Supporting your elderly loved one’s health is one of the most important things that you can do throughout your caregiver journey with them. This includes helping them to identify the foods that are healthiest and most beneficial for their body and supporting them in preparing these foods in ways that they will enjoy and that will help their body to thrive. Sometimes this means helping them to replace foods to which they are accustomed with alternatives that are healthier for them.
June is Dairy Alternatives Month. Whether your senior is lactose intolerant, allergic to milk, wants to cut down on fat, calories, and cholesterol, or has made the choice to reduce or eliminate animal products in their diet, this is the ideal time for both of you to learn more about the alternative products that are available and choose those that are the most delicious and effective in their regular diet.
Some basic tips to keep in mind when choosing dairy alternatives for your elderly loved one’s diet include:
• Soy milk. Richer and thicker than some other options, this is a good choice for cooking in its “plain, unsweetened” version. It is also available in sweetened options which work well as a coffee creamer or for sweet applications.
• Rice milk. Thinner and naturally sweeter than other options, rice milk is best used in baked goods but can also be used in savory recipes when a touch of thinning and some lightening is desired. This is a fantastic choice for those with nut allergies or who have been advised to avoid soy.
• Cashew milk. Richer and thicker than other nut milks, cashew milk has a smooth, neutral taste that makes it a fantastic choice for both savory and sweet applications. It can also be used to produce dairy free cheese alternatives.
• Almond milk. Often considered the closest alternative to dairy milk, almond milk comes in a variety of flavors and can be used for all types of recipes, though some feel that the slight natural sweetness is too pronounced for subtly flavored savory dishes.
Starting senior care for your aging loved one can be one of the best decisions that you can make to help them achieve and maintain the highest quality of life possible as they age in place. A senior home care services provider can be with your elderly loved one on a customized schedule that is right not just for their needs, but also for their personality and the lifestyle that they desire and deserve. This senior care provider will work with your parent to create a highly personalized set of services tailored to address their challenges and limitations as well as to help them pursue a life that is as fulfilling and engaged as possible. This means that your parent can stay happy, healthy, comfortable, and safe while also pursuing as much independence and activity as possible throughout their later years. When it comes to helping them pursue and maintain better health through nutrition, this care provider can be a valuable source of support and assistance with services such as providing safe and reliable transportation to the grocery store, helping them to select the foods that are right for them, and even getting into the kitchen with them to help them prepare meals and snacks that are right for their health as well as their personal tastes.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE ARE CONSIDERING IN-HOME SENIOR CARE IN SUMMERLIN, NV, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT GOLDEN HEART SENIOR CARE. CALL TODAY 702-800-4616.