Pumpkin Soup Recipe

Kymythy’s Kitchen Nutrition: A Delicious Pumpkin Alternative
By Kymythy R. Schultze, CN
www.Kymythy.com
 
kynythy schultzeQuestion: I love the flavor of pumpkin, but I’m tired of pie! Is there something else I can make with it? Also, I’ve heard that pumpkin is high in something called beta-carotene – is that a good thing?
 
Answer:  Absolutely! Pumpkins have been used throughout history as both food and medicine and they’re grown almost all over the world, ranging in size from very tiny to giants weighing more than 100 pounds. This winter squash is an excellent source of antioxidants including beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin – compounds that help fight the damaging effect of free radicals that can cause heart disease and cancer.
 
Pumpkin is a great source of fiber, and may be helpful for vision disorders. It also contains minerals such as potassium, copper, manganese, iron, magnesium, and phosphorus; vitamins A, C, B, and E; and enzymes. It’s often used as a digestive aid for nausea and diarrhea.
 
If you’re using a fresh whole pumpkin for the following recipe, you can even use the hollowed-out shell as a beautiful bowl!
 
Great Pumpkin Soup
 
2 cups pumpkin (canned)
1 1/2 cups unsweetened apple juice
1 cup unsweetened carrot juice
1 avocado, peeled and pitted
1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic
1 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
 
Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender and puree. Serve warm or chilled. Pour into bowls and garnish with a sprinkle of chopped pumpkin seeds. Makes about 4 cups.
 
About the Author:
Kymythy R. Schultze is a Clinical Nutritionist (C.N.) and has been a trailblazer in the field of nutrition for nearly two decades. For healthy delicious recipes, check out her book The Natural Nutrition No-Cook Book. For pet health check out her book and for your pet’s health Natural Nutrition for Dogs and Cats both published by Hay House, Inc. Please visit Kymythy’s website at www.kymythy.com