6 Nutritious Foods to Serve Seniors on Thanksgiving

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6 Healthy Foods Older Adults Can Eat on Thanksgiving

By Ted Holmgren, 9:00 am on November 6, 2017

Thanksgiving is normally associated with sugary and fatty foods, but it is still possible for seniors to enjoy a meal with loved ones without upsetting their stomach. A lot of Thanksgiving classics are surprisingly healthy. Try serving these six nutritious foods the next time you celebrate Thanksgiving with your senior loved one.

1. Skinless Turkey

As long as you remove the skin, turkey meat is low in fat, and it is a very easily digestible protein. In addition to being a great source of protein, turkey also contains iron, potassium, zinc, and several other nutrients seniors need. 

Consider hiring a professional caregiver if your loved one needs help preparing nutritious meals. When considering non-medical in-home care, Scottsdale, AZ, families should make sure their senior loved ones have the resources they need to maintain their independence and remain healthy. Trusted in-home care professionals can assist seniors with daily tasks like cooking, bathing, and exercise, and they can also encourage them to focus on healthier lifestyle habits.  

2. Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Skip the canned sauce loaded with sugar and preservatives, and make your own homemade sauce instead. A serving of cranberries provides almost a quarter of the vitamin C seniors need each day. In addition to containing powerful antioxidants, cranberries are also loaded with fiber, which can boost digestive health. Your loved one can get all the wonderful benefits of cranberries without the side effects of canned sauce by making homemade cranberry sauce with little sugar.

3. Apple Crisp

Instead of a sugary and fatty apple pie, make a classic apple crisp by cooking apples with cinnamon and topping with a crumbled mixture. An apple crisp requires less sugar than most pies, and it contains heart-healthy oats instead of a pastry crust made from white flour and fat.

4. Roasted Root Vegetables

Root vegetables like yams, sweet potatoes, carrots, parsnips, and turnips are all traditional fall vegetables. Instead of coating root vegetables with marshmallow or sugar toppings, try cutting them up and roasting them in the oven. A roasted root vegetable medley provides plenty of vitamins and A, which are essential for eye health.

5. Mashed Cauliflower

Mashed cauliflower looks a lot like mashed potatoes, but this dish is not likely to cause blood sugar spikes in seniors with diabetes. You can prepare mashed cauliflower by pureeing cauliflower with a little butter, salt, and pepper. Since cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower contain protective antioxidants that prevent cancer, it is a great food to add to your loved one’s diet.

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6. Whole-Grain Stuffing

When you use the right ingredients, stuffing can be one of the healthiest options for Thanksgiving. To make a healthy stuffing, use a small amount of whole-grain bread along with plenty of dried fruits, celery, and onions. The result is a low-calorie stuffing packed with healthy fiber and nutrients. You can even add a few eggs to the stuffing to ensure your loved one gets enough protein.

Switching to healthy meals is one of the many ways seniors can boost their health and enjoy a high quality of life. A Scottsdale elderly caregiver can help your elderly loved one manage his or her health in a variety of ways. If your loved one needs encouragement to exercise more often, eat healthier foods, or socialize on a regular basis, an in-home caregiver can address these and many other health-related concerns. To create a comprehensive in-home care plan for your senior loved one, call Home Care Assistance at 480.448.6215 today.