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Warm, creamy, and comforting, butternut squash soup is quintessential to the cold winter months! Not only is it extremely inexpensive when it’s in season--only 30-40 cents a pound--but it is also naturally sweet and filling, making it a highly nutritious vegetable pick as well. Try this delicious butternut squash soup recipe and enjoy the benefits of great taste AND good nutrition:
-1 medium butternut squash
-1 cup coconut milk
-1 cup (plus more to thin) homemade chicken broth or stock
-1 sweet onion
-2 tablespoons of butter or coconut oil
-salt and pepper to taste
-½ tsp nutmeg (or to taste)
-½ tsp garlic (or to taste)
-sprinkle of thyme (optional)
In addition to its great flavor, butternut squash also delivers great health benefits! According to the USDA National Nutrient Database, one cup of cooked cubed butternut squash provides a whopping 437% percent of your vitamin A needs for the day, as well as 52% of vitamin C and 10% or more of vitamin E, thiamin, niacin, vitamin B-6, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium and manganese. Additionally, butternut squash is an excellent source of potassium, bringing in 582 milligrams per 1 cup--more than a banana!
Many studies have suggested that increasing consumption of plant foods like butternut squash decreases the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, while promoting increased energy, lower blood pressure levels, a lower risk of cancer, healthier looking skin and hair, and an overall lower weight. Whether it’s used in a soup, a dessert, or simply as a substitute, butternut squash should definitely be part of your diet this season! -Allegra Egizi
Balanced Nutrition for Health & Performance.
I'm Lexi, a Certified Sports Dietitian and Yoga Instructor. I work with individuals, teams, and groups to find fuel and balance within their diets for health and performance.