Hearing your loved one’s doctor tell her that she has high cholesterol and that she needs to change her diet can overturn your whole menu planning and cooking system. Use some of these tips to cope.
Add More Fruits and Vegetables
Bumping up the fruits and vegetables that you include in every meal increases the amount of each that your loved one is eating, which is great. Many people find it difficult to eat the recommended amount of both fruits and vegetables each day. You can also start to decrease the amount of meat in each meal because the fruits and vegetables are more filling.
Choose Leaner Cuts of Meat and Cook Them Using a Rack
When you do cook meat for your loved one, make sure that you’re choosing cuts of meat that have less fat on them. You can work with your butcher at the grocery store to trim down meat before you purchase it, making it leaner before you even cook it. When it’s time to cook the meat, use a rack in order to let fat drain away from the meat more readily.
Broiling, Grilling, and Baking All Work
Sometimes it’s difficult to see other options when someone tells you that you can’t use a certain technique anymore. This can be very much the case with frying or pan-frying meats. What else is there? Grilling, baking, and broiling all produce very tasty meats and they’re a healthier option for your loved one than frying is.
Branch out with Your Seasonings
How you season your loved one’s food can do so much to improve how she receives and enjoys it. Steer away from salt-based seasoning blends and choose more herbs and non-salt spices. Once you find a blend that your loved one enjoys, that might become your go to choice for seasoning. If you’re not finding something that she likes better than salt right out of the gate, don’t give up. You’ll find the right combination.
Don’t have a lot of extra time to cook? Get help with meal preparation and planning from senior care providers. They can help you make sure that your loved one eats tasty, healthy meals.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering senior care in Spencer, MA, please contact the caring staff at Medex Healthcare today. Call 508-826-1641