MIND Diet Brain-Healthy Bites: Butternut Squash Soup

faust_melanieThis MIND Diet-inspired recipe comes from Memory and Aging Program Nurse Practitioner Melanie Faust, APRN, FNP-C . Butternut squash shines as the tasty, brain healthy star of this dish! Butternut squash contains carotenoids, a group of antioxidants that are beneficial for brain health, and is also high in vitamin E. 


  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 medium yellow onions, peeled and diced
  • 2 one inch pieces of ginger root, peeled and grated or minced
  • 12 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 
  • 2 small butternut squash, peeled and diced (should be about 8 cups)
  • 6 cups veg or chicken broth
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • juice of 1 lemon


  1. Preheat large pot over medium heat and add olive oil to coat the bottom.
  2. Add carrots, onion and ginger, cook until tender.
  3. Add squash, broth, cinnamon, curry powder and salt. Bring to a boil over high heat then reduce to a simmer and cook until squash is fork tender. 
  4. Add lemon juice and milk. Stir to combine and remove from heat.
  5. Puree and serve. Enjoy!


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