Senior Care in Redding, CT
Nutrition is a critical element of your elderly care plan, but that does not mean that it is always easy to make sure that your seniors are getting the nutrients that they need to keep their bodies functioning properly and maintain their health and wellbeing. It can be challenging to fit preparing healthy, delicious, and satisfying meals into an already busy elderly care routine, and if you also have to go to the grocery store a few times to make sure that you have everything to create these meals, it is even more of a time crunch. By stocking your seniors' kitchen with basic kitchen staples, you give yourself a strong foundation to create meals quickly and easily without sacrificing nutritional value or flavor.
Making sure that your aging loved ones always have some basic kitchen staples on hand does take some planning and maintenance. You must remember to keep track of the items that you use so you purchase them on time so that your seniors never actually run out of them. This is a great thing to ask their elderly health care services provider to do for you. Getting out to the grocery store can be a stimulating activity for your seniors while also saving you time.
Some of the kitchen staples you should always have on hand to create nutritious, delicious, and time-friendly meals for your aging loved ones include:
• Extra virgin olive oil. Some fat is necessary in the diet to promote health, support metabolic function, and ensure the body absorbs the vitamins that it needs. Extra virgin olive oil is an extremely healthy oil, considered by many to be the core reason the Mediterranean style of eating promotes such fantastic health benefits. This oil is delicious for all types of cooking and can also be used for dressings and sauces.
• Greek yogurt. Greek yogurt has boomed in popularity in recent years, and for good reason. Not only is this thick and rich dairy product delicious and versatile, it offers exceptional nutrition. A single serving can offer upwards of 10 grams of protein without fat. It is perfect for eating as a snack with fruit, honey, or granola, or you can add the plain version as an ingredient in a variety of recipes in the place of other foods such as sour cream or mayonnaise.
• Beans. Inexpensive, flavorful, and high in nutrition, beans should be a constant presence in your pantry in many different forms. Canned versions have the additional convenience of being pre-cooked, but dried versions are less expensive and do not feature the added salt of canned versions. Eat these as a side, incorporate them into salads, grind them up to use as a meat replacement or to stretch the meat in your recipes, or even put them in your baked goods for extra moisture, fiber, and protein.
• Herbs. Salt is not the only way to make food taste good. Having a variety of herbs available encourages you, your seniors, and their elderly health care services provider to experiment with different flavor profiles so you can boost the experience while keeping the food healthy.
If you or an aging loved one are considering caregivers in Ridgefield, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Danbury, CT at 203-731-2544.