There's a popular anonymous quote that says, "The cardiologist's diet: If it tastes good, spit it out." While silly, the quote brings up a valid point that many caregivers have to deal with - it's hard to keep a heart-healthy diet exciting!
If you provide home care assistance for a loved one who has or is at risk for heart disease, you're not alone.
Heart disease is the No. 1 most common cause of death for those 65 and older, according to Everyday Health, and a heart-healthy diet is one of the main ways to prevent it. Here are a few ways to spice up a heart-healthy diet:
Fruits and vegetables are a very important part of a heart-healthy diet, but not everyone loves their taste. Soups are a very flavorful way to get a good serving of veggies in, so toss extra vegetables into your broth-based soup recipes next time you make them.
Bookmark exciting recipes
There are hundreds of recipes for heart-healthy diets online, so take an hour or two to look up some new and exciting ideas. Sit down with your loved one to find recipes you'll both love eating as you provide senior home care.
Buy a variety
Anyone can get bored of a healthy diet if there's no variety with the fruits, vegetables and lean proteins you're using. When shopping, go for a variety of different colors to make sure your client will be getting plenty of flavors and nutrients in the upcoming meals you'll be cooking.