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Butternut Squash made with the Vitamix

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Butternut Squash

Ingredients:

2 cups butternut squash, cubed
3 cups water
1 cup cashews
2 stalks celery
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 red onion
1/4 lemon with skin
2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 clove garlic

Directions:

Blend until smooth and slightly warm. Add more liquid if needed.
Garnish with sprouts and enjoy.
*Serves 4

Did you know?

Butternuts contain a large amount of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that helps fight diseases such as the common cold and flu. Butternuts are also rich in beta-carotene, the pigment that gives it the bright orange colour. This pigment is known to be beneficial for asthma, lowering the risk of colon cancer and stabilising sugar levels. Butternut squash seeds are eaten as nutritious snack food since they contain 35-40% oil and 30% protein.

Celery is known to have the least amount of calories while being able to reduce inflammation, reduce stress levels due to the magnesium content, regulate acidity in the body, improve digestion due to the water content and supply your body with natural salt as it contains sodium.

Garlic, which is closely related to onions, leeks and shallots is normally added to food to enhance the flavour and aroma but did you know that at its most basic garlic is medicine in nature. Just one clove of garlic has the following components, Vitamin C, B6, manganese selenium and fibre. It also contains calcium iron and potassium which help strengthen the bones in the body. It is known to be very effective for the common cold and flu’s as it helps boost the immune system to get rid of the accumulated toxins. It is also known to help lower blood pressure, cholesterol and the risk of heart diseases. The antioxidants contained in garlic will help the kidneys in detoxing the body from chemicals and other toxins that accumulate over time.

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