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7 Healthy Thanksgiving Foods Older Adults Will Appreciate

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On Thanksgiving Day, people often stuff themselves with unhealthy foods. However, this special day can still be celebrated even if your aging loved one is trying to stay healthy. Plenty of traditional Thanksgiving foods can be nutritious as long as you avoid adding excessive amounts of sugar and fat to them. Seniors can greatly benefit from the following seven foods commonly served on Thanksgiving.

1. Green Beans

Green beans can still be a part of your loved one’s Thanksgiving meal as long as you avoid topping them with processed, sodium-rich canned soups. Lightly sautéed green beans are tasty, and they’re a great way to get the phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, and other micronutrients your loved one needs. 

Eating nutritious foods is not the only way older adults can boost their health. Seniors who want to remain healthy as they age can benefit in a variety of ways when they receive professional home care. Palm Beach, FL, Home Care Assistance is here to help your loved one accomplish daily tasks, prevent illness, and focus on living a healthier and more fulfilling life.

2. Turkey

Both light and dark meat in turkey can be healthy for seniors. Turkey is a form of lean meat that provides protein without containing excessive amounts of saturated fat. The helpful protein can keep seniors feeling full for hours, and it’s needed to build healthy cells.

3. Brussels Sprouts

To bring out the rich flavors of Brussels sprouts, roast them instead of boiling them. These vegetables have certain compounds that reduce cancer risks and keep the immune system strong.

4. Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs are a surprisingly healthy option when made with reduced amounts of mayonnaise. Eggs are a great source of vitamin D and protein, which seniors need to prevent osteoporosis. Eating protein-rich eggs is better than consuming sugary snacks.

Many seniors need help preparing nutritious meals. If your aging loved one needs occasional help with bathing, grooming, cooking, or other basic household tasks, or if you need time to attend to important personal matters, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of live-in and respite care. Palm Beach seniors can maintain their independence while living at home with the help of our reliable respite caregivers.

5. Sweet Potatoes

A single cup of sweet potatoes is abundant in fiber and vitamin A. Roast sweet potatoes with olive oil instead of topping them with marshmallows to cut back on sugar. Another good option is mashing them and using them to replace traditional mashed potatoes.

6. Baked Apples

Apples loaded with spices and nuts taste just as good as an apple pie without being loaded with sugar and saturated fats. Baked apples are a healthy alternative to traditional desserts because they provide the fiber needed to digest the rest of the meal. Cinnamon can normalize blood sugar levels, which reduces the risk of blood sugar spikes after a heavy meal.

7. Homemade Cranberry Sauce

No Thanksgiving is complete without cranberry sauce, but you may want to skip the sugary canned variety. Instead, use a combination of orange juice and fresh cranberries to create a healthy sauce loaded with vitamins B, E, and C. These helpful berries also contain nutrients that can reduce the symptoms of a urinary tract infection.

Older adults who need help preparing meals or managing other daily tasks can benefit from professional in-home care. If your senior loved one needs hourly or live-in care, Palm Beach Home Care Assistance can help. Our caregivers can assist with exercise and mobility, prepare nutritious meals, provide timely medication reminders, and help with a wide array of other important daily tasks. To hire a professionally trained caregiver for your aging parent, give us a call at 561.429.8292 today.