With summer just around the corner, at-home caregivers in Palm Desert might be wondering how they can help their senior loved ones beat the heat. While store-bought ice cream and popsicles may seem tempting, there are healthier alternatives for seniors to try. Here are four delicious and nutritious options that are sure to cool your loved one down.
1. Berry Medley
Perfect for adding to smoothies and shakes, a frozen berry medley is a delicious treat for a hot summer day. Berries naturally contain loads of antioxidants, which are compounds that are known to prevent common problems associated with aging including cancer. The best frozen berry mixes include an assortment of blueberries, strawberries and raspberries that are also rich in vitamins C and K. Some of the most expensive berry mixes include acai, which is considered a superfood by many leading diet gurus worldwide.
2. Frozen Yogurt
This type of frozen treat makes an excellent alternative to traditional ice cream that is likely to be high in saturated fat and sodium. Organic frozen yogurt usually contains probiotics and live cultures that can regulate normal digestion in senior citizens who have irregular bowel movements. All-natural frozen yogurt is available in delicious flavors like chocolate and vanilla. Such a premium product does not contain any GMOs or other additives that can have adverse effects on seniors.
3. Banana Popsicle
An organic banana can be turned into a mouth-watering popsicle right at home. After being frozen, the banana can be topped off with simple sweet toppings like fudge and whipped cream. Bananas retain their relatively soft texture even after a deep freeze, so they should be very easy to bite for senior citizens who wear dentures. Frozen bananas also don’t lose their natural nutritional content such as a high concentration of potassium.
A frozen tiramisu can be considered a delicious hybrid between a pastry and ice cream. This traditional Italian treat is a wonderful substitute for traditional cakes that are loaded with fat, sugar and other processed ingredients that aren’t recommended for senior citizens. The best tiramisu usually has a soft and spongy biscuit that is easy to chew and digest even for elderly people, and when you let it freeze, it becomes a delicious frozen alternative to ice cream.
You can learn more about senior nutrition by calling Home Care Assistance of Palm Desert at (760) 345-0001. We are a dedicated home care agency that provides flexible live-in, hourly, and respite services that enables seniors to age independently in the comfort of home. In addition to helping seniors manage illness or injury, we also encourage seniors to eat healthy, exercise regularly, and socialize with friends and family to boost physical and emotional wellbeing. Schedule a complimentary consultation today and learn more about how we can help your loved one.