Nutritious Thanksgiving Foods for Seniors Recovering from Stroke or Heart Attack

By Stacy Lee, 9:00 am on
Healthy Meals That Seniors Who Are Recovering from a Stroke or Heart Attack Can Eat on Thanksgiving in Burlington, VT

If your much-loved senior is recovering from a stroke or heart attack this year, then you may want to consider a healthy Thanksgiving meal. Below are some alternative heart-healthy recipes that Burlington stroke caregivers can prepare this year.

Turkey

Most homes will serve a turkey this year. White meat has four fewer fat grams than dark meat. Removing the skin makes it even healthier, but you should also remember to prepare the bird with simple herbs and spices and be sparing with the salt.

Green Bean Casserole

While steamed green beans and Brussels sprouts are much healthier choices, it just isn’t Thanksgiving without traditional green bean casserole. Just remember to use non-fat milk and low-sodium mushroom soup to make this recipe heart healthy. 

Sweet Potato Casserole

While sweet potatoes are healthier if you skip the casserole altogether, you can make a sweet potato casserole more nutritious by carefully controlling what you put in it. First, bypass the pound of butter and marshmallows this year. Instead, refer to this delicious and heart-healthy recipe so your loved one can still enjoy this sweet side dish:
5 medium sweet potatoes cubed
2 tablespoons honey 
1/4 cup golden raisins 
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (divided)
1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
1/3 cup chopped pecans
Start by boiling your sweet potatoes and mashing them. Then, add the raisins, nutmeg, ginger, salt and ½ teaspoon cinnamon. Whip until fluffy and put in your sprayed baking dish. Combine the remaining ingredients and sprinkle on the top. Bake in a 400-degree oven for 15 minutes.

Ginger Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin pie is mandatory on many Thanksgiving tables. If yours is one of them, then lighten up the traditional pumpkin pie by combining 1/4-cup brown sugar, 1½ tablespoons grated ginger, 1/2-teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4-teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon allspice, two eggs, 15 ounces of pumpkin and a can of fat-free condensed milk. Beat it together and pour in your pie shell. To reduce the carb count, live-in Burlington caregivers can simply bake the filling without the pie shell. Bake it for one hour at 350 degrees.

Consider other heart-healthy meals for seniors when you call Home Care Assistance of Burlington at (802) 231-0415. In addition to providing specialized Alzheimer’s, dementia and stroke care for seniors, we also help them maintain balanced schedules that consist of healthy diet and exercise. Learn more today when you call to schedule a free consultation.

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