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Healthy Thanksgiving Meals for Aging Loved Ones

Thanksgiving is an amazing time for family and friends to get together and celebrate the holidays, but for aging loved ones, the holidays can be a stressful time with temptations of unhealthy foods. If you care for an aging loved one or are hosting Thanksgiving dinner, there are a few modifications you can make to some of your favorite dishes to help promote health not only for your aging family members, but for all of your guests! Check out some healthy alternatives for some of the most popular and classic Thanksgiving dishes, presented by Home Care Assistance of Boca Raton, FL.

  • Mashed Cauliflower – Mashed potatoes are a staple of almost every Thanksgiving dinner, but the starchy favorite can be quite unhealthy. A healthy alternative to mashed potatoes is mashed cauliflower. The cauliflower can be cooked and mashed with garlic and buttermilk, but for an even healthier variety, the buttermilk can be replaced with Greek yogurt. And if you simply can’t sacrifice your holiday potatoes, try a half potato half cauliflower mix – most people can hardly tell the difference
  • Turkey Sausage Stuffing – Many Thanksgiving dinner tables have a sausage stuffing served with the main meat. Sausage can be replaced in this Thanksgiving favorite dish with healthier, lean protein such as turkey. The white bread in the stuffing can also be replaced with whole wheat bread. Turkey sausage stuffing keeps the traditional stuffing flavoring but puts a whole new spin on the favorite dish.
  • Apple Cider Gravy – Turkey and stuffing is not complete without being smothered in some kind of scrumptious gravy, but many gravies contain extremely high fat content and are full of calories. Apple cider gravy is a healthier alternative to the traditional variation, but still packs a flavorful punch that allows individuals to enjoy their traditional turkey and stuffing smothered with gravy.

It is important for your aging loved ones to eat properly every other day of the year, so why would Thanksgiving be any different? Plus, the above options pack an incredible amount of vitamins, protein and can even help with heart health and weight management.

If you provide part or full-time care for a senior in Boca Raton and are concerned about your ability to juggle the demands of the holiday season with your caregiving responsibilities, consider respite care. A trained and professional in-home caregiver can provide your loved one with the high level of care they need and deserve so you can take time for yourself.

For more information about in-home senior care or respite, reach out to a friendly and knowledgeable Home Care Assistance Care Manager today. Call 561-826-9282  – we’re here to help twenty four hours a day, seven days a week.