When you are blessed with the friendship of an animal companion, you will know the special bond that can form between species. And when we share our life and love with them, we often share our food with them too. Fresh whole food is rich in nutrients that we and our animal companions need to lead a healthy life. And raw foods contain far more important nutrients than cooked food.
To get the most flavor and nutrients out of your food, consider buying organically grown whenever possible. If you can’t buy organic products, don’t let that stop you from eating fresh whole foods. Choose ripe and seasonal fruits and vegetables – and find fresh, locally grown produce whenever possible.
This is a delicious autumn soup. This winter squash is an excellent source of antioxidants, including beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin – compounds that help fight the harmful effects of free radicals that can cause heart disease and cancer. Pumpkin also contains minerals like potassium, copper, manganese, iron, magnesium, and phosphorus; Vitamins A, C, B and E; and enzymes. It is often used as a digestive aid for nausea and diarrhea.
Choose a pumpkin that is firm and heavy for its size. The skin should be free of blemishes and part of its stem should remain on the pumpkin. Store in a dark place and only after cutting the skin in the refrigerator.
2 cups of pumpkin, peeled and diced
1 1/2 cups of apple juice
1 cup of carrot juice
1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon of fresh ginger
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
Put all ingredients in a food processor or blender and puree.
Pour into bowls and sprinkle with chopped pumpkin seeds.
Makes about 4 cups.
From The no-cook book for natural nutritionby Kymythy R. Schultze (Hay House, 2005); Used with permission from the publisher.
Note: We originally left out the garlic in this recipe.