter in a sauce pan over medium heat. When the butter it bubbling, stir in brown sugar, followed by walnuts. Stir frequently until coated for about 5 minutes. Set aside to cool completely.
3. Whisk together vinegar, honey, remaining olive oil, salt and pepper in a small bowl to make dressing.
4. Combine spinach, squash, walnuts, cranberries in a bowl and toss with salad dressing.
Optional toppings: Grilled chicken, grilled shrimp, feta or goat cheese crumbles.
Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe
Nutrition Information per Serving: 335.1 calories, 20.6 grams total fat, 5.2 grams of saturated fat, 41.4 grams carbohydrate, 5.9 grams fiber, 4.3 grams protein, 83.4 milligrams sodium, 391.1 milligrams potassium, 25.8 grams sugar

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