Caregivers in Fountain Hills AZ
Encouraging your elderly loved one to eat a diet that is well balanced, healthy, and packed with the nutrients that their body needs is an important part of keeping them at their best as they age in place. What your loved one eats makes a tremendous impact on their body’s functioning as well as their ability to ward off medical issues and health concerns. Adding nutrient-rich foods into their diet can help them to stay more active, engaged, functional, and healthy throughout their later years.
October is Spinach Lovers Month. This is the perfect time to find delicious and satisfying ways to add more of this leafy green into your parent’s regular diet. A nutritional powerhouse, spinach is packed with vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A,E,K, and B6, as well as manganese, magnesium, iron, copper, zinc, and potassium. Spinach also offers protein, dietary fiber, and antioxidants for a nutritional boost that benefits the entire body.
Many elderly adults shy away from the idea of eating spinach because they remember the slimy, overcooked canned version that was popular years ago. Now, though, there are many more ways that you can enjoy the fresh flavor and satisfying texture of spinach. Try some of these tasty ways that you can get more spinach into your loved one’s diet:
• Smoothies. Smoothies are exceptional ways to get good nutrition into your parent’s regular diet. They are fast, easy to consume, and highly customizable to ensure that your parent gets what they need with a flavor that they love. While you might first think of all of the fruits that you can integrate into a tasty smoothie for your aging parent, do not discount the value of adding in some spinach. A handful or two of fresh baby spinach can add a slightly earthy, sweet flavor as well as a thicker texture.
• Baked pasta. Baked pasta dishes such as lasagna are family favorites and great vehicles for extra nutrition. Try chopping spinach or using frozen spinach to bulk up your pasta sauce or to add an extra layer of flavor and nutrients to your pasta filling. Cook the spinach down with onions and garlic and then drain for added flavor and to prevent your dish from becoming too watery.
• Soups. It is definitely soup time of the year and there are few things better during these months than to curl up with a big bowl of your favorite savory soup or stew. The next time that you are making a pot of your homemade bean, vegetable, chicken, or even beef soup or stew, add in a few handfuls of spinach. There is no need to cook the spinach in advance as it will wilt down in the soup and create a more satisfying texture for you to enjoy. If your parent has difficulties chewing or swallowing you will want to make sure that the spinach is well torn or chopped so that it does not create a choking hazard when eaten.
If you or an aging loved one are considering caregivers in Fountain Hills, AZ, contact the caring staff at Assisting Hands Home Care at (480) 725-7002.
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