Thanksgiving may probably be one of your favorite holidays, well either that or Christmas! It is no coincidence that your favorite holiday also has a whole array of appetizing mains and desserts that are a veritable feast. While we are accustomed to the post-Thanksgiving slump brought about by the quantity of food that we eat, seniors may need to be more mindful of the Thanksgiving foods that they consume. This is due to their various health issues and dietary restrictions. The right kinds of foods will keep them active, energized and prevent them from overeating. The following food items are just a small sample of foods your loved ones will relish.
Mashed Sweet Potato
Any meal, and especially Thanksgiving is incomplete without a side of mashed potatoes. Potatoes are versatile and healthy. They are full of healthy starch and carbohydrates. More importantly, the way it is cooked means that they are easily eaten by those who may have trouble chewing harder foods. It’s also gluten-free, perfect for those with celiac disease. If your loved ones are not fond of potatoes, you could try alternatives like mashed cauliflower or yams.
Cranberries or Cranberry Sauce
You will always find cranberries on any Thanksgiving table. This is because the acidity in cranberries perfectly balances the rich and butter-heavy mains like the stuffed turkey. Cranberries are small and easy to chew while cranberry sauce is ideal for dipping your dry and chewy foods in. It is also rich in antioxidants, useful to combat diseases like urinary tract infection and heart disease. The natural sugars present are miles better than artificial and added sugars.
Roasted Turkey Breast
Turkey is that quintessential Thanksgiving dish without which your meal is incomplete. Did you know that some turkey parts and methods of cooking are better than others? That’s right, turkey breast is a healthy option given that it is rich in lean meat. This is better for digestion and contains lower fat, ideal for loved ones who are watching their weight. Do note that a lot of the calories present in turkey come from the stuffing and gravy rather than the meat. This brings us to…
Wild rice is a common ingredient that is found in turkey stuffing. This is healthy and nutritious being a great source of magnesium, protein, and zinc. To make wild rice more Thanksgiving-appropriate, you could add some seasonal herbs and spices.
Pumpkin pie is the desert that one most looks forward to. Unfortunately, it can be loaded with excess fats and sugars. There is a way to make it healthier, using whole grain flour and real pumpkins for puree. Pumpkin has numerous health benefits being rich in Vitamin A and C.
Fruit salads are a great side to any meal. They provide one with sugars for a treat, yet they are not heavy with cream and butter. Fruits like watermelon and grapes are really easy to eat and refreshing after a heavy meal.