What’s something that’s great for the fall season and is also healthy for seniors? Butternut squash and sweet potato soup! At Douglas County Home Care Assistance we’re always looking for great new recipes to share with our seniors and clients because we know the positive impact that a healthy diet can have on overall health. The various vegetables and spices of this recipe not only pack a powerful punch of vitamins and nutrients, this particular soup is easy to make and only requires a handful of ingredients.
What You’ll Need
Half a butternut squash, seeded and cut into cubes
1 sweet potato, peeled and cut into cubes
4 cups of low-salt vegetable broth
Half a cup of potato flakes for thickener
A dash of cinnamon
A dash of nutmeg
A bag of fresh spinach leaves
After gathering the ingredients, pull out your trusty crock pot and add all of the above items except for the spinach leaves (which will be used for garnish at the end). Turn the crock pot onto medium and let the ingredients cook down for 4-6 hours. Once the cook time has elapsed, stir until you reach a smooth consistency, serve with a few leaves of fresh spinach, and enjoy!
This recipe makes about six servings so it’s great for family dinners or it can be saved for later. And because it’s so easy to make, it is perfect for aging adults and family caregivers who may be short on time. If you don’t have time to assist your loved one or feel they need additional help with household tasks like meal preparation, click here and see how a part-time hourly home caregiver in Douglas County could help.
The Health Benefits
Both butternut squash and sweet potatoes are rich in Vitamin A, which promotes heart health and good eyesight. Vitamin A also has antioxidants, which fight free radicals that cause aging.
Butternut squash in particular is also loaded with potassium which helps to lower blood pressure, and magnesium that raises good HDL cholesterol. This fall vegetable can also reduce the risk of gallstones, and even keep cancer cells from developing. Sweet potatoes on the other hand are packed with more vitamins, both C and D, which can promote healthy immune system functioning, increase collagen production (helping to strengthen bones and prevent falls) and increase energy through increased production of red blood cells.
For more information about senior nutrition or in-home senior care, reach out to Home Care Assistance of Douglas County at 720-441-3522 and speak with one of our friendly and knowledgeable Care Managers.