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Healthy Holiday Meals: Soy-Maple Salmon

With the holidays upon us, the temptation is high to abandon healthy eating and exercise. However, celebrating nutritious holiday meals with family and friends is possible, and is especially important if you care for a senior loved one or are going to have a handful of older guests at your holiday table. Today, Boca Raton Home Care Assistance is going to share one of our favorite holiday dishes that is not only delicious, but packs a big nutritional punch for seniors.

Soy-Maple Salmon

Yield: 4 servings

4 – 5 oz. salmon filets (wild Alaskan is recommended)
2 TBSP low-sodium soy sauce
2 TBSP maple syrup
1 TBSP orange juice
2 garlic cloves (smashed)
Ground black pepper
Sea salt
Ground ginger


Preheat oven to 400°F. In a gallon sized Ziploc bag, add all of your ingredients and put in the refrigerator for approximately 10 minutes. Flip the bag so the other sides of the salmon filets get marinated. Let sit for another 10 minutes.

Using non-stick cooking spray or light oil, coat your baking pan. Place filets in pan, sprinkle with any combination of optional ingredients: black pepper, sea salt and a dash of ginger. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Edges will be a golden color and the salmon will be flaky and tender.

The Health Benefits for Seniors & Older Adults

Salmon is rich in Omega-3, which promotes healthy brain and heart, but did you know it also contains amino acids and essential protein? Additionally, salmon carry bioactive peptides which support joint cartilage and help inflammation of the digestive tract. Wild Alaskan salmon specifically have low mercury levels, so eating salmon two to three times a week is not harmful to the system. Additionally, salmon is rich in Vitamins B-6 and B-12, vitamin D, selenium and potassium.

Still need convincing? The texture is easy to chew plus it doesn’t have the strong fishy smell like tuna. Known as a superfood, salmon is ranks highly with other nutritious options such as oatmeal, beans, legumes, and blueberries!

If you provide care for an aging parent or loved one and are unsure of how you are going to manage your care responsibilities with the preparations that come along with the holidays, reach out to Home Care Assistance of Boca Raton today. While we specialize in live-in care, we also provide Boca Raton part-time care which is the perfect resource for families who need a bit of time to rest, relax or attend to holiday tasks. For more information, call 561-826-9282 and speak with a friendly Care Manager.

As people age, the body tends to need less calories because activities are decreased. As the body matures, so do the taste buds which require modifications to the menu for full palate enjoyment. In the Golden Years, what is put into the body directly affects health, nourishment and energy.