Seniors with diabetes, high blood sugar, high cholesterol, and other health issues need to change their diet. When you’re cooking for family gatherings, it can seem difficult to meet the different dietary needs. Here are tips on making healthy meals for gatherings where your elderly parents are joining you.
Boost Flavor With Herbs.
A no-salt diet can seem pretty bland, but there are ways to make things taste great when you can’t add salt. Keep fresh lemons and limes on hand. Citrus juice adds flavor.
Fresh herbs are also handy. You can grow them on a window sill. Basil, parsley, cilantro, thyme, sage, and chives are easy to grow inside. If you’re buying fresh herbs, wrap the stems in a damp paper towel to keep them fresh for longer.
Spice blends contain no salt and come in a number of varieties. You’ll find these blends are handy to keep on the table if your mom or dad wants to add more flavor to something you’ve cooked.
Switch to Heart-Healthy Oils.
If you’re roasting vegetables, sauteing onions and celery for stuffing, or pan frying a chicken breast, use heart-healthy oils to cut down unnecessary fat. Avocado, olive, sunflower, and walnut oils are often better choices than vegetable, corn, or canola oils.
Many companies make oil sprays using the healthier oils. A little of this oil spray goes a long way, so a bottle will last for weeks.
Avoid Added Sugar.
When possible, avoid white sugar, corn syrup, and powdered sugar. If you want to make a dessert, look for natural ways to sweeten things instead. You could run bananas, unsweetened juice, and frozen berries through a food processor or blender until smooth. Freeze it and make a natural sorbet. If you have a Yonanas machine, bananas and frozen fruit are easy to turn into a faux ice cream dessert.
For baked treats, use honey, maple syrup, stevia, or agave nectar to sweeten things. As some of those natural sweeteners can raise blood sugar levels, make sure the treats are eaten in moderation.
If your mom and dad struggle with meal preparation, hire a caregiver to help them adjust to the new dietary restrictions. Caregivers can help them create a shopping list, take them shopping, and cook meals for them. Elder care professionals also help with transportation to appointments and medication reminders. Learn more about elder care services by making a quick call.
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