If you are a caregiver in Westfield (or anywhere for that matter), you already know the struggle for some seniors to eat well on a limited budget. Luckily, all is not lost. Despite what feels like an increase in cost every time you walk into the grocery store, there are still some foods that are low in cost and pack a nutritious punch. Here are 6 inexpensive and healthy foods for your senior loved one.
Beans – Beans are packed with essential proteins and fiber that help digestion, reduce cholesterol, and regulate blood sugar. Try making a 3-bean salad, serving beans as a side with dinner, or adding several types of beans to soups and chilies.
Eggs – Eggs last a long time in the fridge and their protein increases HDL cholesterol (the good cholesterol). Serve eggs for breakfast, make egg salad for lunch (with canola-based mayo), or boil eggs to top a salad for dinner.
Canned Tomatoes – Not only are these cheaper than fresh tomatoes, but canned tomatoes also contain high amounts of lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that slows the growth of cancer cells, reduces cell damage, and suppress dangerous carcinogens. Whip up an easy homemade marinara, tomato soup, or hide a few in a smoothie.
Oatmeal – Oats are packed with nutrients, including tons of fiber and protein. Oats also have an extra-long shelf life and can be ground up into flour to bake with, used as a binding agent in meatloaf, or served for breakfast with milk and fresh fruit.
Almonds – Nuts can get pricey, but if your senior loved one eats just the recommend serving size of 1-ounce almonds can remain an inexpensive power food. One serving has 37 percent of the daily recommend intake of vitamin E in addition to calcium, folate, fiber, and the same amount of flavonoids as a serving of green tea.
Cabbage – This cruciferous veggie offers a healthy dose of vitamins C and K, fiber, and can help eliminate sodium from the body. The antioxidants in cabbage help with brain and heart health, and it’s only 22 calories per cup. Use cabbage to top tacos or fish dishes, mix it into salad, or find a healthy coleslaw recipe to try.
Eating well doesn’t have to be expensive, it just requires a little planning and preparation. If your schedule can’t accommodate a little extra attention to your senior loved one’s diet, consider an hourly or live-in caregiver in Warren. Leading Westfield senior home care provider Home Care Assistance has compassionate, trained caregivers available to assist your senior loved one 24/7. Our caregivers can grocery shop, cook healthy meals, do light housework, provide transportation, and offer companionship. Most importantly, they can promote your loved one’s health and wellbeing. Call (908) 450-9400 to schedule your free in-home consultation today.