Eating better through Elder Care near Manalapan, NJ

One goal that millions of Americans have is to eat better throughout the year. The major hurdle to achieving this goal is that junk foods and processed meals seem to be far more affordable than anything that is healthy. For those who rely on elder care, being overly concerned with their diet might not seem to make sense considering their age, but it can have a dramatic impact on how they feel and other aspects of their health and well-being.

The vast majority of people in this country tend to rely on a lot of salt in their diet. Salt adds flavor, but too much of it can lead to high blood pressure, hypertension, and other health issues. Reducing the amount of salt that one uses, whether to sprinkle over the food right before you eat or during cooking, can actually help them to feel and even look better.

August 29th is More Herbs, Less Salt Day and it reminds us that we don’t really need to use a lot of salt in order to add flavor to a variety of meals.

Examples of substitutions for salt.

If you were to cut out salt from your diet completely, including meal preparation, you would most likely notice immediately. The food would taste bland, dull, and without any real flavor to it. You would likely eat less or not even bother to try eating anything at all for a meal or two.

But there are many spices and herbs that can be used to help enhance the flavor food without relying on salt. Even sea salt can pose certain health risks for individuals who have high blood pressure or hypertension.

If you are preparing an Italian meal, such as spaghetti and meatballs, you’re told to add salt to the water which will help to prevent the pasta from sticking together but will also provide a little bit of flavor. Instead of adding salt, add some vegetable oil to the water to keep the pasta from clinging together. As for flavor, try adding a little basil once you add the sauce and meatballs on top of spaghetti.

Oregano is also another popular spice for Italian dishes, but it can overpower other flavors on the plate. Thyme is a good spice to use when preparing chicken dinners.

No matter what type of meals you prefer to eat, every single one of them can have salt eliminated from the preparation by using various herbs and spices in its place. Experiment. You never know the culinary talents that you may have, even if you rely on elder care.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring elderly care services near Manalapan NJ, or the surrounding areas. Please call Independence Home Care today at (609) 642-4085 for more information .


Teresa Sajkowski RN BSN CHPN

Teresa Sajkowski RN BSN CHPN

Owner of Always Responsive Home Care

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