Good nutrition is extremely important for senior citizens, especially as activity levels often decrease with age and as a result, appetites can wane. Therefore, it is essential that a senior’s meals contain a high level of vitamins and nutrients to promote health, wellness and strength.
As temperatures cool, soup becomes a perfect comfort food for fall and winter. The following is a recipe for delicious and nutritious (and easy to make) butternut squash soup, presented by the Naples elder care experts at Home Care Assistance.
Butternut Squash Soup
2 lbs. peeled, seeded and cubed butternut squash
2 Tablespoons minced onion
1 1/2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
1 1/2 Tablespoons olive oil
1/4 tsp. salt or to taste
4 cups vegetable broth
1. Sauté onions and garlic in olive oil; add salt.
2. Add squash cubes and vegetable broth.
3. Bring to a boil, simmering until squash is tender, about 20 minutes.
4. Using an immersion blender, carefully blend soup in pot until smooth.
5. Serve and enjoy.
Tips for Even Easier Preparation
Recipe adjustments can be made to ease the food preparation if desired. Some retailers sell butternut squash in the produce department already peeled and chopped; frozen can be used too as long as it is defrosted first. Dried minced onions can be substituted for fresh onions and garlic can be purchased already peeled and minced in jars. Vegetable broth is also available in both cans and cartons but look for low-sodium versions (especially important for seniors with high blood pressure or heart disease).
Simply don’t have time to prepare meals for an aging parent or loved one? Learn more about Naples hourly home care, a great service for seniors and families. With the help of an hourly caregiver, families can enjoy peace of mind knowing that their loved one is receiving help with daily activities such as nutritious meal preparation, personal care, transportation and more.
Why Butternut Squash?
Butternut squash yields a healthy dose of vitamin A for seniors, a nutrient that is beneficial in many ways. Vitamin A is essential for creating and regulating white blood cells, the cells that battle against infections within the body. Seniors are also provided with added protection against cancer, atherosclerosis and cataracts due to the antioxidant properties of vitamin A. This vitamin also produces a mineral compound called calcium phosphate that can prevent urinary stone formation.
Interested in learning more about senior nutrition? Reach out to Home Care Assistance of Naples today by calling 239-449-4701. A friendly and experienced Care Manager would be more than happy to answer questions and can also help you schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation to further discuss home care and possible care needs.