Home Care Tips to Boost Your Mom’s Vegetable Intake

Senior Vegetable Intake: Home Care College Park GA

Senior Vegetable Intake: Home Care College Park GA

It’s recommended that older adults eat two cups of fruit each day and three cups of vegetables. Your mom isn’t close to that. In fact, you’re not sure she even gets half of what she should. How do you get her to eat more vegetables? Having a home care provider is a great option, but here are some other tips.

Hide Them in Other Things

Your mom loves her breakfast smoothie every morning. Purchase dehydrated spinach or greens powder and add a scoop of that into her smoothie. Many brands have blends with dried berries that completely mask the taste of the greens. If she doesn’t hate the taste in her smoothies, she could add fresh spinach or kale instead.

Go online and find the recipe for brownies that uses blueberries and pureed spinach in the brownie batter. If you don’t want to use sugar, pureed bananas or apples are a great sweetener. Make carrot cake cookies with nuts, shredded carrots, spices, and honey to sweeten them.

Make Pots of Soup

Keep vegetable soup on hand for snacks and quick meals. A bag of frozen vegetables, vegetable stock, 28-ounce can of diced tomatoes, parsley, and barley is packed with vegetables and whole grains and easy to eat throughout the day.

You could also make a pot of minestrone with zucchini, kale, onions, carrots, canned diced tomatoes, fresh basil, cannellini beans, and vegetable stock. When the vegetables are crisp tender, add some orzo or acini de pepe pasta and cook until the pasta is al dente.

Leftover soup can be frozen until needed. Freeze it in single servings and your mom can microwave it when she’s hungry.

Keep Raw Vegetables Available

Keep raw vegetables cut up and available for snacks. Carrot and celery sticks are good options. Make a ranch yogurt dip to go with them. Grape tomatoes, raw broccoli, pepper strips, and cucumbers are other good options for quick snacks.

Strawberries, melon cubes, grapes, and apple slices are a good option for a dessert-type snack. Serve them with a fruit yogurt or melted bittersweet chocolate dipping sauce.

Serve a Few Vegetarian Meals Each Week

Every few days, have a vegetarian day. Your mom can have the meals she loves, but they’re packed with extra vegetables. Your mom loves lasagna, make a vegetarian bolognese with portobello mushrooms instead of beef. Use that for the lasagna.

Vegetarian chili, shepherd’s pie, and veggie burgers with baked fries are all options to add to her weekly menu. Tofu is a good substitute for ricotta in lasagna if she’s looking to lower the fat content.

Make Sure She Has Meals Available

If your mom has a hard time cooking nutritious meals, arrange home care services. She’ll have a home care aide with her to plan meals, shop for ingredients, and prepare meals and snacks as needed. Plus, she never has to eat alone again. Learn more about pricing and scheduling by talking to a specialist in home care.

If you or an aging loved-one is considering Home Care in College Park, GA please contact the caring staff at Universal Home Care And Services, Inc today.  (678) 426-2701

Becky Back