Your goal is for your mom and dad to eat healthy meals. They don't like spending a lot of time in the kitchen, so you're trying to come up with time-saving, cost-effective shortcuts. Here are six staples to keep in your parents' freezer.
Start stocking your parents' freezer with frozen vegetables. Providing you avoid choices that are frozen with a high-sodium sauce, frozen vegetables often get a bad rep for being less nutritious. Most are fine. They're picked in their peak season, blanched to preserve texture and color, and immediately chilled and frozen.
Peas, spinach, kale, broccoli florets, and cauliflower are all ideal to have on hand. Peas serve a second purpose by serving as a handy ice pack for bumps and bruises.
Bananas are high in potassium. When frozen, they help form the base for a nutritious breakfast smoothie. You can also turn them into a fruit-rich dessert treat when shaving them with other fruits like strawberries, blueberries, or mango.
Precook grains like brown rice, barley, farro, and quinoa and pack them into freezer bags. When your mom and dad need a grain for a salad or side dish, they can have the grain ready for use. It just takes a few hours to thaw the grain and add to a favorite recipe.
Frozen Bread Dough
Frozen bread dough is ideal for homemade pizza, quick rolls, or whole loaves of bread. Make the dough. Shape it and package it in freezer bags after the first rise. When it's time to make some homemade rolls or a loaf, simply let it rise as it thaws. For pizza dough, let the round thaw and then stretch it to fit on your pizza pan.
Frozen Stock Cubes
Use a leftover chicken or turkey carcass to make low-sodium stock. Freeze the stock in ice cube trays and then store in a freezer bag. When your parents need some stock, they can take the appropriate number of cubes from the bag.
Individually Wrapped Marinated Chicken Breasts
Chicken breasts are one of the better options for meats. You can marinate them in your mom and dad's favorite seasoning blends or marinades before freezing them in individual bags. Thaw the chicken in the fridge overnight and have a meat that's ready to broil, grill, or saute.
If your parent still doesn't seem eager to eat nutritious meals, look into senior care services. They may simply not enjoy being on their feet in front of a hot stove. Caregivers can cook meals for them. In addition, a senior care professional can help them create a shopping list, go grocery shopping, and put groceries away. Discuss your mom's and dad's needs with a home care service today.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring a caregiver in Birmingham, 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...