On a hot and humid day, Orlando at-home caregivers can help their senior loved ones cool off with any of the following frozen summer treats. Not only are these treats delicious and refreshing, but they will also add some nutritional value to your loved one’s diet.
1. Frozen Grapes
You can simply put and leave some grapes in your loved one’s freezer for a tasty, refreshing snack. Doing this will allow your loved one to have a healthy and convenient frozen treat ready whenever he or she needs one. Grapes have resveratrol that may help a senior’s brain function properly. A study conducted at the University of Switzerland found that resveratrol soaks up plaques known to damage the brain and free radicals, which have been associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
2. Strawberry Yogurt Bites
Dice up some strawberries and add them to an ice cube tray that is filled with vanilla yogurt. Freeze this mixture for at least three hours. Pop them out and enjoy them with your loved one. Strawberries are nutritional powerhouses that can greatly enhance a senior’s health. This fruit is rich in vitamin C, an antioxidant that will help the immune system stay healthy. Vitamin C may also help to stop or slow down the development of many age-related ocular diseases like cataracts.
3. Dark Chocolate Dipped Bananas
Put a banana in the freezer overnight. When it’s frozen, melt some dark chocolate in a pot. Dip the banana into the melted chocolate and allow it to harden before eating. Dark chocolate has antioxidant flavonoids that may help seniors reduce their chances of getting cancer. Bananas are loaded with potassium, which is known for keeping your kidneys clean while supporting their function.
4. Frozen Yogurt Fruit Cups
Respite Orlando caregivers can mix a variety of sliced fruit with non-fat frozen yogurt, then pour it into a cup. Crush some whole-wheat graham crackers into crumbly pieces and sprinkle the cracker pieces over the frozen yogurt mixture. Seniors need to make sure they get the frozen yogurt that is made with live and active cultures to get the health benefits of probiotics, which are good for the digestive tract and the immune system.
Learn more about healthy foods for the summer when you call Home Care Assistance of Orlando at (407) 232-7155. As a leading provider of Orlando at-home care, we are dedicated helping seniors age in place by promoting healthy lifestyles such as nutritious diet and regular exercise. Additionally, we provide flexible live-in and hourly services to help our clients overcome the challenges of illness or recover from injury in a safe, familiar environment. Schedule a free in-home consultation today when you speak to a friendly Care Manager.