Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup

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This is the best time of year to make this healthy slow cooker recipe. Full of healthy ingredients like garlic, coconut milk, butternut squash and carrot it will warm you up and fill the house with it's delicious smell. The best part about this healthy homemade soup recipe is that it doesn't take a lot of time to prepare, you throw it in the slow cooker, and it does all the work for you. You can cook this healthy slow cooker recipe on low for six to eight hours or on high for three to four hours, and you will have a dinner that serves the family. For this healthy slow cooker recipe, you will need a large slow cooker, and an immersion blender or regular blender.

Butternut squash is a healthy vegetable that is great for a variety of side dishes, and it is full of plenty of nutrition and health benefits. Besides using butternut squash in healthy homemade soups, you can enjoy it boiled, baked or sauteed on it's own. You can even use butternut squash in stir fries and salads. Butternut squash is great as a side dish to any main dish and works great in stews. Some of the healthy benefits of eating butternut squash include that a one cup serving of butternut squash contains about 500 mg of potassium, which may help to reduce blood pressure. Other benefits of eating butternut squash include that it may help to improve eyesight. This is because butternut squash is loaded with vitamin A, with one cup of butternut squash having over 350 percent of the recommended daily allowance (RDA), which is super good for healthy eyesight. Butternut squash is also a great source of zeaxanthin and lutein, which are two powerful antioxidants that can also protect your vision. Butternut squash may also help to keep your bones strong. Butternut squash contains about 17 percent of the recommended daily allowance of manganese which helps with calcium absorption. The vitamin C in butternut squash takes part in the production of collagen, which is an important thing for building bone mass. Other minerals found in butternut squash include iron, folate, and zinc, which may help with bone health and protect against osteoporosis.

The cinnamon in this healthy homemade soup offers up a nice flavor and a comforting smell in your house. Some fun facts you may not know about cinnamon include that the spice is made from the inner bark of cinnamon trees. Cinnamon is one of the oldest spices that is known; it was even mentioned in the Bible and used in ancient Egypt as both a beverage flavoring and medicine, along with being used as an embalming agent.

This recipe for homemade soup is just one of the healthy homemade soups you will find on the Gimme Some Oven recipe site. On the site you will find all sorts of recipe ideas from appetizers, drink recipes, main dish ideas, dips, recipes for homemade soup, slow cooker ideas and so much more. **

Nutrition Facts for: Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup From Gimme Some Oven
Ingredients: Vegetable stock, garlic cloves, carrot, Granny Smith apple, butternut squash, fresh sage, white onion, salt, freshly ground black pepper cayenne, cinnamon, nutmeg, canned unsweetened coconut milk.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 6 servings. * Per Serving: Calories 152, Calories from Fat 46, Total Fat 5.1g 8%, Saturated Fat 4.3g 22%, Cholesterol 0mg 0%, Sodium 249mg 10%, Potassium 691mg 20%, Carbohydrates 27.8g 9%, Dietary Fiber 5.5g 22%, Sugars 9.7g, Protein 2.7g, Vitamin A 356%, Vitamin C 62%, Calcium 9%, Iron 9%

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