There are many options for Thanksgiving dinners specifically for seniors recovering from strokes or heart attacks. Indianapolis live-in caregivers don’t have to worry about serving fattening food this year. They can simply discard anything with too many calories or trans fats. Here are a few heart-healthy ideas to get you started.
One good idea for a senior recovering from a heart attack is to buy a turkey, stuff it with fruit, and use low-fat gravy on the side. It’s a healthy alternative to regular gravy and stuffing, both of which can often be filled with excess fat and sodium. Even vegetable stuffing would also be a better alternative if the senior prefers a less fruity or sweet taste to his or her turkey.
Indianapolis at-home care providers know caregivers don’t always have the time to prepare a turkey from scratch. Another easy alternative for at-home caregivers is to buy an herb turkey, where herbs have been rubbed in place of salt or glaze. This is another much healthier alternative and is sure to taste just as good, but without the harmful ingredients in most typical meals.
Some of these side dishes are also good for seniors recovering from strokes and heart attacks. Seniors should avoid excess salt and sugar while recovering at home, so a nutritional soup or vegetable side would make a great addition to their Thanksgiving meal. Some festive examples of these kinds of dishes would be curry pumpkin soup or vegan cream corn. These two dishes are not only good for the taste buds, but they’re also very healthy for most individuals.
As for a balanced, nutritional dessert, pudding is great for seniors with cardiovascular issues. Yogurt would also make a great dessert on Thanksgiving for seniors with these health concerns. They could try either dessert in a variety of flavors, including sugar-free chocolate, vanilla or strawberry. For a more seasonal dessert, try a caramel or pumpkin flavor.
In order for seniors to recover quickly and efficiently from stroke or heart attack, they must adopt balanced care routines. Home Care Assistance of Indianapolis encourages seniors to eat healthy and exercise regularly as part of our proprietary Balanced Care Method (BCM). This scientifically proven method is based on studies in Okinawa, Japan, where seniors experience longevity and vitality as a result of healthy diet, physical activity and active social lives. Call us today at [hca_phone] to learn more about BCM and how it can benefit your loved one.