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Caregiver Recipes: Savory Snack Mix Ideas

Home Care Services in Schaumburg, IL

Home Care Services in Schaumburg ILSnacking is an important technique for helping you get through your caregiver day. Grazing on snacks throughout the day helps you to ward off major hunger pangs and keep your cravings for unhealthy foods at bay. This ensures you have the energy you need to get you through your care demands while also helping you to avoid the extra pounds and energy crashes that can come from indulging in sugary, fatty, or salty foods.

A handful of a savory snack mix is a great afternoon pick-me-up when you are craving something satisfying but are not ready for a full meal. These snack mixes feature a crunchy texture, which is proven to make food more satisfying to eat and tricks the brain into thinking you have eaten more, as well as savory, salty flavors that seem to your body like nourishing food rather than a treat. Since sugary foods do not tell the body it is getting nutrition, they tend to leave you wanting to eat more. Salty foods help to curb your hunger faster and keeps you satisfied for longer.

These savory snack mixes are easy to throw together and you can store them in an airtight container for several days, meaning you can make large batches and store them on the counter so you can grab a zipper bag full of your favorite when you are heading out for a long day of taking care of your caregiver responsibilities.

Flavorful Seasoned Oyster Crackers

Stir 1 package ranch dressing mix, 1 teaspoon lemon pepper, 1 teaspoon granulated garlic, 1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed, 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt, 1 teaspoon onion powder, and 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper into 3/4 cup canola oil in a large mixing bowl. Pour 16 ounces of oyster crackers into the bowl and use a plastic spoon or rubber spatula to fold the crackers gently into the oil until completely coated. Spread the mixture across a baking sheet and bake at 275 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes and allow to cool completely before eating.

Elevated Pretzel Mix

Combine 4 cups assorted whole grain cereals such as Cheerios, Life, and Chex, 1/2 cup of finely grated Parmesan cheese (not the powdered kind), and 2 cups of small pretzel rounds in a large mixing bowl. Drizzle 3 tablespoons of olive oil over the ingredients and toss them together with a rubber spatula. Spread in an even layer on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes and allow to cool completely

Nuts and Bolts Mix

Combine 3/4 teaspoon dried thyme, 3/4 teaspoon onion powder, 1 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, 2 teaspoons seasoned salt, 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce, and 10 tablespoons melted butter. Pour this mixture over 4 cups of corn Chex, 4 cups of wheat Chex, 3 cups of rice Chex, 3 cups miniature pretzel sticks, 2 cups Cheerios, and 1 1/2 cups salted peanuts. Use a rubber spatula to mix the ingredients together and spread the mix out on a baking sheet. Bake at 250 degrees for 1 1/2 hours, stirring frequently and allow to cool completely before serving.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care services in Schaumburg, IL, or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Schaumburg at 630-984-2041.

Shelley Fisher
Shelley Fisher

Paul earned his Bachelors degree in Business Administration from James Madison University and his Masters degree in Business from New Hampshire College. His work history is anchored in the Consumer Packaged Goods industry, excelling in various roles of sales and marketing for companies such as Nestle, Frito-Lay, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson. Most recently, Paul served as Vice President of Business Development for a Chicago-based business of forty wellness centers, treating over fifty thousand patients annually.

Shelley earned her Bachelor's degree from James Madison University and her Master's degree in Social Work from Boston College.  She is currently a Doctoral candidate in Social Work at George Williams College of Aurora University and, as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), brings comprehensive knowledge and experience from the social service community to the business.  Throughout her 20-year career, Shelley has worked extensively with the judicial system, child protective services, hospitals, schools, and senior care facilities.

Most importantly, Paul and Shelley Fisher, married for 25 years, are the proud parents of two busy teen-agers and the fortunate adult children of energetic, aging parents.  Both are actively involved in the community and couldn't imagine living or raising their children anywhere but the Chicagoland area.

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