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Healthier Versions of Your Loved One’s Winter Favorites

While your senior loved one may prefer winter classics like hearty stew or chicken and dumplings, traditional versions of such foods may not be a perfect fit for his or her diet. There are, however, healthy versions of many comfort meals that can still be enjoyed without added guilt when the temperatures drop. Here are a few suggestions from the Annapolis senior care professionals at Home Care Assistance.

Beef Stew

Hearty and tasty, beef stew is a great way for seniors to get a good dose of protein and other essential nutrients. Try a healthy variation of your senior loved one’s favorite beef stew recipe with the following ingredients:

• Lean top round roast
• Low-sodium beef broth
• Thyme and bay leaf, in place of salt

Chicken and Dumplings

Your senior loved one can still get all the savory goodness from a good helping of chicken and dumplings without worrying by making some healthy substitutions to a cherished family recipe. Opt for frozen vegetables over canned ones to reduce sodium and consider the following ingredients:

• Skinless chicken breast halves
• Low-sodium chicken broth
• Condensed reduced-fat, reduced-sodium cream of mushroom soup
• Frozen green peas
• Nonfat milk

French Onion Soup

Help your senior loved one take the chill off of a cold winter day without the added worry of extra fat and calories with a healthy version of classic French onion soup. Make the following recipe substitutions for added health benefits that won’t diminish the flavor of this classic comfort dish:

• Unsalted butter
• Reduced-sodium soy sauce
• Reduced-sodium chicken stock
• Balsamic vinegar (noted for being rich in antioxidants)

Chicken Pot Pie

Homemade chicken pot pie is sure to hit the spot for your senior loved one on a cold winter’s day. This hearty comfort food can still serve as a filling all-in-one meal with the following adjustments:

• Frozen mixed vegetables
• Fat-free milk
• Bisquick Heart Smart mix
• Condensed fat-free cream of chicken soup
• Skinless chicken breasts

When winter weather sets in, everyday activities like grocery shopping and cooking nutritious meals can become more challenging for seniors. If your loved one could use help staying healthy and safe this winter, turn to Home Care Assistance. Our trusted Annapolis caregivers can help your aging loved one maintain a high quality of living in the comfort of his or her home year-round. To learn more, please give us a call at 443-302-2771 and speak with a friendly Care Manager today.