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Nutritious Thanksgiving Menus for Seniors Recovering from Heart Attack or Stroke

By Lauren Robison, 9:00 am on

Thanksgiving is the most popular day of the year to indulge in comfort food and feel stuffed following the hearty meal. For post-stroke home caregivers in New Hampshire who are preparing the dinner for seniors who are recovering from a heart attack or stroke, it can be challenging to find the right sides or desserts to serve. To ensure that there are plenty of healthy options on the menu, there are a few dishes to make on the holiday. 

Ring in the soup season on Thanksgiving by serving sweet potato or curried pumpkin soup as an appetizer that is jam-packed with flavor and contains warming spices that will kickstart a senior’s appetite. If the individual you’re caring for prefers salad, opt for an arugula salad that is topped with fennel, pecans, and apples, which contains plenty of antioxidants. 

For the sides, opt for baking maple roasted brussels sprouts with brown butter and sage or green bean casserole, which are warm dishes that will keep the chill away on the fall holiday.

Move onto the entree with herb-stuffed turkey breast, which is a lean meat that won’t increase cholesterol levels in the body. Those who need to avoid meat altogether can serve up a dish of quinoa and sweet potato-stuffed mushrooms instead.

A Thanksgiving dinner wouldn’t be complete without cranberry-pear crisp, which boasts a beautiful presentation and combines two popular fall fruits that are a healthy alternative to pumpkin pie due to its low sugar content.

A healthier version of apple pie would be baked apples, which can be stuffed with healthy oats and will be gooey with each bite to ensure that your guests can enjoy a sweet treat that is guilt-free. Those who want to treat their sweet tooth can also reach for pumpkin cookies, which contain flaxseed, whole wheat flour, and omega-3s to benefit the heart.

Call Home Care Assistance at (603) 471-3004 today to learn about other heart-healthy foods you can prepare for your loved one this Thanksgiving. We provide comprehensive home care New Hampshire seniors need to learn healthy habits like maintaining a healthy diet and exercise regimen. Call today to schedule a free in-home consultation with a trusted Care Manager.