Posted on Dec 19, 2013
Healthy Holiday Treats and Professional in Home Care for Seniors
If your elderly loved one is anything like mine, they are probably overdoing it in the kitchen; baking up a storm that very few can contain. Many seniors find baking to be very therapeutic and can find themselves in a sea of peanut brittle, cookies, chocolate covered pretzels, cheesecakes, candies, and pies. While these delectable treats are tasty, they aren’t always the healthiest choice for a snack; especially for an elderly person who may be coping with health issues such as diabetes.
There’s no reason to believe that a healthy holiday treat will be tasteless or boring. There are many ways to make a traditional holiday treat better for you. You could substitute unrefined whole wheat pastry flour, natural sweeteners, and nutrient-packed ingredients such as heart-healthy nuts, dried fruits and 60 percent dark chocolate to your tasty holiday treats. Many recipes allow for a substitution of olive or canola oil in place of fatty butter.
The holiday season makes it a lot easier to overindulge at dinner parties and holiday get-togethers. For some people, sugary foods increase appetite and consumption of goodies. It’s good to be aware that for some, a sugary snack can trigger a desire to eat more than one should. Festive feasting has been known for causing five to ten pounds of weight gain that will need to be tackled at the beginning of the New Year.
This holiday season, it is possible to avoid the dreaded festive feast weight gain by replacing our usual snacks with healthy holiday treats. Some delicious examples include oatmeal toffee cookies, whole-wheat sugar cookies, gingerbread pumpkin bars, and light egg nog. It might come as a surprise that chocolate covered strawberries are a delicious alternative to those high-fat and sugary pies. If you switch the chocolate with 60 percent dark chocolate, you’ve done something good for your heart. Dark chocolate improves blood flow to the brain and heart, controls blood sugar, and is full of antioxidants.
Initially, it may sound unappealing to switch out traditional snacks for healthy holiday treats. With just a little bit of research, there are many ways to substitute unhealthy ingredients in subtle ways that will still be tasty and better overall. It’s important to remember that no matter how healthy a treat is, portion control is still key to combatting the festive feast weight gain.
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