Pumpkin Balances Blood Sugar

Well, it might not be the pumpkin season but enjoying it all throughout the year can help balance your blood sugar. It doesn't just add a creamy sweetness to soups, pies and breads; it gives you energy to spare as well. Thanks to the veggie's rich stores of lignans and ferulic acid, compounds that improve insulin sensitivity and cut fatigue-triggering blood sugar flux by as much as 50 percent. Here's a delicious soup for you to enjoy.


    6 cups chicken stock or 6 cups water and 1 chicken cube
    4 cups pumpkin puree
    1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley
    1 cup chopped onion
    1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
    1 clove garlic, minced
    1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
    5 whole black peppercorns


1) Heat stock, salt, pumpkin, onion, thyme, garlic, and peppercorns. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 30 minutes uncovered.

2) Puree the soup in small batches (1 cup at a time) using a food processor or blender.

3) Return to pan, and bring to a boil again. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for another 30 minutes, uncovered. Stir in heavy cream. Pour into soup bowls and garnish with fresh parsley.