All seniors should try to eat as healthy as possible on Thanksgiving, but those who have special dietary restrictions need to be even more mindful of the food they put into their bodies. If your elderly loved one follows a gluten-free diet, Scottsdale Home Care experts recommend a few dishes to consider serving him or her this coming Thanksgiving.
For an easy gluten-free appetizer, make a homemade blend of cereals and spices. Opt for gluten-free cereals like corn squares as the base of the appetizer, and add seasonings like garlic powder for a nutritious flavor boost. Most cereals today are fortified with a wide range of vitamins and minerals to promote good health, and seasonings like garlic help fight inflammation. Pair your loved one’s appetizer with a beverage made from fruit juice and carbonated water for a fresher, healthier alternative to soda.
In addition to being gluten-free, turkey also provides protein, a nutrient that can help boost your loved one’s appetite and promote healthy muscle tone. Avoid adding stuffing or other ingredients that contain gluten, and switch to a low-salt brine or marinade to provide a turkey dish that is healthier for the entire family.
3. Roasted Vegetables
Vegetables contain a variety of vitamins and minerals. For instance, sweet potatoes are tasty, gluten-free, and packed with nutrients. Other options include Brussels sprouts, broccoli, russet potatoes, and butternut squash. Use salt and oils, including butter, sparingly to provide a dish that is also heart healthy.
4. Fruit Desserts
To prepare a gluten-free dessert, opt for fresh or stewed fruit. Use natural sweeteners like stevia and seasonal fruits to keep the dish as healthy as possible. Seasonal options include apples stewed with cinnamon and freshly prepared cranberry compote to serve with the main dish. Prunes are also a gluten-free option and are easy to stew with just hot water. Though fruit does contain sugar, apples and prunes are also high in fiber and contain a variety of vitamins and minerals that promote good health.
If you won’t be having Thanksgiving dinner with your loved one this year and want to make sure he or she will still have an enjoyable and healthy holiday meal, reach out to Home Care Assistance. Our caregivers are available 24/7 and all year long to assist with cooking, grocery shopping, light housekeeping, and much more. We also offer specialized stroke, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s care Scottsdale families trust. For more information and to schedule a free consultation with one of our qualified Care Managers, call (480) 771-2710 today.