Nutritious Holiday Meals & Fun Holiday Crafts to Share With Elderly Parents

//Nutritious Holiday Meals & Fun Holiday Crafts to Share With Elderly Parents

The Holidays are a fun and festive time of year spent with our loved ones, especially elderly parents, as old memories are shared, and new ones created. Two fun ways to enjoy some bonding time with your senior parents during the Holidays are cooking and making crafts. And, by keeping your aging mom and dad active you’re helping to ensure their health and wellbeing as they grow older. To make that happen, here are some exciting and nutritious meals you can prepare together, along with some fun craft ideas to try, while sharing some good times over the Holidays.

Holiday Craft Ideas for Seniors

If your parents are like most seniors, their manual dexterity isn’t what it used to be. That means doing crafts that won’t overwork their hands and fingers. In addition, it might be a little harder to get dad to join in, but if you tell him how much it means to you, he’ll probably decide to set aside his macho demeanor. With that in mind, here are some fun crafts to do with your elderly parents:

Pipe Cleaner Ornaments

Pipe Cleaner Ornaments

These don’t require much hand strength, and pipe cleaners come in all kinds of Holiday colors now, including red, white, green and blue. They can be easily twisted and combined into all kinds of shapes, which means you can make pipe cleaner snowmen, reindeer, snowflakes, and more. Add some string, ribbon, or a metal hook to hang them up and… voila!… you’re through. Pipe cleaner ornaments make nice inexpensive gifts, too.

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Snow Globes

Now this is a project dad can get excited about, for sure. Take some old glass jars filled with water, add glitter, and then use waterproof glue to attach plastic or ceramic, Holiday-themed figurines to the inside of the lid. Screw it on tight, turn over the jar, and you’ve got an instant homemade snow globe to enjoy!

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Snow Globes
Garland Strands

Garland Strands

Let’s face it, Christmas trees look better with garland, so why not interest your parents in a handmade garland project? All you need is a longer sewing needle, which mom probably has sitting around in her sewing kit, and some string or fishing line (ask dad for that!). String some colored beads, cranberries, popcorn, or some other festive items, and then together hang your homemade garland strand on the family tree!

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Decorate Stocking

 

Has this past year ushered in the arrival of a new grandchild, or great grandchild, for your parents? If so, what a perfect time to create a Christmas stocking for the family’s newest addition. All it takes is a blank stocking or old sock, some craft glue, sparkles, bows, fuzzy balls, ribbon, and a little creativity. What a fun way to let the newest member of your family know how much they are loved by their grandparents!

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Decorate Stocking

Nutritious Holiday Meal Ideas

Since mom and dad are older, they have special daily nutrition requirements that sometimes get neglected. To keep them healthier which will help ward off winter illnesses, spend time in the kitchen with them preparing some fun and nutritious foods that they’ll enjoy. As we age, our sense of taste diminishes, and for many seniors that also reduces their appetites. Kick start mom and dad’s zest for some yummy Holiday food using these nutritious meal ideas:

Natural Sweetener & Spice… How Nice!

A lot of sugar isn’t good for any of us, and notably those over age 65. Prepare some cookies, sweet breads, their favorite Holiday beverage, or another festive dessert by halving the amount of sugar called for in the recipe. Instead, substitute natural sweeteners and spices like vanilla, citrus, nutmeg, or cinnamon for a healthy- yet tasty- cooking touch. You can also add some fresh or unsweetened frozen fruit to deliver some natural sweetness to any dish!

Reduce Salt Using Low-Sodium Alternatives

Many seniors have high blood pressure and reduced kidney function, which don’t go well with the high salt levels found in many of the processed foods we eat. Prepare some healthier foods by substituting fresh herbs and flavored vinegars instead of salt. If your parents like to add condiments to their Holiday turkey sandwiches, like mustard, pickles, and ketchup, try fresh tomatoes, cucumber slices, or salsas instead to reduce their sodium intake.

Reduce Salt Using Low-Sodium Alternatives

Fat is for Santa, not Your Parents

To help keep your parents feeling jolly and happy, help them reduce their fat consumption by substituting foods and ingredients that are low in fat. Show them how baking or cooking with unsweetened applesauce, mashed bananas, or prune puree can provide a tasty substitute for fatty ingredients. It works best when you cut the called-for fatty ingredient with one of these more nutritious fillers. If dad loves gravy on his mashed potatoes, use a fat-free, low-sodium broth that’s heated as you slowly blend in a mixture of flour and cold skim milk, resulting in a gravy that’ll make his heart thank you in the end!

Delicious Healthy Holiday Recipes You’ll Enjoy:

Green Bean Casserole

Green Bean Casserole

A slimmed-down version of this classic offers the creamy mushroom flavor and sweet tang of onion you expect, with 60 percent fewer calories and 80 percent less fat.

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Mushroom-Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

Stuff a pork tenderloin with a savory mix of mushrooms and bacon and roast to perfection — no one will guess that it’s a healthy holiday main dish.

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Mushroom-Stuffed Pork Tenderloin
Eggplant Ricotta Bites

Eggplant Ricotta Bites

Lightly breaded eggplant is sautéed instead of deep-fried, giving it crunch without excess oil. It’s then topped with ricotta and tomatoes for an eggplant Parmesan-inspired appetizer with much less fat.

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Low-Fat Eggnog

What’s better than sipping on eggnog by the fireplace? Sipping our lower-cal version, made with low-fat milk flavored with fragrant citrus zest, vanilla beans and bourbon.

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Low-Fat Eggnog
Avocado-Feta Dip

Avocado-Feta Dip

Feta cheese is a lower-fat choice with a very bright flavor. A little bit goes a long way in this fresh, green dip.

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Curried Sweet Potato Puree

Almond milk makes this creamy side dish dairy-free. The heat from the ginger and curry counter the sweetness of the potatoes, and the lime adds a bright kick at the end.

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Curried Sweet Potato Puree
Whole Grain Apple Cranberry Stuffing

Whole Grain Apple Cranberry Stuffing

Whole grain baguette is substituted for traditional white bread in this stuffing, which is rounded out by tart Granny Smith apples, dried cranberries, ground cinnamon and sage.

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Nutritious Meals & Fun Crafts for Seniors All-Year-Long

No matter what Holidays you celebrate, at A Million Reasons Home Care we warmly wish you and your elderly parents safe and blessed ones. And, if you need an extra pair of hands to ensure that your elderly parents are eating nutritious meals and engaging in fun crafts any time of year, give us a call. We believe in providing an independent and safe living environment for seniors in the privacy of their own homes, while improving their quality of life; all while restoring your peace-of-mind! To learn more about how A Million Reasons Home Care is redefining in-home senior care in the Boca Raton, FL, West Palm Beach, FL, Delray Beach, FL, Boynton Beach, FL, Jupiter, FL, Palm Beach Gardens, FL, and the Palm Beach County area with our delicately crafted home care services, visit: www.amillionreasonswecare.com now

By |2019-02-28T07:29:34+00:00December 13th, 2018|Home Care - All Things Holidays|0 Comments

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