One of the biggest factors in predicting longevity is diet. If you’re concerned that your elderly loved one isn’t eating right, encouraging him or her to begin regularly incorporating seafood into his or her meal plan may be a good first step. From the senior care experts at Fort Myers Home Care Assistance, here are scrumptious and nutritious ways to include fish in your loved one’s diet.
1. Baked Salmon
Salmon is a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids, making it a great addition to your senior loved one’s diet. For an easy way to incorporate this fish into your loved one’s dinners, select a 2 to 3 ounce cut, then season the filet with salt, pepper, dill, and some olive oil. Bake in a 350-degree oven for approximately 15 minutes and then drizzle with lemon juice and serve with grilled veggies.
2. Lemon Garlic Shrimp & Vegetables
If your loved one is a shrimp fan, this garlic-y dish will be a hit. Begin with fresh spinach or broccoli to provide vitamin A and calcium, and then sauté with fresh garlic. Pan fry shrimp with olive oil and lemon juice until they turn pink and add to the cooked vegetables. With a large amount of protein, vitamin D, vitamin B3, and zinc, this dish offers a filling way to get vitamins and nutrients, without the empty calories.
3. Easy Beach Shrimp
When you’re looking for a summery dish, this easy beach shrimp meal is sure to hit the spot for your loved one. Easy to make and packed with protein, simply toss shrimp, Cajun seasoning, and pads of butter together in a baking dish and bake at 375 degrees for a nutritious meal. Serve with toasted whole grain bread for a dose of fiber and a way to sop up the yummy juice.
4. Grandpa’s Manhattan Clam Chowder
This New England recipe is perfect for chilly days. Simmer chopped vegetables of choice, along with clam juice, clams, and a can of tomatoes for 10 to 20 minutes. This soup is full of fiber, iron, and Omega-3 fatty acids, and will warm your elderly loved one’s body and soul.
If you have trouble juggling the day-to-day needs of your elderly loved one with your other responsibilities, a professional caregiver may provide the assistance needed to ensure your loved one eats well. At Home Care Assistance, our Fort Myers part-time caregivers are expertly trained to help seniors adopt healthy habits by assisting with grocery shopping, meal preparation, and following a wholesome diet. If you’re interested in finding other ways to help your loved one stay healthy, dial 239.449.4701 to speak with a Care Manger and schedule a free in-home consultation.