Butternut squash soup is gaining popularity because of its rich taste and creamy texture. One cup of homemade butternut squash soup offers about 140 calories.
Homemade, depending on the ingredients, can be prepared lighter and lower in calories than the processed brands found on the grocery store shelves.
Most butternut squash soup recipes call for a couple pounds of butternut squash, unsalted butter, onion, chicken stock or broth, nutmeg and salt and pepper. Using margarine or low-fat butter can reduce the number of calories in each batch.
Aside from the butter and reduced-sodium broth, there are not a lot of ways to lower the calorie content. However, if you are trying to restrict the number of calories you consume, the best way is to reduce the amount of soup you eat.
Eating a small cup or bowl of soup is better than large portions. Your calories can be greatly reduced if you restrict the amount you consume at one time. Butternut squash is a healthy soup and can be prepared more nutritiously than some fatty and cream-based soups.
However, there is a lot of sodium in most pre-packaged butternut squash soup varieties. Most recipes also call for a lot of sodium. The best way to reduce sodium is to salt-to-taste. This will also eliminate bloating and the absorption of a lot of calories.