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Nutritious Christmas Dinner Ideas for the Elderly

By Mark Silvanic, 9:00 am on

Tradition is a major part of the holidays, but it’s also important for seniors to enjoy nutritious and tasty meals this Christmas. Colorado Springs hourly home care providers can help your senior loved one have the best of both worlds by incorporating some of these decadent meals from around the world in your Christmas menu.

Risalamande (Denmark)

Risalamande loosely translates as rice with almonds from French, but it’s authentically Danish. It’s a sweet concoction of rice, cream, and chopped almonds and makes for an easy-to-digest alternative to heavy cakes and pies for dessert. Danes typically make eating it a game by placing one whole almond in the dessert. The person who finds it in their bowl wins a prize, which can add a bit of holiday fun your senior loved one is sure to enjoy.

Filhos (Portugal)

These fried holiday treats are usually served cold and made of flour, pumpkin butter, and eggs. Once the fried dough has cooled, it is traditionally sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon. Because it’s packed with eggs, this Portuguese dessert is naturally rich in choline, a vital nutrient for senior brain health. Additionally, the nutrients found in pumpkin supports prostate health.

Roast Goose (England)

It’s the traditional English Christmas feast vividly captured in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Roast and stuff with stuffing, apples, and spices to taste to prepare a meal that’ll warm the heart of even the meanest Scrooge. Roast goose is also a healthier alternative to your typical holiday ham or turkey, as it is high in phosphorus, which stimulates bone growth and regulates heartbeat. It also happens to be high in selenium, which works as an antioxidant to protect cells from free radicals and regulate the immune system.

Porkkanalaatikko (Finland)

Hard to say, but easy to eat! This root vegetable casserole of mashed carrots, eggs, rice, and bread crumbs is simple and you probably already have the ingredients on hand in your kitchen. Best of all, the beta-carotene in carrots naturally supports aging vision.

White Christmas (Australia)

This unusual dessert hails from the Land Down Under. The traditional recipe includes raisins, candied fruits, sweetener, coconut flakes and oil, Rice Krispies, and milk all mixed together then left to set in the refrigerator. Try rice milk or nut milk for a healthier dairy alternative. It’s an excellent recipe for seniors who receive Colorado Springs Alzheimer’s home care to make as it’s simple to prepare, but it’s also easy to digest.

For more healthy and delicious meal alternatives to incorporate in your loved one’s Christmas menu, reach out to Home Care Assistance. Our trusted caregivers prepare nutritious meals for seniors who receive our comprehensive Alzheimer’s, stroke, Parkinson’s, and dementia home care Colorado Springs families can rely on. To learn more about how we can help your senior loved one this holiday season, contact an experienced Care Manager today at (719) 822-1229. We look forward to hearing from you.