Is homemade soup better for elderly people?
It is really important to maintain a healthy diet as we get older. If you are asking is homemade soup better for elderly people? I firmly believe the answer to this is YES.
Tinned soup will last one or two meals whilst the equivalent amount spent on 3 tins of soup (currently about £4.50 for the leading brand) will yield far more. It takes a little time and effort but it’s a great way to use up veg that is past its best. It reduces food waste, saves money and is far tastier. You also control what goes into it. No added preservatives or additives.
No added salt.
When considering if homemade soup is better for elderly people, it is important to consider salt levels. shop bought tinned soup contains A LOT of salt and this can cause blood pressure to rise and an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. It will also increase thirst and result in a potentially increased risk of dehydration.
Low fat, full of vegetables containing vital vitamins and minerals not to mention fibre. It is a meal in a bowl and is welcomed by elderly people especially as it is filling, warming, and easy meal to eat if someone has dentures or missing teeth.
If love making carrot and coriander soup. If you fancy making this for an elderly person you care for, here is the recipe I used
Carrot and coriander soup recipe.
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 chopped onion
- 1 tsp ground coriander
- 1 chopped potato
- 450g carrots, peeled and chopped
- 1.2l vegetable or chicken stock
- A handful of coriander (about ½ a supermarket packet)
- Heat the oil in a large pan, add the onion, and then fry for 5 mins until softened. Stir in the ground coriander and potato, then cook for 1 min. Add the carrots and stock, and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat. Cover and cook for 20 mins until the carrots are tender.
- Either use a stick whisk or blender to create a smooth lump free soup.