WELCOME FALL WITH THIS KOSHER SOUP

This Butternut Squash Soup from Jamie Geller was recently featured in   Woman's World  . 

This Butternut Squash Soup from Jamie Geller was recently featured in Woman's World

This tasty soup is a healthy way to celebrate the new Fall season. Added bonus: It's Kosher! Find it, and other recipes from food blogger Jamie Geller, at www.JoyOfKosher.com

Ingredients: 2 lbs. cubed, peeled butternut squash; 1 medium onion, minced; 1 cup coconut milk; 1/2 cup white wine; 1 Tbs. grated peeled fresh ginger (or 1 tsp. ground ginger); 2 cloves garlic, chopped; 1 tsp curry powder; 1 tsp. kosher salt; 1/4 tsp. dried thyme. 

Directions: Combine all ingredients with 6 cups water in 6 quart pot. Cover; bring to boil over high heat. Reduce heat to simmer; cook, covered, until squash is soft, 30-40 minutes. Use immersion blender, potato masher or fork to puree or mash squash and continue cooking 10 minutes or until soup is slightly reduced and thickened. Ladle into bowls, and if desired, serve garnished with sprig of fresh thyme. Makes about 10 cups. 

 

GO-TO YOGURT

Whether your go-to yogurt is traditional Greek, Icelandic or Australian, to make sure it's the healthiest choice, check the label to find out if it has more probiotics and less sugar. 

Whether your go-to yogurt is traditional Greek, Icelandic or Australian, to make sure it's the healthiest choice, check the label to find out if it has more probiotics and less sugar. 

Yogurt has become a healthy go-to for breakfast, snacks, smoothies, or in recipes to cut down on calories. 

Greek yogurt is The O Report's favorite because it has less lactose and sugar, but more protein, than traditional yogurt. (Greek yogurt has up to 20 grams of protein; traditional has 11-15 grams.) 

Also be on the lookout for Icelandic and Australian yogurts, which are just now appearing in U.S. supermarkets. Icelandic is the thickest of all varieties, but it's also the tartest; Australian is the creamiest, but has a higher fat content. Also new is Oui by Yoplait, a line inspired by the brand's French recipe. It comes in 5-ounce glass jars, which allows the yogurt to set up without added cornstarch or gelatin. 

No matter which kind of yogurt you prefer, a recent article in Better Homes & Gardens magazine listed two things to check the label for so you can make sure the yogurt you choose is the healthiest. 

1. Probiotic Check. Look for the Live & Active Cutlures seal on the label of dairy and nondairy yogurts. It means that it contains the highest amount of probiotics. If you don't see a seal, make sure L. bulgaricus and S. thermophilus are listed as ingredients. 

2. Sugar Check. Plain yogurts should have 9 grams or less of natural sugar per serving. Flavored yogurts should have less that 15 grams of sugar. If it's higher than 17 grams, it has the same sugar content as two Fun Size Snickers.