The kickoff of the holiday season is almost here. Thanksgiving is filled with family, friends and about 3,000 calories for most people. How can you enjoy without tipping the scale in the wrong direction? Try making Pumpkin Soup!

Pumpkin is seasonal, delicious and low in calories. Just one cup of this soup is only 77 calories with one gram of fat. It’s a great starter on a cold Thanksgiving Day.

PUMPKIN SOUP (Serves 4)
¾ cup water
1 small onion, chopped
1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin puree
2 cups unsalted vegetable broth
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup fat-free milk
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 green onion top, chopped.
Directions: Heat ¼ cup water over medium heat in saucepan. Add onion, cook until tender, about 3 minutes. Add rest of water, pumpkin, broth, cinnamon and nutmeg. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for five minutes. Stir in milk, but don’t allow it to boil. Top with green onion pieces. (Recipe courtesy of Mayo Clinic).

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