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Elderly Care Tips: Eat More Fruits and Vegetables Day

By Vicki and Brian Day

Elderly Care in Schnecksville PA

Nutrition is one of the cornerstones of an effective elderly care plan. What your parent eats and drinks makes a dramatic impact on their wellbeing, either helping to keep them healthy or putting them at greater risk of health complications and issues. By focusing on giving your parent's body what it needs to function properly and thrive, you can help them to ward off a wide variety of diseases, health consequences, and other issues such as obesity and low energy levels. This makes for better wellbeing and an overall higher quality of life.

May 26 is Eat More Fruits and Vegetables Day. This is a great time for you to revamp your dietary approach and make sure that your care efforts are geared toward your parent getting as much of the fresh fruits and vegetables as they need to stay healthy and strong. While there are many ways that you and your parent's elderly health care services provider can encourage consumption of more produce from salads to entrees to snacks, one of the simplest and most delicious is a smoothie. Smoothies pack both fruits and vegetables together into a simple, tasty drink that is a perfect breakfast or snack on the go. Add Greek yogurt, tofu, or even cottage cheese for a creamier smoothie that is packed with protein, and sprinkle in fiber powder for a smoothie that will power you through your day.

Greens and Lime Smoothie

What You Will Need

• 1 cup of green grapes
• 2 tablespoons of fresh lime juice
• 1 and 1/2 cups of frozen mango slices
• 2 cups of spinach or collard greens, or a mix
• A sharp knife
• A cutting board
• A blender
• Water (as needed)

What to Do

• Using the sharp knife, stem the collard greens or spinach
• Chop the spinach or greens using the sharp knife, finely
• Place the greens into the blender
• Add the lime juice and 1/2 of a cup of water to the blender
• Pulse for 3 seconds until the greens have begun to blend and are further chopped
• Add the mango and grapes to the blender
• Continue to puree, adding more water as needed, until completely smooth, which should be around a minute
• Once the smoothie has reached its desired consistency, turn off, remove and serve

Carrot and Apple Smoothie

What You Will Need

• 1 orange
• 1/2 of one apple
• 1 cup of ice cubes
• 1/2 of a cup of water
• 1 medium sized carrot
• 1/2 of an inch of a slice of pineapple with the core
• A blender
• A sharp knife
• A cutting board

What to Do

• Use the sharp knife to peel and quarter the orange, tossing the rind, tossing the orange into the blender
• Slice the pineapple into 1/2 inch slices if needed using the sharp knife and sit inside the blender
• Seed and halve the half of an apple and place inside the blender as well
• Halve the carrot and then chop it before placing it too in the blender
• Add the ice cubes and the water to the blender
• Close the lid and turn the blender on low for 10 seconds
• Slowly increase the speed to high, adding water as needed, until completely smooth, which should be around 1 minute
• When smooth, remove from the blender and serve cold