Oats are January's Grain of the Month. The Whole Grains Council reports that in January more oats are purchased than in any other month, which is why the month also gains the honor of being National Oatmeal Month.
Now's a great time to stock your parents' pantry with this versatile grain. Used in many things from bread to breakfast cereals, oats are both tasty and nutritious. Here's how they benefit your parents' health.
When shopping for oats, get a variety. Rolled oats are probably what you're most used to. They're oats that have been squished flat after being steamed. Steel-cut oats are the entire oat kernel that's been cut into a few smaller pieces. Try to keep both kinds available.
Here's Why Oats Pack a Nutritional Punch
One cup of cooked oatmeal has four grams of soluble fiber. That's as much as 20 percent of your daily recommendation. It's the fiber that can help reduce cholesterol. The fiber also absorbs water. It's a good way to avoid constipation. If your parent takes medications that cause constipation, oats can help.
That's not all oats offer. They're higher in protein than brown rice. They contain a good amount of iron, magnesium, selenium, and zinc. They also contain specific kinds of polyphenols that are known for their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Oats are filling. They can help reduce the amount you eat, which helps prevent obesity. This can lower your risk of getting diabetes.
Easy Ways to Incorporate Oats
One of the easiest ways to incorporate oats into your parents' daily meals and snacks is overnight oats. Buy a case of pint jars with the lids. Into each one, put ¼ cup rolled oats, ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce, 1/3 cup milk of your choosing, and 1 tablespoon of chopped nuts, toasted flax seeds, or chia seeds.
Put the jars in the fridge and sit overnight. When your parents want breakfast or a snack, they just need to grab a spoon and a jar of overnight oats.
Let Home Care Benefit All of You
Have your parents stopped driving? Don't stress out trying to get them to stores and appointments. Home care agencies offer a range of services that can help. Hire a caregiver to take your mom and dad shopping. When they're done, the caregiver can help them carry in the bags, put items away, and prepare meals.
Aging at home is possible with the right team. With a caregiver helping with daily activities of living, you'll be able to spend your time having fun with your mom and dad. Call a home care agency to learn more.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring a caregiver in Pelham, AL, please contact the caring staff at Senior Legacy Care today. Call us at (205) 380-7418.
Susan Smith, Owner
Susan Smith is the owner of Senior Legacy, an independent non-medical senior in home care business.... Read More...