Do you and your loved ones eat a heart-healthy breakfast ever morning? The power of a healthy breakfast tends to be underestimated, and we at SYNERGY HomeCare South Orange County researched to find manageable breakfast foods for you and your senior parent to enjoy!
Wholesome, energizing breakfasts are essential to leading a healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately, seniors are at an increased risk for malnutrition and poor digestive health. Therefore, it’s important to maintain a balance meal and exercise regularly. Balanced nutrition, as well as an active lifestyle, allow you and your parent to live longer and stronger, maintain a sharp mind and feel great!
When you and your loved one eat a healthy breakfast, you’re more likely to eat more vitamins and minerals, eat less fat and cholesterol, control your weight and have better concentration and productivity throughout the morning, which may reduce your risk of heart disease, according to Mayo Clinic. The core of a healthy breakfast includes:
- Whole grains. Examples include whole-grain rolls, bagels, hot or cold whole-grain cereals, low-fat bran muffins, crackers or Melba toast.
- Low-fat protein. Examples include peanut butter, lean meat, poultry or fish or hard-boiled eggs.
- Low-fat dairy. Examples include skim milk, low-fat yogurt and low-fat cheeses, such as cottage and natural cheeses.
- Fruits and vegetables. Examples include fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables, 100 percent juice beverages without added sugar or fruit and vegetable smoothies. Choose low-sodium versions of beverages.
If you feel your elderly loved one is malnourished, static or depressed, consider hiring a SYNERGY HomeCare South Orange County caregiver to help increase and invigorate your parent’s quality of life. Our caregivers offer nutritious meal planning and preparation, encourage light exercise, perform medication reminders and so much more. Call us today! (949) 331-9400