Caring Hearts and Hands: National Soup Month
Nothing compares to the warm taste of soup on a cold, blustery day. People love all kinds of soups, chicken noodle, tomato, French onion, cream of mushroom, etc. Soup can be spicy and hot, rich and flavorful, or a little more toned down and comforting when one is not feeling so well!
But what nutritional value do soups have? Some healthy ingredients and tips:
- Potatoes, beans, green vegetables, certain meats and oils.
- It’s okay if some unhealthy ingredients go into a soup, like salt or pastas, as long as there is a good amount of everything nutritionally satisfying.
- Make sure your soup is full of healthy carbs, fats, vitamins, proteins, etc.
When you are assisting an older adult to eat, remember…
- Eating can be an overwhelming activity. Don’t put large portions in front of a patient, unless you know their eating habits.
- Feed softer foods, such as soup!
- Try to make the soup smell as good as you can to encourage a healthy appetite.
- Always review dietary information for your patient or loved one, before you offer the food, even if you didn’t prepare it.
If you are a caregiver who needs a bit of respite, give us a call. If you are a home care professional who have had some good experience in caring for older adults, we would love to talk to you! We have openings which can meet your needs!