The weather is finally starting to cool down in most areas and all around there are signs of fall. This especially means tasty treats and snacks. Seasonal flavors are everywhere, and most people are excited to welcome back these special treats to usher in the new season. Unfortunately, many of these snacks aren’t the healthiest of options, and as a family caregiver you might not be thrilled with your parent wanting to indulge in them too often. This doesn’t mean, though, that they have to forego the flavors they love. There are ways you can help them enjoy tasty seasonal treats while also getting them the extra nutrition they need this autumn.
Try some of these seasonal treats for a tasty way to get extra nutrition this autumn:
- Pumpkin smoothie. Start the day off right or finish up with a healthy dessert with this smoothie reminiscent of pumpkin pie. Combine pureed pumpkin, plain Greek yogurt or tofu, honey, pumpkin pie spice, and a splash of milk, and blend with ice. For added benefits, include vanilla protein powder and fiber powder.
- Baked apples. A great way to fill the home with the smells and memories of apple pie, baked apples give your parent a sweet snack or dessert without the added fat and calories of a whole pie. Core an apple and add a small piece of butter into the opening, followed by brown sugar and apple pie spice. Bake until soft.
- S’mores. Cool nights are the perfect time to gather around the campfire for s’mores. Get the same flavors with more benefits with this version. Choose a sugar-free instant chocolate pudding mix and add chocolate protein powder, fiber powder, and a small amount of cornstarch. Use protein enhanced nut milk to mix. After the pudding is set, sprinkle with graham crackers, top with a few mini marshmallows, and broil for a few seconds to get the warm, toasted effect.
Starting palliative care for your aging parent can be one of the best decisions you make for them as their family caregiver. When you bring a senior home care services provider into your care approach for your aging parent, you are not saying you don’t want to care for your parents, or don’t care about the quality of support and assistance they receive. Instead, you’re telling them you want the very best for them, and want to ensure they can enjoy the most fulfilling quality of life possible as they age in place. A palliative care provider can be there with your aging parent when it is right for them to provide a fully customized set of services designed specifically with their challenges, limitations, and their current medical status in mind.
If you or an aging parent are considering palliative care in Philadelphia, PA, please contact the caring staff at Serenity Hospice today. Call (215) 867-5405.
A veteran of providing quality healthcare, Michael has served with distinction in a variety of leadership capacities for nearly two decades, notably as administrator for several Skilled Nursing Facilities in New Jersey. Known as an innovative and solution-oriented individual, Michael has his finger on the pulse on new trends and concepts in providing quality care.