Your mom’s doctor says she has high blood pressure and needs to start watching her sodium intake and become more active. This is all new to her, and she’s having a hard time. Reading the fine print on labels is challenging, and she struggles to find suitable recipes.
She spent the summer gardening to avoid sitting around all day. Now that summer is in full swing, her garden produces a lot of vegetables. You can use those vegetables to create low-sodium soups she can freeze and have ready to eat all winter long.
Curried Lentil Soup
Lentils are high in fiber and protein. They’re also a great source of vitamin B6 and thiamine. Turn them into a vegetable-rich soup by cooking them water, grated carrots, a diced onion, chopped spinach, diced tomatoes, and diced celery. Add curry powder to taste.
Dairy-Free Creamy Vegetable Soup
Turn a variety of vegetables into a creamy soup that’s perfect with a crusty baguette. Choose any vegetables your mom has in abundance, such as zucchini, green beans, kale, onions, and potatoes. Cook them until tender in salt-free vegetable broth. Puree that and add two cups of cashew milk with three teaspoons of cornstarch mixed in. Cook until slightly thickened.
Five-Bean Vegetable Soup
Use up some of your mom’s dried beans in this soup. You want to get two cups of dried beans, such as lentils, navy beans, black-eyed peas, soldier beans, and black beans. Soak them overnight. Cook in eight cups of water until tender. Add sliced carrots, onion, zucchini, green beans, peas, celery, kale, and tomatoes.
Mediterranean Fish Soup
Purchase a pound of cod, haddock, or another mild fish and cut it into cubes. Set that in the refrigerator until needed. Simmer unsalted vegetable broth with a diced onion, chopped leeks, zucchini, carrots, sunchokes, cauliflower, and kale. Add the juice of a lemon and some paprika, while simultaneously adding the fish. Cook for another ten minutes.
Vegetable Barley Soup
This is one of the easiest soups to make in a slow cooker. Put six cups of water and a cup of barley into the pot. Add four cups of any vegetables your mom wants, and some fresh herbs like oregano, chives, and basil. Let it cook in the slow cooker for eight hours.
Caregivers Can Help Your Mom Enjoy a Varied Diet
Does your mom have a hard time shopping for ingredients without a lot of added sodium? Is she struggling to cook meals that match her dietary needs? Hire in-home care aides to cook meals for her. Her caregivers can help her plan a weekly menu, shop for the groceries she needs, and read the labels for her in the store.
With in-home care, your mom gains companionship and has the help she needs to stay independent without risking her health or safety. Her caregiver can join her daily for daily walks. Call a specialist in home care to learn more.
If you or an aging loved one is considering home care in Jacksonville, FL, please contact the caring staff at Companion & Compassion today. 904-502-9052
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