Soups and stews are traditionally thought of as winter meals. Their warmth and rich texture can be soothing when the snow is falling and the weather is cold. Because of their heat, they are often left out of summer meal routines even though they can be very healthy meals. Many soups are filled with nutrient-dense vegetables, beans, meats, and more and they can also be very easy to make. The same is true for summer soups which are served cold. They can make for very nutritious meals that are both refreshing and delicious. Another bonus is that many cold soups will fit perfectly into your senior loved one’s healthy meal plan.
Read on for a few ideas and tips for making cold soups for your senior at home.
- Melon Soup
Plain melon that is fresh and cut into bite-sized pieces is the perfect refreshing summer snack. Sweet and refreshing melon can also be used to make delicious chilled soups. Try blending cantaloupe, honeydew, or both with orange juice, honey, and fresh mint leaves to make an easy chilled soup that can be eaten at any meal of the day. Simply puree the ingredients in a blender or food processor to liquify them to the perfect texture. Another great melon soup features the summer favorite – watermelon. Watermelon can be pureed with orange juice, honey, fresh ginger, yogurt, and lime juice to make a very healthy and tasty summer dish.
Gazpacho is a Spanish chilled soup that features a tomato base and a variety of raw vegetables as well as a bit of bread and olive oil. There are many variations on this very old favorite and it can be customized to accommodate your loved one’s taste. Making gazpacho is a great way to serve a variety of vegetable which your loved one needs in their diet. This soup is refreshing and delicious, but it is very nutrient-dense as well and it is a great dish to include in a regular summer meal routine!
- Blueberry Breakfast Soup
Blending fresh blueberries, yogurt, juice of choice, and little lemon juice and cinnamon can make a sweet and tart “soup” that is great for breakfast or even dessert. When enjoying this soup your loved one will be be getting a great serving of protein, calcium, vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants.