May is National Salad Month and now that the weather is getting warmer fresh salads will be on the menu for many seniors. Seniors should eat fresh vegetables with every meal, and salads make a great side dish or main meal for seniors. With senior home care providers to help prepare vegetables and create fresh salads so that seniors don’t have to worry about washing, chopping, or peeling vegetables seniors can enjoy the best fresh produce all spring and summer. But salads can boring and blah after a while, especially if seniors are eating the same boring salads every day.
Seniors and their senior home care aides can liven up salads by adding nutritious things to their salads like:
Adding chicken to a salad can turn a simple side dish into a healthy meal that seniors can eat anytime. When seniors have home care assistance their home care help can mix up a great salad complete with cooked chicken pieces or strips and leave it in the fridge so that your senior parent can eat it whenever they are hungry. Adding chicken to a salad can 20 grams of protein or more to a salad. Seniors often don’t get enough protein so adding some chicken to a salad is a fantastic way to get seniors more of the protein they need.
Hard-boiled eggs are another great addition to a salad. Eggs are a practically perfect food because they are low in calories but have around 8 grams of protein per egg. And chilled hard-cooked eggs taste delicious in a fresh salad. Seniors who are having trouble getting enough protein in their diet or seniors that don’t really like to cook meat can add hard-boiled eggs to their salads to increase the protein that they’re getting.
Avocado is a delicious creamy addition to salads that adds some much-needed healthy fat to a salad. Seniors may even forego the dressing for their salad if they have some delicious fresh creamy avocado to put in the salad. Or, mix a little lime juice with some avocado and seasonings to make a healthier salad dressing. Doctors often recommend healthy fats like avocado to seniors because seniors tend to not get enough healthy fat. The creaminess of the avocado with the crunch of the salad makes for a very delicious salad that is also packed with vitamins, nutrients, and healthy fats.
Seniors who are vegetarian can add protein to a salad by adding some chickpeas. To really add some flavor seniors should try roasting the chickpeas first, then tossing them in a salad. The roasted chickpeas add crunch and texture to the salad while also adding some of the healthy protein that seniors need. Chickpeas don’t have to be roasted to be good in salads, but seniors who aren’t going to roast the chickpeas first should always drain the can and rinse the chickpeas very well before putting them in the salad. The clear plastic casing of the chickpeas can be a little tough on the stomach so seniors with sensitive stomachs should avoid those.
If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring Senior Home Care Services in Edison NJ, call the caring staff at Helping Hands Home Care today at 908-418-4299.
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