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December 2013: Health & The Holidays

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Cooking Corner: Healthy Butternut Squash Soup

There's certainly a lot of eating to be done around the holidays. Instead of stressing about adding on any extra pounds, consider cooking a healthy alternative this holiday season.

Nathan Drendel, ProMedica Total Wellness Dietitian, shows us step-by-step directions on how to cook a puréed butternut squash soup in this healthy cooking demonstration.

But what makes this recipe so healthy? The recipe calls for olive oil, which is considered a heart-healthy oil. Everyone knows vegetables are good for you, but let's get down to the specifics. You'll be cooking with white onion, one of the five colors to look for in fruits and vegetables. White onion is a known cancer preventer. The star of this recipe is the butternut squash. This vegetable is a source of both beta-carotene and fiber. The daily recommended serving of fiber for men is 38 grams, while the daily fiber serving for women is 25 grams. Additionally, the carrot is a great source of beta-carotene. This recipe also features low-sodium chicken or vegetable stock to help you cut down on your salt intake. In less than an hour, you will be enjoying a creamy, nutrient-filled butternut squash soup.

Download the recipe.