The holidays are synonymous with an abundance of rich foods and overindulgence. Finding the right balance of comfort food, decadent desserts and healthy recipes for every family member’s palette can be a challenge; especially for caregivers balancing meals for seniors and other family members.
November 1 through the New Year suggests “holiday mode,” often accompanied by overeating and stress — especially for the caregiver trying to accommodate so many people. But finding the balance of joy and healthy habits is also a possibility during the holidays.
Most people are unaware that we lose our taste buds as we age. It becomes harder to taste spices and the elements of the foods that we recognize, which can make eating less enjoyable — and even become a chore.
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As this happens, foods may begin to lose their appeal, which is why many people tend to lose their appetites. So on top of dietary restrictions that go with medical conditions, it’s more difficult for seniors to satisfy their taste buds with the foods they once loved and get the recommended healthy caloric intake they need to thrive.
This can be especially challenging for caregivers who are cooking for every family member and try to balance healthy cooking with tasty meals.
The good news? There are ways to awaken everyone’s taste buds without loading dishes with sugar, salt and fat. Here are a few nutrition and healthy eating tips to make your family’s favorite holiday recipes healthier, according to A Place for Mom’s nutrition experts:
Delicious and healthy don’t need to be oxymorons — the two can actually compliment one another, as described above.
Do you have any tips for healthy holiday eating? Any great recipe suggestions? If so, we’d love to hear them in the comments below.