Eating healthy fats, or fats that increase the good cholesterol in the body, is an important part of the major steps in keeping your senior as healthy as possible. It can feel overwhelming to figure out how to add healthier fats into your senior’s diet, so working with her doctor and with companion care at home are two ways to make that easier.
Look at Nuts and Seeds
Seeds and nuts are an excellent source of minerals, vitamins, fiber, and healthy fats. It’s easy to overdo it with nuts and seeds, mainly because they’re tasty and easy to snack on. They’re great on their own, but they’re also terrific additions to recipes from entrees and sides to salads. Look for options like walnuts, flax seeds, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, and more.
Add Fatty Vegetables and Fruits
You probably don’t think about fat content when you think about fruits and vegetables, but there are some options. Olives, avocados, and coconut are all high in healthy fats. They’re good options to include in your senior’s diet on a regular basis. They can be great in salads or added to other recipes.
Choose Good Oils
There are plenty of choices for cooking oils out there. The key is to use options that are healthy and to use them wisely. Making your own salad dressings is easier than it seems, for instance, and with the right oils, tasty and healthy. Look for olive oil, avocado oil, and even sesame and sunflower oils. Used sparingly, these oils add flavor and they add the fats that your elderly family member needs.
Add Fatty Fish
Fatty fish is another really simple way to help your senior to get the healthy fats in her diet that she needs. Really good options include salmon, trout, sardines, and tuna. All are high in omega-3 fatty acids and they’re relatively easy to find at most grocery stores. They’re also easy to prepare, with sardines and tuna being edible right out of the can. Canned salmon is also available readily, and it’s versatile in so many recipes.
Talk to your senior’s doctor about what other recommendations they have for adding healthy fats to her diet and how often. Working with elder care providers can make meal preparation less of an intimidating task for your senior, too. Caregivers can be there for emotional support while also helping your senior to eat a healthier diet.
If you or an aging loved-one is considering Companion Care at Home in Orlando, FL please contact the caring staff at Winter Garden Senior Home Care today. (407) 347-2050
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