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Healthy Thanksgiving Meals for Aging Loved Ones

Thanksgiving and the holidays are a great time to enjoy the company of family, friends and great food! Unfortunately, some holiday favorites can be extremely bad for the health of your aging loved ones. If you provide home care for a senior in Albuquerque or are hosting this year’s family gathering, it’s important to be mindful of senior health needs. Listed below are a couple of our favorite healthy alternatives to some of everyone’s Thanksgiving favorites.

Roast Turkey with Lemon Garlic Rub

Turkey is a staple at almost every Thanksgiving feast, but the traditional supermarket rub that many people use can pack added and unnecessary sodium to the meal. Too much sodium isn’t good for individuals of any age, but can be particularly harmful to seniors, resulting in increased risk for high blood pressure, stroke, heart failure and kidney disease. Fortunately, traditional pre-made rub can be replaced with a quick, Lemon Garlic Rub that can leave your turkey just as tasty and juicy without the unneeded sodium. Click here for a great lemon garlic rub recipe that your entire family will enjoy.

Homemade Green Bean Casserole

Green Bean Casserole is a great Thanksgiving side dish that is quick and easy to prepare, but many recipes call for the use of canned soup in the recipe. Canned soups can add unneeded sodium just as the supermarket rubs can. A healthier version of the Green Bean Casserole uses fresh mushrooms, glazed onions and low fat milk to make a creamy white sauce that is not only delicious, but good for the health of your loved ones also.

Healthy Candied Sweet Potatoes

Candied Sweet Potatoes are a delicious, sweet side dish for Thanksgiving, but with the traditional marshmellow, they can be extremely high in fat and unhealthy. A healthier twist on Candied Sweet Potatoes calls for using Maple syrup instead of the marshmellow. Maple syrup still gives the Candied Sweet Potatoes a delicious sweetness but without the high fat content.

Thanksgiving favorites can be just as delicious with a healthy twist on them for your aging loved ones. Turkey adds a good protein source for your loved ones while green beans and sweet potatoes add essential vitamins and nutrients.

Are you concerned about juggling your role as a caregiver with the upcoming holiday season? Whether you need an Albuquerque hourly caregiver to assist with things around the house or a live-in caregiver to give you a much needed break to attend to your own needs, Home Care Assistance f Albuquerque is here to help. Call 505-798-0800 for more information and enjoy this joyous time of year as a loving son, daughter or family member, not a caregiver.