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Winter Wonderfood

PLEASE EXCUSE THE INTERRUPTION FOR THE FOLLOWING PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: It’s Christmas! I am so seriously excited. Hot cocoa. Sweaters. Carols. Lights. I love every single thing about Christmas except one… Eating Healthy. Eating healthy is SO much easier in the summer. Am I the only one who feels this way? Who wants to eat salads or grilled chicken when it’s cold outside? It’s Winter! It’s cold! I want warm rolls and chicken pot pie and mashed potatoes. It’s been my struggle every single year.

But you know what? Not this year.  This year I’ve found a secret weapon that make me feel super festive AND healthy. Soup.

Soup is a win-win-win. It totally puts me in the Christmas spirit, it’s definitely a comfort food, and it’s super healthy (if you do it right). So to help you out, I’m sharing my go-to recipe for creamy butternut squash soup—super yummy and cozy and healthy.

BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP

½ butternut squash

¾ c chicken broth

1 T onion flakes or ½ tsp onion powder

¼ tsp nutmeg

¼ tsp garlic powder

pinch Italian seasoning

salt and pepper to taste

In a medium saucepan, boil 1-2 c water. Remove seeds from squash and cut into large chunks. Boil until soft. Drain water into a container and set aside. Using a fork and a knife, peel skin off the squash add to blender. Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Add enough drained water to achieve desired consistency.

I’ve felt so festive this week cuddling up and eating (drinking?) my soup. Try it out! Who says healthy can’t be cozy?


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