Pittsburgh / Allison Park Senior Care Blog

Adding Apples to Your Parent's Savory Meals

By Erin Carll

Senior Care in Mars PA

As September starts ushering in fall you are likely noticing more and more apple varieties filling the stores. These seasonal fruits are not only delicious, but they are all filled with nutrients that can help your parent live a healthier lifestyle as they age in place. While you might immediately think of eating apples raw or in sweet treats, there are many ways that you can integrate these fruits into your parent’s savory meals as well. This allows them to get the nutritional benefits of their favorite apples without always packing in the sugar and calories of desserts or sweet snacks.

Try some of these ideas for adding apples to your parent’s savory meals:

• Pork loin. Pork and apples is a classic combination. Try cooking a pork loin with onions and apples for a meal that is wonderfully autumn inspired, but that also gives your aging parent lean protein, fiber, and vitamins. Be sure to serve the cooked-down apples and onions along with the juices as a sauce for the pork.

• Chicken salad. Creamy chicken salad is a delicious light option for lunch or dinner when served on a roll or atop a plate of greens. Bring your parent’s chicken salad to a new level by adding chopped apples and walnuts. This adds extra protein, antioxidants, fiber, and vitamins. Not only will your parent get more nutrition for every bite, but they will also feel more satisfied so they will consume fewer calories.

• Potato pancakes. If your aging parent lives a plant-based lifestyle or they are trying to cut down on the amount of meat that they eat, potato pancakes make a delicious and satisfying meal. You can make these from grated potatoes or even use the leftover mashed potatoes from dinner from the night before to make the pancakes. Try adding ground flax seed or chia seeds to bump up the protein and add valuable fatty acids along with an earthy, nutty flavor for the pancakes. Be sure that you drain the pancakes well to avoid your parent consuming too much oil and to provide a texture that is crisp, crunchy, and satisfying. Serve the pancakes with a dollop of sour cream and some unsweetened apple sauce for delicious flavor and beneficial nutrition.

If you are concerned about your parent’s ability to get the nutrition that they need, or think that they would benefit from a more diversified approach to care, now may be the ideal time for you to consider starting senior care for them. A senior home care services provider can be with your aging parent on a customized schedule to ensure that they get the care, support, and assistance that is right for their individual needs, challenges, and limitations. When it comes to helping them to eat in a way that supports their ongoing health and well-being, this care provider can provide reliable transportation to the grocery store to help them choose healthy foods, find new and appealing recipes for them to enjoy, and even help them with meal and snack preparation.


If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring senior care in Mars, PA, please call the caring staff at Home Helpers. Call today (412) 201-0712.