For some seniors receiving home care, a low sodium diet is important for their health, and may be recommended to them by their doctor for health concerns such as high blood pressure or heart conditions.
Sodium is a mineral found in many foods, especially salt. Eating a diet high in salt can cause the body to keep or retain water which can worsen fluid build-up that happens with heart failure, and also increase swelling and can make breathing more difficult.
It is important for some seniors and their caregivers to be mindful about their sodium intake, but you want to also ensure that your senior eats well and may worry about food being too bland and not enticing for them. Or, maybe you have a senior parent or loved one who is extremely picky about the foods and prepared meals that they will eat, or is used to a high-salt diet and you wonder how they will do with restrictions.
If you are the person responsible for meal preparation for the senior in your life, there are many ways that you can experiment with herbs, fruits, spices, and even vinegars which are all natural and healthy ways to boost the flavor of the foods you feed your loved one without the use of salt.
Here are some ways to keep food tasting good without any added sodium:
Dried or fresh, herbs are a wonderful way to pack your food dishes with flavor, without the use of salt or sodium that your senior is trying to avoid. Some great choices of herbs to use are cilantro, mint, rosemary, thyme, sage, chives, basil, dill, and oregano. If using fresh herbs, chop a small handful and add it to dishes of meat, pasta, or veggies to give it a pop of fresh flavor. Start with a little and you can always add more if your senior likes the flavor.
The zest of citrus fruits such as lemon, orange, and grapefruit can be added to marinades or sprinkled into pastas and other prepared meals for a wonderful burst of fresh flavor. You can also squeeze lemons, limes, or oranges into certain dishes for a citrusy surprise.
Another great way to flavor up your senior’s meals without using salt is to use spices that they like. Curry, cumin, ginger, turmeric, nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon are all good choices for sprucing up meals. Less is more though, so don’t overdo it.
Vinegar is also a way to add a splash of flavor to your senior’s dishes and there are different kinds you can experiment with.
If your senior getting home care has been told they need to reduce their sodium intake, get creative and try these ideas to see what your senior likes. You may even enjoy working in the kitchen together to come up with new meal ideas that you can both enjoy.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Home Care in Quincy, 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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