Tuesday Tips for Caregivers – Stress Free & Healthy Caregiver Cooking Tips
Even families that do not have an Alzheimer’s loved one have a hard time cooking healthy meals for their families through the overwhelming stress of each day. Many caregivers have turned to easy meals like TV dinners, frozen foods, or fast food for meals that should consist of your essential nutrients. With Alzheimer’s disease, you should not be cutting corners as far as health, but how can you possibly have time to work, care for your loved one, and then provide a full course, healthy and hearty meal?
The solution is to keep it simple. Here are 10 tips to help you get those nutrient full meals on the table in no time!
- Follow doctors’ orders. Prepare for your week by brainstorming of simple recipes. Pinterest is a website that offers great ideas, but keep in mind their dietary restrictions and food allergies.
- Research your loved ones diagnosis. If they have Alzheimer’s disease, search for “Alzheimer’s disease nutrition” to find more specific disease related information. You can take all of this into account when creating a meal plan.
- Check out cookbooks. Instead of searching online for recipes, you can stock up at the local library or book store for simple recipe books or magazines. You can even show your loved one pictures of meals to see if any interest them to try something new.
- Try homemade soup. Did you know? Homemade soup is a good meal choice because it is great for hydration and can have many benefits for the immune system. Break out grandma’s old recipe and give it a whirl.
- Crock Pot Meals. These are a God sent! There are endless options as to what you make in a slow cooker. These recipes can save cooking when you get home from work completely. All you have to do is set all ingredients inside the crock pot and let it cook while you work. Believe it or not, today’s technology has allowed us to even have Crock Pot’s with Wi-Fi where you can control the temperature from your phone at work.
- Try smoothies. If your loved one doesn’t like to eat their fruits and veggies, try making a smoothie! The texture and easiness of drinking a fruit/ vegetable filled smoothie is a clever way of ensuring they get the nutrients they need daily. You can make this a special treat or desert as well rather than ice-creams and cookies that are loaded with unhealthy sugar.
- Try cooking for an army. No, we mean it, cook a lot of food. When making meals, try cooking extra, that way you can save and store some in the freezer for future use. Left overs are not a thing of the past! You can change out certain items of that meal to make it different each time but still ensuring those nutrients are there.
- Replicate Meals. Repeating meals isn’t a bad thing! If your loved one enjoys it and they are following a well-balanced diet, who cares! Remember, “keep it simple” is the motto.