There’s no doubt that everyone can benefit from eating more vegetables. The health benefits from the vitamins, minerals, nutrients, and fiber found in vegetables boosts the body’s health and wellness, helping to fight disease, resist illness, and optimize function. Seniors especially can benefit from an increase of vegetables in their diet. Family caregivers and home care providers can certainly increase the amount of vegetables that an elderly adult eats by including more in meals and snacks.
One of the biggest challenges in getting seniors to eat more vegetables is to overcome their distaste for them. Some people simply don’t like vegetables or stubbornly refuse to try new tastes and textures. It can be hard for family caregivers and home care providers to entice elderly adults to give vegetables a try. Fortunately, there are several tips they can use to get seniors to eat more vegetables:
- Use spices, seasonings and healthy oils to turn bland vegetables into tasty side dishes.
- Serve up green smoothies, sweet-tasting shakes that include leafy greens.
- Prepare the vegetables in a variety of different ways, such as roasting or stir fried instead of steamed all the time.
- Add vegetable puree to casseroles, soups, sauces and other dishes.
- Dice or mince the vegetables and add to favorite pasta dishes like lasagna or fettuccini alfredo.
- Purchase a spiralizer and make vegetable noodles out of zucchini, asparagus, cucumbers and squash.
- Make homemade soups and stews with lots of vegetables and savory flavors in a slow cooker.
- Get creative when including veggies in favorite dishes, such as tomato slices inside a grilled cheese sandwiches or chopped peppers in macaroni and cheese.
- Add chopped vegetables to scrambled eggs, frittatas, or quesadillas for a healthy, veggie-filled breakfast.
- Bulk up ground beef with finely shredded carrots, zucchini, or sweet potato mixed in for hamburgers or meat loaf.
- Toss vegetable and chicken kabobs into the oven or grill outside in good weather.
- Pile vegetables on top of a homemade supreme pizza.
- Look up bread recipes that incorporate vegetables, such as zucchini bread and sweet potato bread.
- Make creamy dips for dunking raw vegetable spears as a snack.
- Find veggie brownie recipes online, where pureed sweet potatoes or spinach are incorporated into the batter.
- Check out the latest healthy dessert craze—avocado chocolate pudding cups.
Often, when elderly adults feel as if they are losing control in many areas of their life, they grow more stubborn in areas where they do have some say. Many family caregivers have experienced new food aversions with their aging relatives, even if they’ve liked the vegetable dishes in the past. The key to successfully increasing vegetable intake is to select good recipes and take the time to thoughtfully and creatively incorporate new ingredients.
If you or an aging loved one are considering caregiver services in Madison, FL, please call the caring staff at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care today at 850-386-5552. Providing Senior Care Services in North Florida
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