Pumpkins boast the antioxidant, beta-carotene because of their orange color, which has been shown to play a role in cancer prevention and glowing skin (say goodbye to those unsightly blemishes). According to the National Institute of Health, food sources of beta-carotene are even more effective than supplements. So grab yourself a spoon and enjoy!
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With sweet pumpkin goodness,
I bought two sweet pumpkin pie specific pumpkins at my natural grocery store. These pumpkins will be much smaller than your typical carving or decorative pumpkins.
Creamy Pumpkin Sage Soup
Yield: 8 servings
2 pumpkin pie pumpkins or 5 cups canned pumpkin
1 TB. coconut oil
¾ cup shallots, diced
3 garlic cloves, chopped
4 cups organic vegetable broth
1 TB. fresh sage, chopped
Sea salt and pepper to taste
Pre-heat oven to 400°F. Using a sharp knife, cut the pumpkins in half. Scoop out seeds and place on a baking sheet. Bake for 1-1/2 hours until pumpkin edges are slightly brown. Using a large metal spoon, scoop cooked pumpkin flesh into a bowl.
In a large pot over medium heat, sauté coconut oil and shallots for 4-5 minutes until tender. Stir in garlic and cook an additional minute. Stir in pumpkin flesh, vegetable broth, sage, salt and pepper, bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer covered for 15 minutes. In a blender, and working in batches of no more 2 cups, purée soup. Return soup to the pot, and heat through. Season with additional sea salt and pepper as needed. Sprinkle with sage. Enjoy!
Jo Schaalman is the co-founder of the Conscious Cleanse and a yoga instructor at the Yoga Pod located in Boulder, CO. She is passionate about working with people to find their best health. The Conscious Cleanse is a 14-day program designed to guide health-seekers on a supportive journey of deep healing and whole body cleansing. The results have the power to ignite an entirely new level of health for participants – one of vibrancy and longevity. The Conscious Cleanse will be published as a book by Alpha Penguin and made available at all major bookstores and online retailers in Fall 2012.
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