Thanksgiving Foods for Seniors Recovering from Stroke or Heart Attack

By David Parks, 9:00 am on

Fort Worth stroke caregivers might struggle to prepare heart-healthy meals for seniors this Thanksgiving. To help your loved one recover safely from heart attack or stroke without compromising the holiday meal, here are some of the best foods to put on the menu this Thanksgiving. 

Root Vegetable Soup

This is a great appetizer for seniors to eat at Thanksgiving dinner. Your senior loved one can increase his or her physical stamina by eating root vegetables, which lowers the risk of stroke, heart attack, high blood pressure, and more. The vegetables used in this appetizer are also boost the body’s use of oxygen and regulates the blood flow, which can help prevent the recurrence of stroke. 

Side Dishes 

The spiced red cabbage and apples dish helps replace bile acids with excess good cholesterol. Therefore, this cholesterol-lowering side dish is delicious and great for seniors recovering from stroke or heart attack. 

Wild brown rice and stuffing is another healthy side dish that your loved one will enjoy. The natural occurring oils found in this dish help your senior loved one normalize his or her cholesterol levels and potentially prevent a stroke or heart attack. The whole grains found in this dish will help your loved one reduce the risk of heart disease. 

Entrees 

This is the main dish at Thanksgiving dinner, but you should be careful what is served. To keep the entrée festive and healthy, serve roast turkey with sausage, apple and herb stuffing. There are no added sugars in this entrée, and it is low in calories, cholesterol, and saturated fat. An entrée that is high in fruits, vegetables, and protein could help your senior loved one reduce the risk of stroke. The heart-healthy proteins found in this entrée also lower your loved one’s risk of experiencing another heart attack. 

Sweet Potato Maple Pudding 

Your senior loved one can still enjoy a decadent treat, even after recovering from a stroke or heart attack. Sweet potato maple pudding is a great dessert that Fort Worth home caregivers can prepare this Thanksgiving. This dessert is high in vitamin B6, which helps fight against the chemical homocysteine that is found in the body. Homocysteine has been linked to many degenerative diseases including heart attacks, but the vitamin B6 will help. Magnesium is also found in this dessert, which helps your loved one maintain healthy heart, muscle, nerve, blood, bone, and artery function.

Maintaining a healthy diet, especially during the holidays, isn’t an easy task. But with help from Home Care Assistance in Fort Worth, TX, your senior loved one can learn to eat nutritious foods and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Call (817) 349-7599 today to learn how else your loved one will benefit from comprehensive in-home care.

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