Senior Care in Norwalk, CT
The holidays are quickly approaching. While seniors may be looking forward to fun times with friends and family, holiday parties can also feature meals that aren’t ideal when it comes to health. Of course it is ok to indulge in traditional holiday treats that may only make an appearance on the table once a year, but it is important that seniors try to maintain a healthy diet despite the decadence of holiday feasts. Eating a healthy diet is especially important for seniors who face chronic illnesses such as diabetes and COPD, but healthy eating has benefits for everyone. A healthy diet can boost energy, help maintain a happy mood, keep bones and muscles strong, and even boost immunity. However, eating healthy doesn’t mean seniors need to skip the very best part of dinner - dessert! Here are five easy-to-make, healthy dessert treats that seniors don’t need to worry about enjoying day after day:
Dark Chocolate Nut Cups
Take a blend of your favorite nuts such as almonds, peanuts, cashews, and walnuts and fill paper mini muffin cups with about a tablespoon of the nut mixture. Melt some dark chocolate (70% or higher cacao is best) and use a small spoon to cover the nuts with a little chocolate. Put the cups in the refrigerator until the chocolate hardens and you have a tasty and healthy treat!
Baked pears are a warm and delicious treat that is perfect for a cold winter day. Cut pears in half, use a melon baller to remove the core and place them round-side down on a cookie sheet. Top with a favorite spice such as cinnamon, a tiny bit of honey or brown sugar, and some nuts if you’d like to add a little crunch. Bake the pears at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes and enjoy!
Apples and Dip
Blend equal parts natural peanut butter (ideally the kind without added sugar) and vanilla greek yogurt. Slice up some apples and eat them with this protein-packed dip!
Freeze banana slices, dip them in some melted dark chocolate and re-freeze. Once the chocolate is hardened, they can be stored in an air-tight container in the freezer for a quick and easy on-hand dessert.
In a bowl or a mug, layer vanilla yogurt, crunchy granola, and your favorite berries. This sweet treat also makes a great breakfast!
If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Norwalk, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Stamford, CT at 203-661-6969.