Halloween festival takes place on the last day of October,  Since this week is Halloween festival, I purchased a few big pumpkins for this week’s cooking theme and celebration.  This recipe, Pumpkin soup is great for everyone regardless of young, infant, or old. 

Pumpkin soupPumpkin soup is high in vitamins and minerals while being low in calories. It’s also a great source of beta-carotene, a carotenoid that your body converts into vitamin A

In addition to a diabetic or high-blood sugar patient, Pumpkin soup could benefit people with type 2 diabetes by reducing their blood sugar levels and insulin needs. 

This is because pumpkin has a high glycemic index, it has a low glycemic load, meaning that it’s unlikely to have a significant effect on your blood sugar as long as you exercise portion control. For any carb-rich food, portion control is key when managing blood sugar levels.

In fact, pumpkin is packed with nutrients and yet has under 50 calories per cup (245 grams). This makes it a nutrient-dense food. It’s also a good source of fiber, which may suppress your appetite.  So, make a pumpkin soup is an ideal meal for your weight loss program.

Try “Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Muffins” serve together with Pumpkin soup.  This Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Muffins are great for weight loss as it’s many nutrients ingredients in it.

 

In this pumpkin soup’s recipe, it has added 1 drop of doTerra Turmeric essential oil.  Get your Pumpkin soup recipe on the bottom. 

 

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Some old generations may not be known what is Halloween festival. Here’s briefly the history of Halloween.

WHAT IS HALLOWEEN?

Halloween is a holiday celebrated each year on October 31, and Halloween 2020 will occur on Saturday, October 31. The tradition originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts.

In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints. Soon, All Saints’ Day incorporated some traditions of Samhain.

The evening before was known as All Hallows Eve, and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a day of activities like trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, festive gatherings, donning costumes and eating treats.

No matter how old you are or how many times you’ve been around the block, the holiday simply never gets old. The littlest ones get a chance to dress up and go trick-or-treating, and parents have an excuse to sip on a boo-zy Halloween cocktail.

 

HOW HALLOWEEN IS CELEBRATED TODAY

Halloween obviously remains a popular holiday in American today, but it actually almost didn’t make it across the Atlantic. The Puritans were disapproving of the holiday’s pagan roots, so they didn’t take part in the celebrations. But once Irish and Scottish immigrants began to arrive in America in greater numbers, the holiday made its way back into the zeitgeist. The very first American colonial Halloween celebrations featured large public parties to commemorate the upcoming harvest, tell ghost stories, sing, and dance.

It’s estimated that by the early 20th century, Halloween was celebrated across North America by the majority of (candy-loving, costume-wearing) people.  

 

THE HISTORY BEHIND PUMPKINS & HALLOWEEN

Pumpkins are ripe and plentiful in the fall, just in time for Halloween. These big orange fruits are used in many ways.  You might bring one home from a pumpkin patch or the grocery store and carve it into a jack-o’-lantern.

Pumpkin is nutritious and good to eat. Pumpkins can also be used for decoration. Some people even have pumpkin-tossing contests. The history of pumpkins and their use at Halloween contains a mixture of interesting facts and Celtic folklore. Find out how the pumpkin replaced the turnip in the Halloween story and discover more ways to use pumpkins.

History of the Pumpkin

Pumpkins, which are a type of squash, were first found in the Americas, primarily in the area of Central America and Mexico. Native Americans carried pumpkin seeds into other parts of North America. They cut pumpkins into long strips and roasted them over a fire. They also wove dried strips of pumpkin into mats. The Native Americans ate pumpkin seeds and also used them for medicine.

Columbus took pumpkin seeds back to Europe, but they did not grow well there. Jacques Cartier, a French explorer, found pumpkins in what is now part of Canada in 1584. He called them “pepons,” a Greek word that means “large melons.” Over time, the name was changed to “pumpkin.” When the colonists arrived in the U.S., they began using pumpkins for food, too. It was the influence of Irish immigrants, however, that made the pumpkin a part of Halloween.

 

Let’s dive-in the primary key health benefits of Pumpkin

HEALTH BENEFITS OF PUMPKIN

Botanically, indeed pumpkin is considered a fruit, but for culinary purposes, it’s most often referred to as a vegetable.

It’s Full of Antioxidants

Pumpkin is a great source of carotenoids like beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin. 1https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2695406 These nutrients give pumpkin its orange colour and have many, many health benefits!

Beta-carotene is a provitamin, meaning it converts to vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A is important for eye health, bone health, cellular growth, skin health and much more.  One cup of mashed pumpkin contains more than 200% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin A.  2http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2601/2

Lutein and zeaxanthin are protective for eye health. Research shows these nutrients reduce risk for macular degeneration and may have a positive impact on cognitive function. 3https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25109868  |  4https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23053547  |  5https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27431371

It’s A Good Source of FIber

The amount of fiber in pumpkin will vary depending on the cooking method. One cup of canned pumpkin provides about 6-7 grams of fiber, while one cup of fresh, boiled pumpkin provides 2-3 grams of fiber. This fiber helps keep our guts happy! It feeds our good bacteria, which not only impacts digestion, but positively fuels our immune system.

It’s a source of potassium, vitamin C, B6, manganese, magnesium and many more nutrients

There are many nutrients we could highlight here, as pumpkin has a variety of micronutrients! These nutrients support the immune system and keep cells nourished!

Potassium and magnesium are specifically great for cellular hydration. Water is essential for hydration, but for cellular hydration (the water makes it into the cell) you need the right nutrients!

You can use the seeds for even more benefits

Pumpkin seeds are loaded with nutrients like zinc, magnesium, and healthy fats! If you’re carving pumpkins or making a pumpkin dish from scratch, don’t toss the seeds. Clean them up and bake them for an extra crunchy treat.

 

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Pumpkim soup

Pumpkin Soup


  • Author: Jesslyn Lim
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 15 min
  • Total Time: 20 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Diet: Low Calorie

Description

Pumpkin is a good source of fiber.  Pumpkin is also a source of potassium, vitamin C, B6, manganese, magnesium, and many more nutrients.   

This fiber helps keep our guts happy! It feeds our good bacteria, which not only impacts digestion, but positively fuels our immune system.


Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 small-medium yellow onion, sliced

  • cloves garlic, chopped

  • 1½ cups chicken or vegetable broth

  • 1/2 fresh pumpkin, cut cube size

  • ⅔ cup coconut milk

  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup

  • 1-2 teaspoons grated ginger

  • ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

  • ½ teaspoon Himalayan salt

  • Pinch cayenne pepper

  • 1 drop doTerra Turmeric essential oil


Instructions

Heat the oil and onion on a medium pot over medium heat and sauté for 6-7 minutes, until the onions are translucent. Add the garlic and stir for 1 minute.

Add the broth, pumpkin, coconut milk, syrup, pumpkin pie spice, salt and pepper and simmer for 15 minutes.

Carefully pour into a blender and process until smooth.

Serve with fried sage, crumbled bacon, toasted cashews, pumpkin seeds, goat cheese, crushed red pepper, cilantro or chives on top.

  • Category: Breakfast/Lunch/dinner
  • Cuisine: Western

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 4
  • Calories: 144
  • Fat: 11g
  • Saturated Fat: 0
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 8g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 3g

Keywords: Pumpkin, Pumpkin soup

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Jesslyn Lim

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