For seniors who are trying to stay healthy, the holiday season can present a bit of a challenge. It can be hard to find something delicious yet healthy amongst the deep-fried, sugary and fat-slathered dishes that make up some of the holiday’s popular classic dishes. Fortunately, Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of elder care in Columbus, shares a recipe that can meet a senior’s nutritional needs without making them feel left out of the holiday fun.
What You’ll Need
- 2 pounds of brussels sprouts
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive or coconut oil
- 6 green onions, chopped
- 3 cloves of garlic, crushed and minced
- 1/2 teaspoon of natural smoke flavoring
- 1 cup of purple baby or fingerling potatoes, diced
- Salt and pepper to taste
Rinse the brussels sprouts, remove the ends and peel off any bad outer leaves. Then, slice them in half lengthwise. Pour them into a large casserole dish and set aside. Next, cut up your green onions, garlic and potatoes and add them to the dish. Add the smoke flavoring for a savory, off-the-grill taste, sprinkle on your salt and pepper, drizzle the oil over the entire dish and toss until everything until evenly coated. Cover the casserole dish and bake at 400 degrees until the sprouts and potatoes are tender.
The Benefits for Seniors & Older Adults
This recipe provides several things that can be of particular benefit to seniors. Brussels sprouts are an excellent source of vitamin C, sulfur and manganese. Vitamin C is essential for the production of collagen, which is the main component of joint tissue. Sulfur and manganese help to promote healing, which is hindered in many seniors. Furthermore, they’re a good source of beta carotene, which helps support healthy vision and cognitive function. Onions, garlic and purple potatoes are also wonderful sources of antioxidants, which can reduce pain and inflammation and protect against infection.
Are you ready for the upcoming holiday season? If you care for an aging parent or loved one and are concerned about your ability to meet their care needs as your responsibilities increase for the holidays, reach out to Home Care Assistance of Columbus. Our Columbus hourly care services can be a great way for you to tend to some of your holiday activities such as shopping or meal preparation and our live-in care services are a great option for respite if you need a longer break. All the while, you can rest assured that your aging loved one is receiving the highest level of quality care. Find out more about in-home care from Home Care Assistance by calling a friendly Care Manager at 614-481-8888.