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Delicious Heart-Healthy Recipes in Honor of National Oatmeal Month

By Lauren Robison, 9:00 am on

As people focus more on eating healthier in January than any other month, it is not surprising that January is designated National Oatmeal Month. Oatmeal helps control blood sugar, keeps a person feeling fuller longer and can even help stop dry winter skin. It also helps to lower bad cholesterol levels, which is why New Hampshire elderly home care professionals recommend adding it to senior diets. Below are two delicious and nutritious recipes to make for your elderly loved one.

Oatmeal Pumpkin Bread

If your loved one is tired of eating oatmeal from a bowl, then consider this oatmeal pumpkin bread.

Ingredients:

2 bananas
2 eggs
2 cups steel oats
1 cup pumpkin
2 teaspoons vanilla extract 
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
½ teaspoon salt
1/2 cup raisins
1 1/2 cups milk
1 teaspoon baking powder

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Line the sides and bottom of three 7 by 3 inch loaf pans with aluminum foil.
3. In a medium bowl, mash the banana.
4. Add the remaining ingredients beating until well combined.
5. Put an equal amount of the mixture in each pan.
6. Bake for 17 minutes.
7. Remove from the oven and carefully lift out of the pans using the aluminum foil for support. 
8. Let cool completely. Then, slice and enjoy.

Carrot Cake Oatmeal

It is also very easy to make a delicious and nutritious carrot cake oatmeal for your loved one.

Ingredients:

2 medium carrots
1 cup almond milk
¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/16 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
2 tablespoons raisins
2 tablespoons maple syrup

Instructions:

1. Finely grate carrots until you have 1 cup.
2. In a medium saucepan, whisk together the almond milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and salt. 
3. Cook until just barely warm.
4. Stir in the carrots and oats.
5. Raise the heat to medium and bring the mixture to a boil. 
6. Cook about eight minutes until the mixture begins to thicken. Stir frequently to avoid sticking.
7. Remove from heat and stir in the remaining ingredients.
8. Place mixture in bowls and enjoy.

Acquire other heart-healthy recipes for your senior loved one when you turn to Home Care Assistance. Our highly trained Alzheimer’s, dementia and stroke caregivers in New Hampshire work around your loved one’s schedule to prepare nutritious meals and encourage seniors to maintain healthy lifestyles. Call (603) 471-3004 today to learn how else our experienced caregivers can help your loved one age in place with dignity.