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Healthy Holiday Treat for Seniors: Rice Pudding

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Anyone who loves food would be happy to know that the holiday season has finally arrived! But just because families are serving pounds of food, doesn’t mean it has to be unhealthy. At Fort Myers Home Care Assistance, we encourage family caregivers to prepare healthy and delicious options for senior guests to help promote overall health, and offer the following recipe for healthy rice pudding. It’s a great option for dessert that is sure to please everyone in your family, including your senior guests!

What You’ll Need

  • 1 ½ cups water
  • ¾ cup uncooked brown rice
  • 1 ½ cups low-fat milk
  • ⅓ cup white sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup law-fat milk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ⅔ cup raisins
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Preparation

Place water and rice in a saucepan over high heat, and bring to a boil. Then, reduce the heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer until the rice is tender, roughly 45 minutes.

Combine the cooked rice, 1 ½ cups milk, sugar, and salt in a different saucepan. Cook the mixture over medium heat until it’s thick and creamy, between 15 to 20 minutes. Then, stir in the egg and raisins. Keep stirring and cooking for an additional 2 minutes. Remove the saucepan from the heat, and stir in butter and vanilla extract. Serve the rice pudding warm.

This recipe is also easily adaptable for a senior’s individual needs. For example, replace low-fat milk with lactose-free milk, or use sugar substitute instead of sugar. For an extra dose of health, replace the sugar with cinnamon.

Health Benefits for Seniors & Older Adults

This rice pudding recipe is a good alternative to your typical holiday sugar cookies. It’s sweet enough to be a holiday snack, yet has healthy ingredients to promote senior health.

The main ingredient, brown rice, is a whole grain and packed with fiber and phytochemicals. The other key ingredient in this recipe is the low-fat milk, which is a good source of calcium and Vitamin D. Calcium builds strong bones, while Vitamin D helps bones absorb calcium. For this reason, milk is highly recommended for seniors who are at risk of bone loss. One egg has also 6 grams of protein. And because the National Institutes of Health recommends that seniors vary their protein choices every day to boost the immune system, this rice pudding is a great way to add protein to the diet. Finally, the raisins included in this recipe also have fiber in them help to fight constipation, and phytochemicals, which are believed to reduce the risk of heart attack and diabetes.

Are you a family caregiver in need of a helping hand this holiday season? Reach out to Home Care Assistance of Fort Myers today and learn more about our options for hourly and live-in home care in Fort Myers. Our highly trained and compassionate caregivers can take on your care responsibilities, assisting your loved one with daily activities and personal care, so you can take a break or attend to your own health or holiday needs. For more information, call 230-449-4701 and speak with a friendly Care Manager today.