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How to Add More Fruits and Vegetables to Your Elderly Loved One's Diet

By Greg and Hilary Eldridge

Home Care in Sugar Hill GA

Helping your elderly loved one to add more fruits and vegetables to her diet may sound difficult at first, but it's not that complicated. Try some of these ideas to make the process an easier one.

Always Buy Fresh Fruits and Vegetables When Possible

Whenever you can, it's a great idea to get fruits and vegetables in the produce aisle when you go shopping. Look for fresh produce that doesn't have blemishes. It needs to be ripe so that your loved one can start eating it when you bring it home. If some fruits and vegetables are out of season, however, fresh may not be available. Canned and frozen fruits and vegetables are just as nutritious as long as you read the labels and get varieties that don't have added salt or sugar.

Buy Vegetables and Fruit in Bulk

Buy fruits and vegetables in bulk, if possible. Instead of a smaller bag of baby carrots, for example, buy a whole bunch of carrots. Then, when you get them home, you can slice some into smaller matchsticks, some into coins, and leave some whole for shredding into a salad. When you buy the whole food, you have more control over how it's ultimately used in the kitchen.

Start Meals with Fruits or Vegetables

Fruits and vegetables contain fiber which helps them to fill you up faster while also delivering plenty of healthy vitamins and minerals. A great way to add more of them to your loved one's diet is to start each meal with fruits or vegetables. Small salads are easy to throw together and they pack a hefty nutritional punch.

Avoid Adding Sugar or Salt

When you add salt or sugar to vegetables and fruit, they can taste a little better to your loved one but they also add potential problems. If your loved one has high blood pressure, for example, her doctor may want her to cut back on her salt intake because it can cause her blood pressure to get too high. As your loved one becomes accustomed to the natural flavors of these foods, adding anything becomes superfluous.

Set aside a day and time to sort out the fruits and vegetables for your loved one for the week ahead. That makes life easier for you, your loved one, and your loved one's home care providers, too.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring home care in Sugar Hill, GA, please contact the caring staff at Home Helpers, call (678) 430-8511.