Breakfast is considered the most important meal of the day by many, and for good reason. A healthy meal in the morning can help balance blood sugar, boost energy levels and can help your loved one start his or her day off right. As a Scottsdale caregiver, you are naturally concerned with putting nutritious meals on the table, so here are some suggestions for balanced breakfasts your loved one is sure to enjoy.
- Eggs scrambled with mushrooms and spinach, served with whole wheat toast and orange juice. This meal is rich in protein, iron, Vitamin C and complex carbohydrates that will get the morning off to a good start.
- Old-fashioned or steel-cut oatmeal with dried fruit and nuts, served with coffee and whole wheat toast. Oatmeal is a super food no matter what your age: high in fiber, it aids digestion and has been shown to be an important part of a heart-healthy diet.
- A fruit and yogurt parfait made up of fresh strawberries and oranges layered with low-fat yogurt and topped with a sprinkle of sliced almonds. This breakfast is rich in vitamins and dietary fiber from the fruit, while the yogurt promotes digestive health and the almonds are a good source of healthy monounsaturated fats. Besides that, it tastes like a dessert!
- Whole wheat or buckwheat pancakes with blueberries and syrup, served with turkey bacon and coffee. Whole wheat and buckwheat are both high in fiber and blueberries are rich in vitamins and cancer-fighting antioxidants. Using real maple syrup avoids the high fructose corn syrup found in many brands that has been linked to obesity and diabetes. Turkey bacon is a good source of quality, low-fat protein.
- Veggie and cheese omelet with a fruit salad on the side. Eggs and cheese give your loved one calcium and protein and the fruits are rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber.
- Blueberry-whole wheat breakfast loaf. If your loved one has a sweet tooth, try baking a healthy version of a coffee cake for them; the whole wheat and fruit in this ensures that you will be serving something healthy even if it does taste like splurging.
These are basic menus that you can play around with depending on your loved ones tastes. For instance, you can put any variety of fruits you want in the parfait or any combination of vegetables in the cheese and veggie omelet. No matter which changes you choose to make, they will give your loved one a healthy start to their morning.
If you are unable to help your aging loved one with meal preparation on a regular basis and cooking has become a difficult activity for them to perform, learn more about hourly home care in Scottsdale. Home caregivers can assist with nutritious meal preparation, light housekeeping, medication reminders and so much more.
For more information about the home care services nearest you, contact Home Care Assistance of Scottsdale. We are a premier provider of Scottsdale senior home care and are available 24/7 to answer any questions you might have. Call 480-448-6215 to speak with a Care Manager today.