The sun is shining, and the weather is warm. It’s time to open the windows and the recipe box to catch a breath of fresh air and take a look at some of the season’s best recipes.
To answer big questions in senior care about healthy eating, here is a list of 16 excellent summer foods and dishes that will tempt your taste buds while nourishing your body.
1) Watermelon – Dripping with sweet nectar, watermelons are the perfect summer treat. They help with hydration while also supplying lycopene, an antioxidant credited with combating cancer and heart disease.
2) Deviled Eggs – Often a popular side option at summer BBQs, deviled eggs are high in protein, as well as Vitamins A, D, E, B6, and B12. Using Greek yogurt instead of mayo lowers the fat content in this crowd-pleaser.
3) Iced Tea – The nutritional value of iced tea can vary, depending on how it is prepared. Using real tea, even from tea bags, packs this thirst-quencher with a punch of nutrition.
Tea has long been popular as an anti-inflammatory, thereby reducing the risk of heart attack, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases. A high-quality in-home caregiver is apt to tune into which recipes are good for the prevention of such maladies.
4) Party dips – Party dips can be surprisingly nutritious, depending upon the ingredients. Tomato and avocado-based dips are rich in antioxidants, such as Lycopene. Avocados are a source of the “good” fat, Vitamin E, iron and potassium.
5) Hummus – Made from crushed chickpeas, hummus is high in protein and dietary fiber.
6) Popsicles – Popsicles provide the slow and steady kind of liquid replenishment that wards off dehydration, especially during the summer.
7) Lettuce – This green veggie is another summer favorite that is beneficial in preventing dehydration. Countless vitamins can be added to any salad through fruits, veggies, and seeds.
8) Gazpacho Soup – For a summer spin on soup, this nutritious option is often served chilled, providing fresh vegetables in a delicious broth.
9) Berries – An assortment of deep purple and red berries, which are known for combating inflammation, also diminish the risk of blockages, and improve blood flow.
10) Spinach – Considered royalty in the world of green, leafy vegetables, spinach is one of the most nutritious foods on the planet, and protects cells from damage.
11) Peppers – Bursting with flavor, peppers have are popular in summer recipes. The orange bell peppers are particularly powerful, as they are loaded with Vitamin C.
When traveling to the grocery store with a home care aid for any of the summer vegetables, put peppers on the top of the shopping list.
12) Banana Oatmeal – Made of steel cut oats, this favorite breakfast item, which can be cooked in a crock-pot, is a heart-healthy option.
13) Greek Yogurt Parfait – Rich in calcium for bone health, Greek yogurt parfaits can be different almost each time you make them, depending upon the types of fruit that you opt to use.
14) Beans – For a tasty twist to your vegetable side dish at a BBQ or summer night of grilling, add a marinated three bean salad. By using lima beans, green beans, and kidney beans, you can compound the fiber content, as well as the protein value in each serving.
15) Zucchini – A garden favorite, this summer food his high in the fiber pectin, which is known to help in lowering cholesterol and maintaining a healthy heart.
16) Salmon – Salmon is a must-have on the shopping list; the high level of Omega-3 is essential in the fight against heart disease.
Many individuals desire to eat healthy foods but are unable to get to the grocery store or farmer’s market to purchase them. If this is the case for you, consider looking into the many options in home health services.
At Comfort Keepers in Springfield, Pennsylvania we provide the highest quality of home health care, which can include helping you to get to the store for your fresh fruits and veggies. Contact us through the form on our website, or call us for more information at 610-543-3639.