It’s a time-honored fact that we should be observing a healthy diet at any age. We’ve all gotten the advice to eat more fruits and veggies at some point in our lives. But are we really getting enough? The recommended daily servings range from five to seven, but hitting that quota can be hard. Preparing freshly made fruit and vegetable dishes can be time-consuming, and it’s difficult to juggle that with the attentive care that your loved ones may need round the clock. Your loved ones may also find it hard to digest fibrous, chewy foods. We’re here to help with some tips that guarantee that your loved ones will have the fruits and veggies that they need in their diet.
Communicating with Your Loved Ones
Your loved one may not enjoy eating fruits and vegetables, but have you ever asked them why? Maybe the vegetables that you’re preparing aren’t the ones they like. They may not like cauliflower but may be a huge fan of snow peas. Or, maybe they just find it exhausting to have broccoli prepared the same way at dinner all the time. Have a detailed conversation with your loved ones about which foods they prefer. This can function as a point of reference for future meal prep or grocery store shopping lists. If they cite how vegetables are often too bland to be enjoyable, don’t hesitate to include some spices or seasonings in your vegetable prep. This will help take your vegetable dishes to the next level. Good communication will eventually help you boost your loved ones’ immunity and help them to lead healthier, happier lives.
Cooking Vegetables Via The Steaming Method
Dealing with digestion can be tough, especially for raw vegetables. Instead, try steaming vegetables like carrots, green beans and broccoli before serving. Steaming is a better cooking method than boiling because you’ll be able to retain the vegetable’s nutrient content, while softening them enough to be palatable. To aid eating and digestion, consider cutting the vegetables into bite-sized pieces.
Creating Vegetable Purees
Other ways to make vegetables easy to digest include creating pureed soups. Your loved ones will get their daily dose of vegetables in a warm and comforting soup. If your loved one has difficulty chewing and is experiencing dental problems, pureed soups are great alternatives to serving whole vegetables. Possible flavor combinations include roasted red peppers and carrots.
Making Fruit Ice Cream
Blended, frozen bananas are incredible healthy dessert options for your loved ones. Creamy and delicious, this dessert also has the added benefit of being all-natural. If your loved one has a sweet tooth, this is guaranteed to satisfy it – at no cost to their health.
Healthy Aging in Our Community
Eating healthily is so important at any age. At Rittenhouse Village At Muhlenberg, we offer mouthwatering, chef-prepared meals daily. With healthy dining options and a large selection of menu options, your loved ones will surely enjoy their dining experience. Join us for a healthy and vibrant retirement lifestyle today!