Creative Ways to Include Apples in a Senior's Diet

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Creative Ways to Add More Apples to Your Elderly Loved One’s Diet

By Ted Holmgren, 9:00 am on May 30, 2016

Apples have many health benefits for the elderly. To make sure your senior loved one eats enough of this tasty fruit, you may need to come up with some creative ideas to keep meals interesting for him or her. Scottsdale home care experts have some clever suggestions for including apples in your loved one’s diet. 

Cinnamon Chutney

Eating this type of chutney can help your loved one ward off infection and enhance his or her memory. This dish contains one grated apple, flavored with ground cinnamon. Apples are a wonderful source of pectin, which can help lower your loved one’s bad cholesterol. Cinnamon also has its benefits. According to a study published on the U.S. National Library of Medicine’s website, smelling cinnamon can help boost cognitive function, and eating this spice can help the body battle infections and repair tissue damage.

Walnut Salad

Adding 2 cups of unpeeled apple slices to this nut salad can help preserve your loved one’s brain cells. Research conducted at Cornell University revealed the quercetin found in apples protects brain cells from the type of free radical harm that leads to Alzheimer’s disease. The walnuts can also benefit your loved one’s health because they are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are known for helping hearts remain healthy.

Cooked Shredded Cabbage

A side dish of fried cabbage with one chopped apple added to it can help reduce your loved one’s risk of breast cancer. A study done by researchers at Cornell University found rats that consumed just one apple per day reduced their risk of breast cancer by 17 percent. When they were fed 3 apples daily, the risk was reduced by 39 percent. Cabbage is a brain food that can also greatly help seniors stay healthy. It is rich in anthocyanins and vitamin K, 2 nutrients that can help boost your loved one’s cognitive function.

Banana Nut Muffins

Your loved one can increase his or her bone strength by adding 2 chopped apples to a banana muffin mixture. Boron is an ingredient in apples known to help strengthen bones and make them less brittle. These muffins also have bananas, which are rich in potassium, a must-have mineral that aids in helping seniors maintain normal blood pressure and keep their hearts healthy.

For more suggestions to ensure your loved one eats healthily, turn to Home Care Assistance. Our caregivers are available around the clock to help with meal prep, grocery shopping, and many other daily tasks, and we also offer specialized Parkinson’s, post-stroke, and dementia home care Scottsdale families can rely on. To learn more and to schedule a free in-home consultation, call one of our friendly Care Managers today at 480.448.6215.