It may be easy for you to get your aging mom or dad to eat an extra-large helping of pasta, pizza, or chicken. However, like most people, your elderly parent probably turns up their nose at the idea of eating leafy greens. While these nutritional superfoods are packed with vitamins, minerals, and nutrients, they simply aren’t as appealing to the taste buds as other foods.
There’s no better time for you and your elderly mom or dad to commit to including healthier leafy greens into their diet. Leafy greens like kale, chard, arugula, spinach, collard greens, mustard greens, watercress, and dandelion greens bring a unique flavor to almost any dish. They contain vitamins like A and K as well as minerals like calcium and iron. Whether you or an elder care assistant prepare their meals, it takes a little effort to make sure they are getting something that is both nutritious and delicious.
Here are just a few ways that you or an elder care assistant can creatively add leafy greens to just about any meal.
- Make a stir-fry. As one of the easiest ways to incorporate leafy greens, a stir fry brings together all kinds of flavors and ingredients into one tasty dish. In addition to the green vegetable, it’s a good way to add other veggies like carrots, peas, broccoli, mushrooms, and more. Just add protein and sauce and serve over rice.
- Blend up a smoothie. As long as you are adding fruit, yogurt, and flavorings like chocolate or cinnamon, toss in some leafy greens. They still deliver all the nutrients and elderly adults can’t even taste them in the smoothie. This is especially effective if your aging mom or dad refuses to eat leafy greens.
- Include them in soup. While you may not even think that leafy greens have a place in soup, they really do quite well. Just as the soup is finished warming up, throw in a handful of kale, mustard greens, or watercress. The leafy greens wilt and blend with the other flavors, making a hearty and satisfying meal.
- Mix up some pasta. Leafy greens go very well with pasta dishes, either on the side as a crunchy salad or included in a cream or tomato sauce. Think of leafy greens as an excellent addition to any classic Italian dish that your elderly parent will love.
- Pair with eggs. From frittatas and quiches to omelets, leafy greens like chard and spinach can turn meals from bland to outstanding. Look at more unusual greens like arugula, mustard greens, and even dandelion greens for amazing dishes for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
You’ll certainly feel inspired to use more leafy greens in meals for your aging mom or dad when you see how much they love to eat them. Everyone can use more nutritious meals and including more greens into an elderly person’s diet is one of the easiest and more effective ways to do so.
If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring professional elder care in Pelham, AL, call and talk to the staff at Lipford Home Care (205) 623-5700.
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