Make Thanksgiving a memorable holiday for seniors who may be recovering from a heart attack or stroke and are feeling restricted with their diet. Although there may be a few modifications that need to be made, Woodbridge, CT, stroke caregivers can still serve a scrumptious dinner that is guilt-free and healthy for older adults in recovery. When creating a menu, keep the following festive and nutritious dishes in mind.
Kick off Thanksgiving dinner with sweet potato-pecan casserole, which is satisfying alternative to the delicious but fattening sweet potato casserole. Honey is used to sweeten the dish instead of brown sugar and you can add seasonal spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg for more flavor.
Quinoa stuffing is a healthy alternative to traditional bread stuffing that contains white bread and can be made with onion, butter, and celery. Instead, use quinoa with cranberries, celery and onion to make a more heart-healthy side for your turkey.
Green bean casserole with crispy shallots will offer plenty of nutrients and is a flavorful way of getting your veggies in during the meal. The dish is a favorite among older adults and often contains mushrooms, fresh thyme, and shaved parmesan cheese.
Your traditional bird can have a twist this year by making turkey roulade with apple-cider gravy, which is more modern and add a touch of elegance to the dinner table. It’s also made without the flour that comes with traditional gravy. Use low-sodium chicken broth to make it appropriate for health-conscious seniors to consume.
End Thanksgiving dinner on a high note by serving a decadent dessert that is one of the highlights of the night. Frozen pumpkin mousse pie is ideal for those who need a healthy alternative to regular pumpkin pie. The recipe calls for low-fat ice cream and pumpkin puree. Caramelized pear bread pudding will also prove to be a hit with its rich texture and flavorful raisins that complement the sweet taste of the dessert. Lemon juice and freshly grated lemon zest can also be included to enhance the sugary taste that seniors will enjoy with each bite.
Discover other healthy alternatives for your loved one’s diet when you call Woodbridge, CT, Home Care Assistance at (203) 444-8575. We provide premier post-stroke care that helps seniors recover quickly and efficiently in the comfort of home. Additionally, our reliable caregivers encourage seniors to maintain heart-healthy diets and regular exercise to promote physical wellness. Call today to schedule a complimentary consultation.