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Nutritious Meals Older Adults Can Enjoy in Summer

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Your elderly loved one can enjoy backyard barbecues and family gatherings in the summer months, due to the warmer temperatures and longer hours of daylight. However, you need to ensure the meals your loved one eats are healthy and filling. Here are some nutritious meals that are ideal for seniors to eat in the summer.

Thai Chicken and Watermelon Salad

Thai cuisine offers aging adults the vitamins and iron their bodies need. The Thai sauce used to coat the chicken is typically made with basil, Kaffir lime leaves, and lemongrass, which are rich in antioxidants. Chicken is a lean meat that can lower the risk of cancer and osteoporosis. Adding watermelon to this dish can reduce your loved one’s risk of a heart attack and reduce his or her cholesterol and blood pressure levels. When making this summertime meal, leave the watermelon seeds in the dish. These seeds, like flax and chia seeds, provide the zinc, magnesium, vitamin B, and potassium seniors need. 

Many seniors need help cooking healthy meals. If your aging loved one needs help managing everyday tasks or encouragement to adopt healthier lifestyle choices, turn to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of home care. North Broward Home Care Assistance provides professional in-home caregivers around the clock to help seniors live longer, happier, and healthier lives.

Grilled Salmon Summer Salad 

A grilled salmon summer salad consists of salmon, salad greens, sliced peaches, grilled corn, and tomatoes. To make this summer meal tastier, drizzle olive oil and balsamic vinegar over the salad. The foods used in this meal are high in potassium, vitamin B, selenium, and protein. All of these nutrients can preserve your loved one’s brain health, reducing the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s. This dish is quick to make, but it will leave your loved one feeling full without overeating, which could lower the risk of obesity and diabetes. 

Caring for an older adult with a serious health issue such as diabetes can be challenging. If you are the primary caregiver for a senior family member and you need respite care, North Broward, FL, Home Care Assistance is here to help. Our respite caregivers are trained to assist older adults with a wide variety of everyday tasks, including meal prep, physical activity, and personal hygiene. We also provide 24-hour care and specialized care for seniors with Alzheimer’s, dementia, and Parkinson’s.

Grilled Turkey Burger and Sweet Potato Fries 

A turkey burger is a good source of protein for older adults. The nutrients can help seniors maintain strong muscles, which leads to good health, independence, and a better quality of life in the golden years. The grilled sweet potato fries prevent inflammation, ease digestion, and enhance vision. If you decide to fry the sweet potato fries, use olive oil to provide your loved one with the omega-3 fatty acids needed to lower blood and cholesterol levels. 

Pineapple Chicken Stir-Fry 

When you want to cook a delicious summer meal that increases your loved one’s bone and eye health, a pineapple chicken stir-fry should be at the top of your list. Lean meat such as chicken is the ideal choice for older adults, as opposed to red meats and processed foods. A pineapple chicken stir-fry can boost your loved one’s immune system and facilitate digestion. The anti-inflammatory benefits from this summertime meal can strengthen your loved one’s bone health and lower his or her risk of developing osteoporosis.

Eating nutritious meals in summer is a great way to enhance an aging adult’s overall quality of life. If you have a senior loved one who needs help maintaining a high quality of life while aging in place, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of home care North Broward families can rely on. All of our caregivers are bonded, licensed, and insured, there are no hidden fees, and we never ask our clients to sign long-term contracts. Call us at 954-906-5161 to learn about ways our family caregivers can help your elderly loved one.