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How to Incorporate Frozen Vegetables in Your Senior’s Meals

Frozen vegetables get ignored, but they can be a great way to get more vegetables into your senior’s diet than she already eats. They’re easy to prepare and they can add variety, too. It’s also important to note that frozen vegetables are just as nutritious as fresh vegetables are.

 

Homecare in Buffalo MN: Frozen Vegetables

Homecare in Buffalo MN: Frozen Vegetables

 

Make Sure You Read the Labels

Lots of people assume that frozen vegetables are just the vegetables themselves. That’s not completely the case in all situations, though. Sometimes manufacturer’s include other ingredients, like salt or preservatives, in addition to the vegetables. It’s really important that you look for the purest forms of frozen vegetables you can find so that you’re not adding ingredients your senior doesn’t need or want.

 

Proper Storage Makes a Difference

The downside to frozen vegetables is that they’re not immune to problems like freezer burn. They’ll stay useable in the freezer for a long time, but you want to pay attention to the dates on the packages when you store them. As you buy new vegetables, make sure that you’re putting the newer ones toward the back and rotating through your stock of veggies.

 

Go Out on a Limb

One of the best parts about using frozen vegetables is that you and your senior don’t have to worry about how to properly chop or break down a vegetable you’ve never tried before because it’s already been done. Also, it’s much easier to try frozen versions of vegetables that are new to you both, especially if they aren’t grown locally.

 

Consider Springing for Organic Versions

Organic farmers use lots of different techniques for growing their crops and for keeping pests away. That can be an appealing concept if your senior is trying to live as healthfully as possible. Some of these organic versions are more expensive, but that might fit into meeting your senior’s needs better than non-organic versions do. Talk with your senior about how these fit into her budget and whether this is something she wants to do.

 

You Don’t Need to Overcook Them

You definitely don’t have to overcook frozen vegetables. Often because they’re frozen, they’re already a little softer when they thaw out than fresh vegetables are. Consider cooking them just until they’re done so that you can protect as much of the nutritive value as possible.

Your senior might find that she likes some vegetables only when they’re fresh, others only canned, and finally still others when they’re frozen. That’s all great news because your goal is simply to get more vegetables into her diet. If cooking is difficult for her, consider hiring elder care providers to do the cooking for her.

 

If you or someone you know needs HomeCare in Buffalo, MN, contact Adara Home Health Care. We provide quality and affordable home care services for many fragile or senior members in the communities we serve. Call us at (888) 660-5772 for more information.

Lori Seemann

Lori Seemann has a background in nurse management, hands-on critical care and business management. Her clinical expertise and knowledge of information systems had been instrumental in ensuring operational consistency in all branch offices. She led efforts that resulted in implementation of a new home care computer system that is utilized for staffing, scheduling, clinical records and billing. Lori continues to seek opportunities to improve caregiver productivity through nurse utilization of a unique point of care laptop computer system.