Healthy Holiday Recipes for Senior Diets

Eating Well: Festive and Healthy Fall Recipes for Seniors

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With increasing health concerns and dietary demands, well-balanced meals can be a challenge for aging adults any time of year, but eating healthy during the holiday season can be especially difficult. However, autumn is one of the best seasons to take advantage of abundant, in-season produce. Live-in caregivers in Grand Rapids and family members will find culinary inspiration from this list of easy, delicious recipes with tips for dietary modifications.

Festive Fall Soups

Roasted Butternut Squash Apple Soup
Swap out chicken broth for vegetable broth to make this recipe a vegetarian delight.
You can also substitute coconut oil for butter to really amp up the nutritional value.

Autumn Minestrone Soup
Make a low-carb version of this yummy soup by substituting sweet potatoes, mushrooms, cauliflower, or barley for the gold potatoes the recipe calls for.

Turkey Pumpkin Chili
Chop up a few fresh tomatoes, a zucchini, and a squash for extra flavor and added nutrition. Top a bowl full with a dollop of nonfat sour cream and fresh cilantro.

Healthy Autumn Salads

Fall Kale Super Salad
Use turkey bacon instead of regular bacon as a low-fat alternative, or omit the bacon completely for a yummy vegetarian option. For the dressing, use low or nonfat Greek yogurt instead of mayo.

Autumn Chopped Salad
Like the kale salad, you can use turkey bacon or scrap the bacon all together. For a vegetarian option, omit the feta cheese.

Autumn Pear Salad
Say bye to the butter and hello to coconut oil for a heart-healthy option . Omit Parmesan for dairy-free option. Also, cut the brown sugar. This salad is so good you won’t even notice it’s gone.

Elderly-Friendly Entrees

Twice Baked Spaghetti Squash with Pesto and Parmesan
This is a great low-carbohydrate, gluten-free recipe. Leave out the
Parmesan and eliminate added salt if sodium intake is a concern.

Southwestern Stuffed Acorn Squash
Opt for a can of low-sodium beans, or, if you have the time, make your own. If your loved one is vegetarian, try using tofu (be sure to add some sesame seeds for texture) instead of ground turkey.

Easy Slow Cooker Vegetarian Chili
If you cannot omit the sour cream and cheese as a topping, use low or nonfat options. There are also tasty dairy-free varieties you can use to create a vegan-friendly meal.

Let these recipes provide delicious inspiration through the autumn and into the cold winter months. They’re perfect for holiday dinner parties, or meals for your senior who has specific dietary requirements. If you don’t have as much time to commit to monitoring your loved one’s nutritional needs, seek additional help from an hourly caregiver in Grand Rapids. Call  Home Care Assistance of Grand Rapids at (616) 243-0835 to learn more about our reliable and expertly trained caregivers who can assist with everything from grocery shopping to cooking.