When you are a caregiver, the choices you make not only affect you, they also impact your loved one. Our in-home care providers at Qualicare – Tri Cities want to help you make healthier food choices for not just your loved one, but for you, too!
Healthy Nutrition Habits Start at Home
Let’s look at some ways you can start making healthier nutritional decisions for your loved one and yourself.
First, don’t make it complicated. Keep it simple by choosing unprocessed foods and sticking to fresh ingredients like fruits and vegetables that already have flavor. This way you don’t feel like you must use a lot of seasoning, oil, or butter to make it tasty.
Second, make eating healthy as convenient as possible. When you are a caregiver, you have enough “to-do” items on your task list for the day. Don’t make things harder on yourself by making eating healthy a chore. Instead, eat healthy by keeping ready-to-go healthy snacks and meals on-hand! When fresh produce isn’t possible, frozen fruits and vegetables are the next best thing, especially when you are in a hurry.
Finally, you want to include more fiber-rich foods, such as whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. Foods from these three groups tend to have more micronutrients that help you and your loved one to get the optimal nutrition needed to help live a longer, healthier life. When it comes to eating healthy as you age, the more nutrients – the better!
Feeling like you could use an extra hand in planning and preparing healthy meals for you and your loved one? We can help! Contact our in-home care provider team at Qualicare – Tri Cities today to learn how our qualified care team can help care for both you and your loved one.