Last Updated on September 26, 2022 by Ellen Christian
Check out this Butternut Squash Chicken Turmeric Soup recipe. It’s the perfect choice for anyone following an antioxidant-rich diet.
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Did you know that eating antioxidant-rich foods provides healthy aging benefits too? As I get older, I’ve been more mindful of the nutrients I consume, which has led me to learn more about the great benefits an antioxidant-rich diet can have on overall health.
You may want to try this Turmeric Candy Recipe if you want to add more turmeric to your diet.
5 Benefits of an Antioxidant-Rich Diet
Below are five benefits of an antioxidant-rich diet you may want to consider, as well as one of my favorite cold-weather recipes for Butternut Squash Chicken Turmeric Soup for you to warm up with this season.
1. Healthy Body Weight
Since antioxidant-rich diets tend to eliminate processed food, it is possible to lose weight by following one. Being at a healthy body weight will give you more energy and help you feel better overall, than if you are overweight.
2. Improved digestion
Antioxidant foods tend to be high in fiber (and fiber aids in digestion,) so you may find that your digestive system has improved as a result of consuming nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables. High-fiber food includes broccoli, leafy greens, bananas, butternut squash, and more.
3. Healthy Joints and Bones
A diet rich in vitamin C and calcium can help maintain strong bones as you age. Fruits and vegetables are considered to be one of the best sources of these nutrients, which are said to stimulate the production of bone-forming cells.
4. More Energy
Since many people feel a sugar rush and then a crash after eating processed food, cutting down on processed food might help you feel like you have more energy. This Butternut Squash Chicken Turmeric soup is a great example of a healthy soup recipe.
5. Maintain Comfort
Diet has a strong ability to modify the level of comfort you experience. If you have frequent concerns over joint comfort, you may see an improvement if you start paying attention to your food.
When sticking to an antioxidant-rich diet, a key aspect is eliminating (or reducing) dairy and processed food. You are encouraged to eat better-for-you food such as fresh fruits, vegetables, lean meat, and whole grains. Specifically, tomatoes, olive oil, fish high in Omega 3, nuts, green leafy vegetables, and spices like turmeric and ginger are considered beneficial.
What do I need to make Butternut Squash Chicken Turmeric Soup?
- Large soup pot
Is chicken broth anti-inflammatory?
There are antioxidants in bone broth that are considered to be anti-inflammatory. Choose bone broth instead of chicken broth if that’s a concern.
- If you want a healthy chicken soup with ginger and turmeric, you can certainly add ginger to the recipe.
- For a lemon turmeric soup, add lemon juice or lemon slices when you boil it.
- You can add chunks of chicken if you want a more hearty meal.
- Add cooked rice for a chicken and rice soup with ginger and turmeric.
- 1 large butternut squash, cooked
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 2 cups chicken stock
- 1 can coconut milk (full fat)
- 1 heaping teaspoon turmeric
- Cook the butternut squash in a pot with water until done.
- Saute the onion in coconut oil.
- Add the chicken stock.
- But the cooked butternut squash in the blender.
- Blend until smooth.
- Add the chicken stock.
- Pour into a pan.
- Add the coconut milk and turmeric and heat until hot and bubbly.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 301Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 22gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 187mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 6g
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