Healthspan October 31, 2017

It’s easy to underestimate the power of diet for your health so we’ve teamed up with our Head of Nutrition Rob Hobson to bring you a couple of recipes specifically tailored towards your winter health needs.

This pumpkin soup is particularly good for eye health and not only that, it’s the perfect warm winter dish for a cold day!

Serves 2

190 calories per serving

“Pumpkin is a rich source of beta-carotene that is converted into vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A contributes to normal vision”, says Rob.

Ingredients

  • 500g pumpkin
  • 1 tsp crushed dried chillies
  • 1 red onion, finely sliced
  • 600ml vegetable stock
  • 200ml coconut milk
  • Sea salt
  • Black pepper

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
  2. Scoop out the seeds and fibres of the pumpkin, measure out 500g of the flesh and cut into 2.5cm pieces. Spread the pieces on the baking tray and roast for 20 - 30 minutes or until soft.
  3. Remove the tray from the oven and scatter the chilli and onion over the pieces of pumpkin. Roast for a further 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes.
  4. Pour the stock into a medium saucepan and bring to the boil, then turn the heat to low. Stir in the coconut milk and warm for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  5. Put the pumpkin, onions and chilli in a blender and add the coconut milk/stock. Blitz until smooth, then season to taste. Serve hot.

Nothing beats a healthy, balanced diet to provide all the nutrients we need. But when this isn’t possible supplements can help. This article isn’t intended to replace medical advice. Please consult your healthcare professional before trying supplements or herbal medicines.

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