With the winter months drawing to a close and spring just around the corner, it is a wonderful time to take a scenic trip down to a nearby park or beach to enjoy the lovely weather and a picnic. This is a great way to engage with your loved ones, by allowing them to feel stimulated and boost their mood. However, planning picnic meals for your loved ones may be a challenge. Fret not! For we are here to help with some ideas for nutritious picnic foods that are not only healthy and nutritious but also tasty.
Prepare Sugar-Free Options
Excessive sugar can be harmful to many of your loved ones as they may suffer from ailments such as diabetes. However, there are many alternative options to help curb their sugar cravings and satisfy their sweet tooth. One option is fruits, such as berries (blueberries, strawberries, gooseberries, blackberries and, raspberries). Not only are they delicious, but they have been shown to combat memory loss. These tasty treats contain antioxidants that have been known to slow down the onset of Alzheimer’s and dementia. Another fruit option is watermelon, which is packed full of nutrients that are greatly beneficial to the cardiovascular and bone health of older adults. Moreover, studies show that watermelon also prevents prostate cancer in older males. Finally, many grocery stores sell healthy dessert substitutes such as sugar-free cookies and cakes.
Ensure You Prepare Sufficient Protein
Protein is an important part of every meal, especially for seniors who often suffer from a lack of sufficient protein. A healthy meat option is grilling some chicken for your loved one. Lean proteins such as chicken and seafood are important for building up a strong immune system and strengthening muscles. However, if you’re your one does not like meat, or is unable to consume meat, then you can consider alternative sources of protein such as tofu or eggs. For example, you could make a batch of deviled eggs that contain large amounts of protein and other vitamins that would benefit your loved one. These eggs are not difficult to make and still taste great!
Remember to Stay Hydrated
While enjoying a picnic, it is easy to lose track of time and forget to drink adequate fluids to stay hydrated. Water helps keep the body cool, and combats the hot weather, Hence, do be sure to pack some refreshing and cooling beverages to quench your thirst! You can even bring a flask along so that your water stays cold and the ice cubes do not melt. You can also consider spicing up the water by adding in a touch strawberries or lemon slices for a more zesty and appealing taste.
These are just some tips and ideas to help you have a wonderful picnic with your loved ones. Do consider taking the time to bring your loved one out. Not only is this a chance for them to relax and destress, but it is also a way for you to spend quality time with them.