You’ve probably heard the term “superfood.” Although the FDA hasn’t assigned the word an official definition, it is generally applied to foods that are especially healthy because of the vitamins and minerals they contain and their benefits. Several foods have been identified as superfoods for people with diabetes. If your aging parent has diabetes, consider adding some of these superfoods to their diet.
Avocados are the darling of the food world right now. They’re very trendy, but with good reason. Avocados are an excellent source of healthy fat and lots of vitamins and minerals, including vitamins E, C, and K, potassium, lutein, and beta-carotene. Experts say that eating fat can make the body digest carbohydrates more slowly, preventing spikes in blood sugar levels. Slice avocados and add them to sandwiches, chop some into a salad, or mash some to spread on toast.
Berries can help your parent curb a craving for sweets. However, unlike candy, they’re not loaded with empty calories. Berries are low in calories and they contain lots of fiber. In addition, berries have antioxidants, which are believed to protect the body against cancer and heart disease. Berries can be snacked on just as they are or tossed into a bowl of cereal or oatmeal. You can also add them to salads. They’re even healthy freeze dried.
In the past, eggs were villainized as being responsible for raising cholesterol levels. However, the American Heart Association says it’s okay to eat one egg per day. Studies show that eating eggs at breakfast may make a person eat fewer calories for the rest of the day. Eggs don’t contain a lot of saturated fat, which is also a plus. Keep some hardboiled eggs in the refrigerator for a quick snack or for breakfast.
Finding something other than water to drink is a struggle for some diabetics. For those searching for something delicious and healthy to drink, tea is an excellent option. It can be enjoyed hot or cold, and there are many different varieties. Tea is loaded with catechins, a kind of antioxidant flavonoid, which may help prevent heart disease.
Home care can help your diabetic parent to eat a healthier diet that includes superfoods. Home care providers can assist with planning meals that conform to the diet plan recommended by your parent’s health care team. A home care provider can also take the older adult grocery shopping and carry heavy grocery bags for them. When it’s time for a meal or snack, home care can prepare the food and keep your parent company while they eat.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering Home Care Services in Royal Oak, MI, please contact the caring staff at Alliance Senior Care today. Call (248) 274-2170.