Butternut Squash & Mango Soup

Mmmmmmmmango!

Mango is a superstar amongst tropical fruits. It, along with guava and litchi, is one of the tropical fruits containing the highest amount of polyphenols, with the main contained polyphenol being gallic acid. Polyphenols, in case you didn’t get the memo, are antioxidants which protect our beautiful cells against various types of disease. To top that off, mango contains 4 grams of fiber, half of which is soluble fiber (namely pectin), which helps reduce cholesterol and consequently risk of heart disease. Despite its sweet taste, mango has a low glycemic index and glycemic load. This translates into better blood sugar control and thus a less monstrous you (read: less mood swings, less irritability, less cravings, less headaches, better appetite control, better concentration, more stable energy levels, etc.). And the list goes on. It probably comes as no surprise that mango is a great source of vitamin C, which helps wound healing and tissue repair.

If you’re wondering how to choose a mango that’s ready, simply squeeze it gently (#mainsqueeze). It should yield to the touch when ripe, without being too soft. A ripe mango that’s ready to partake in your recipes will also give off a lovely and full aroma.

This particular soup is tasty, light yet filling (yup, that’s right, “light” and “filling” are not mutually exclusive). Mangoes aren’t just for smoothies anymore, they’re also for soups.Β Say what? I’m definitely adding mango soup to my list of million dollar ideas, hehe. πŸ˜‰ MangoesΒ basically impart a delightful texture upon all foods they are added to.Β Case closed.

This soup literally comes together in minutes and tastes like the Caribbean. Try it today! πŸ™‚

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Ingredients:

  • 3 cups orange juice
  • 3 1/2 cups butternut squash, cubed and cooked
  • 1 mango
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. turmeric (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender or food processor.
  2. Serve hot or cold.
  3. Enjoy the fruitiness of this original soup.

Factoid: Did you know mangoes are often used to decorate household entrances amongst Hindus? Natural beauty! πŸ™‚

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