This Butternut Squash and Apple Soup is creamy, thick, slightly sweet and very hearty soup for winter months. It’s the perfect bowl of both comfort and nourishment.
This Creamy Butternut Squash and Apple Soup, is one you’ll want to have a constant supply of in your kitchen during fall and winter seasons. It’s incredibly creamy, thick, slightly sweet, very hearty and comforting in the cooler months of the year.
Creating a Balanced Meal with This Butternut Squash Soup
Balanced eating adds to your life, allowing you to enjoy all the social gatherings, celebrations with friends and family, traveling and experience other cultures’ foods, all while nourishing yourself with the nutrients you need.
The first step in balanced eating is being able to build a balanced meal to support your physical body on a cellular level, ensuring you’re consuming the nutrients you need to have a sharp focus, calm digestion, lasting energy, sound sleep, and vibrant long-term health.
To do this, we use our Foundational Five system, which is made up of a variety of nutrients to refer to whenever you’re creating or building a meal. It’s made up of five elements of nutrition:
Protein + Fat + Starchy or Sugary Carbohydrates + Non-Starchy Carbohydrates + Flavor Factor
Here are the Foundational Five Elements of Nutrition in this recipe to make it a balanced meal.
• Non-starchy Carbohydrates
- Sweet onion
- Butternut squash
2 • Starchy and Sugary Carbohydrates
3 • Healthy Fat
- Coconut oil
4 • Protein
- To make this a complete meal, add any protein of your choice (be sure to read our guide on animal proteins and plant-based proteins)
5 • Flavor Factor
- Orange juice
- Salt and pepper
Health Benefits of Butternut Squash
Not only is butternut squash beautiful and vibrant, but it’s also has a thick and creamy flesh which is perfect for using in soups, dips, salads, and more. Butternut squash is one of many plant-based foods high in beta-carotene which is converted in the body to vitamin A, which is a powerful antioxidant. Now that we’re entering in the fall and winter months (a.k.a. cold and flu season for many of us), we need to protect and arm our bodies with nutrient soldiers to fight off the flu, bacterias, and viruses as much as possible. This is where food is medicine, my friends, consuming nutrient-dense foods high in antioxidants that our bodies need for healthy immune function. Vitamin A, of course, helps with immune function, anti-cancer benefits, cardiovascular benefits, protects against inflammation and helps our vision and eyesight stay healthy.