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6 Nutritious Christmas Meals for Older Adults

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Seniors often have medical conditions that require certain dietary recommendations. However, it is not difficult to create delicious low-fat, low-salt holiday meals to enjoy. Here are a few healthy meals you can serve your senior loved one this coming Christmas.

1. Herb-Roasted Turkey

The white breast meat of turkey offers more protein than chicken, and it contains one gram of fat for each three-ounce serving. Combine generous amounts of crushed garlic, parsley, rosemary, sage, and thyme in a bowl with a drizzle of olive oil. Rub the inside and outside of the turkey with the herbal concoction. Poke an orange multiple times with a fork and place it inside the turkey. Place the turkey in a roasting pan and add apple cider, then roast per instructions.

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2. Baked Sweet Potatoes

Instead of preparing a fattening sweet potato casserole, which also contains a lot of sugar, simply bake a sweet potato for each guest. Split and sprinkle each sweet potato with cinnamon. Although these potatoes are sufficiently sweet on their own, you can add a drizzle of honey if desired. 

3. Mashed Cauliflower

Steam a medium-sized head of cauliflower until tender. Process the cauliflower with a drizzle of low-fat milk and a couple of tablespoons of fat-free cream cheese until smooth, then add a dash of salt. One medium-sized head of cauliflower contains 278 calories. The calorie count rises when milk and butter are added to make mashed cauliflower. One cup of cauliflower has only 25 calories along with vitamins A and B and a variety of minerals. 

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4. Green Beans, Onions, and Mushrooms

There are healthier versions of the traditional green bean casserole dish that do not contain a large amount of sodium. Sauté onions and mushrooms with a slight drizzle of olive oil until brown and set aside. Combine low-sodium chicken broth with one tablespoon of cornstarch and stir until thickened, then combine frozen green beans with the onions, mushrooms, and thickened broth and thoroughly heat. One cup of green beans contains a mere 33 calories and vitamins A and C. 

5. Mushroom Gravy

Sauté a half-pound of chopped, fresh mushrooms and ½ cup of onions until tender. Add 3 tablespoons of cornstarch and thoroughly coat the vegetables. Slowly add 4 cups of water, stirring thoroughly after each addition. Sparingly add salt and pepper, and cook until thickened. Mushrooms contain vitamin B and various minerals, and one cup of mushrooms has only 15 calories. 

6. Pumpkin Pudding

Skip the calories and fat that traditional pumpkin pie contains and consider serving an alternative. Combine 1½ cups of pureed pumpkin with one can of coconut milk, ⅓ cup of honey, 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice, and 3 teaspoons of gelatin. Heat for 5 minutes and transfer the mixture to a bowl, then refrigerate for 6 hours. Each one cup serving of pumpkin provides 30 calories along with an abundance of vitamin A, B, C, and E.

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