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Tasty Diabetic-Friendly Recipes for Older Adults

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If your senior loved one has diabetes, it’s important that he or she follows a diet that is carefully balanced in carbohydrates, protein, fat, and nutrients. Eating well can keep blood sugar levels from rising too much. A healthy and nutritious diet goes a long way in boosting a senior’s overall health.

If your elderly loved one needs help maintaining a high quality of life while aging in place, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a trusted provider of New Hampshire senior care. Services our caregivers provide include transportation to and from medical appointments and social events, nutritious meal preparation, assistance with daily exercise, and help with everyday tasks like bathing, grooming, and light housekeeping.

Try one of these delicious recipes to keep your loved one satisfied without experiencing blood sugar spikes.

Kabobs

Kabobs are a fun variation from a typical dinner of meat and vegetables. The protein in the meat can help your loved one digest food slower and keep his or her blood sugar levels stable. When vegetables are grilled, they naturally caramelize, which can satisfy your loved one’s sweet tooth without adding too many carbohydrates.

Cut boneless, skinless chicken breast into one-inch cubes. Marinate them in a mixture of 1/2 cup of low-sodium soy sauce, one tablespoon of sesame oil, and two tablespoons of rice wine vinegar for at least one hour. Chop vegetables such as red onions, mushrooms, and bell peppers, and rinse cherry tomatoes under cold water. Using a metal skewer, alternate the chicken, red onions, mushrooms, bell pepper, and tomato. Grill until the chicken is cooked through. Lean cuts of pork or beef can be substituted for the chicken to give your loved one variety in his or her diet.

It can be challenging preparing food for diabetics, but a professional caregiver can help your loved one maintain a nutritious diet. Family caregivers sometimes need a break from their caregiving responsibilities. When they need respite care, New Hampshire families can rely on professional caregivers to help their senior loved ones remain safe at home.

Quinoa Pilaf

Quinoa is the only grain that is rich source of protein. It can be used in the place of rice in many dishes, but it won’t cause the same blood sugar spikes in diabetics due to its high fiber and protein content.

Rinse one cup of quinoa in water until it runs clear. Boil two cups of low-sodium chicken broth and gently stir in the rinsed quinoa. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cover the pan with a lid. Cook the quinoa for 20 minutes and then fluff with a fork. Finely mince 1/2 a white onion. In a separate pan, sauté the minced onion in olive oil until it is translucent and beginning to turn brown. Remove it from the pan and combine it with the cooked quinoa. Squeeze 1/2 a lemon over the quinoa mixture and garnish with finely chopped fresh parsley.

Berry Fruit Salad

Fruits that are low in carbohydrates, such as berries, can keep your loved one’s blood sugars from spiking by providing fiber that slows the digestion process.

Wash and dry a variety of berries such as strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and blueberries, and place them into a bowl. Gently stir to combine. In a separate bowl, mix the juice of two limes, one teaspoon of stevia, and one tablespoon of poppy seeds. Drizzle over the berries before serving for a refreshing side dish or light dessert.

Certain chemical compounds in blueberries have been shown to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s can be challenging for seniors to manage without assistance, and it can be just as challenging for families who do not have experience in providing Alzheimer’s care. For trusted New Hampshire Alzheimer’s care, reach out to Home Care Assistance. Our proprietary Cognitive Therapeutics Method was designed to help seniors with Alzheimer’s and other memory-related conditions live happier and healthier lives. If your elderly loved one needs high-quality in-home care, call us at (603) 471-3004 today.