A nutritious diet does not have to be boring if you know how to experiment with international cuisine. All around the world, the type of food people eat and their mealtime traditions help them enjoy increased longevity. If you provide home care for an elderly parent, introduce a few new flavors to his or her diet with these top tips from our international neighbors.
Flavor with Spices
Mexican dishes are well known for their heat, and chili peppers are packed full of nutrition as well as flavor. Whether you choose red or green, chili peppers contain a special compound called capsaicin that helps fight cancer, clear sinusitis, and reduce inflammation throughout the body.
Replace Meat with Mushrooms
In Japan, the shiitake mushroom helps seniors enjoy increased longevity. Shiitake mushrooms are a nutritional powerhouse and have been shown to reduce cholesterol, strengthen the immune system, and help with weight loss. They can also add flavor to almost any recipe, and many people use them as a healthier alternative to meat.
Use Coconut Milk
In Thailand, obesity is almost unheard of due to a diet that consists primarily of low-calorie vegetables and lean meats. Thai cooking also includes the use of coconut milk, which contains calcium, vitamin B12, and vitamin D like cow’s milk. Additionally, however, coconut milk is high in manganese, can help improve cholesterol, and aids in digestions.
Serve Grapes for Dessert
The benefits of drinking one glass of red wine each day have made headlines in recent years, but not everyone can imbibe. Fortunately, the French have discovered that people can still enjoy the same heart-healthy benefits by simply eating grapes. This popular fruit is often served as a dessert or appetizer along with small amounts of cheese. Serve grapes for dessert and help your loved one lower his or her cholesterol and get a healthy dose of antioxidants to fight off the signs of aging.
Some tasks grow more challenging with age, like grocery shopping and cooking. Make sure your senior loved one is staying happy and healthy with help from Home Care Assistance. Our caregivers can grocery shop, prepare nutritious meals, and provide companionship. To learn more about our care services, including dementia and Alzheimer’s care in Albuquerque, give us a call today at 505-798-0800. We look forward to hearing from you.