Lactose is a form of sugar that is present in milk and all dairy products, which is why it is often hard to find sweet treats that are lactose free. The body normally produces an enzyme called lactase that is used to digest lactose, but lactase levels frequently decline with old age. This results in lactose intolerance that causes indigestion, bloating, diarrhea, and gas whenever a senior consumes dairy products. Though it can be slightly harder to find desserts and treats for seniors with lactose intolerance, there are plenty of excellent products that Wallingford hourly caregivers can make or buy at the store.
Raw Blueberry Cheesecake
This recipe is one of the best dairy-free cheesecake recipes available. It is made from nothing but nuts, fruits, and spices, so it manages to be as creamy and delicious as the real thing without being unhealthy or containing lactose.
A few types of Pop-Tarts do contain dairy, but several flavors, including brown sugar cinnamon, frosted and regular strawberry, wild berry, frosted and regular blueberry, cherry, and apple strudel are all dairy-free.
Coconut Bliss Ice Cream
If your elderly loved one is having a craving for classic creamy ice cream, then this brand is the ideal substitute. The coconut milk has a naturally sweet and creamy taste without containing any lactose or excessive amounts of sugar.
Betty Crocker Frostings
A traditional homemade frosting is full of butter and cream, but Betty Crocker frostings and most other brands of store-bought frosting are made from soybean oils, sugar, and cornstarch instead. Any of these lactose-free frostings can be combined with your favorite recipe for dairy-free cake to make a fantastic treat.
Both Honey Maid Graham Crackers and all types of marshmallows are dairy-free, so it is easy to make the lactose-free version of this gooey summertime treat. Just be sure to choose dark chocolate that does not contain any milk or simply forego the chocolate and use only marshmallow.
Getting seniors to eat a proper diet can be challenging when they have dietary restrictions. Fortunately, at-home care agencies in Wallingford like Home Care Assistance can help seniors prepare nutritious meals that meet their individual needs. In addition, we enable seniors to age independently at home while getting the help they need to exercise regularly, get to medical appointments, and maintain tasks around the house. Contact us at (203) 444-8575 today to learn more and schedule a complimentary consultation.