Halloween is the time of year when people indulge in candy corn, caramel apples, chocolate candy bars, and other treats. To maintain their health, seniors need to be mindful of the foods they eat, but this doesn’t mean they have to forego treats altogether. Here are some tasty and healthy Halloween treats your senior loved one can eat.
1. Pumpkin Fruit Cups
To make this treat, your loved one will need a navel orange and fresh fruit. He or she will need to carve out the inside of the orange and use it as a cup that stores the fruit. He or she can also create a jack-o-lantern using the navel orange. The fruits used in this treat can boost your loved one’s overall health, including heart and kidney function.
Switching to healthy foods is one of the many ways your loved one can boost his or her quality of life. If your elderly loved one needs help maintaining a high quality of life while aging in place, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a trusted provider of Lakewood home care. Services our caregivers provide include transportation to and from medical appointments and social events, nutritious meal preparation, assistance with daily exercise, and help with everyday tasks like bathing, grooming, and light housekeeping.
2. Candy Corn Popsicles
While seniors shouldn’t eat candy corn, they can enjoy something that is very similar to this treat. Candy corn popsicles are made using low-fat or fat-free yogurt and fresh pineapple and orange juice. Your loved one will need to layer the ingredients into popsicle molds and place them in the freezer. This treat contains the vitamins and calcium necessary to keep bones strong and the mind sharp.
3. Spider Eggs
Eggs are good for the heart, and they promote weight loss. This Halloween, encourage your loved one to make spider eggs. To create this treat, your loved will need to place spider toppers on the eggs once they have been boiled. Use black olives to create the spiders.
4. Banana Ghost
Your loved one will need bananas and chocolate chips to create this treat. Eating dark chocolate chips can delay the onset of heart disease and Alzheimer’s, and bananas contain antioxidants that fight off toxins in the body. Simply cut the bananas in half and use the chips to make the eyes of the ghosts. Your loved one can also use raisins to create the mouths of the ghosts.
Seniors with limited mobility or other health issues may need assistance with meal preparation and other daily tasks. If your aging loved one needs occasional help with bathing, grooming, cooking, or other basic household tasks, or if you need time to attend to important personal matters, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of live-in and respite care. Lakewood seniors can maintain their independence while living at home with the help of our reliable respite caregivers.
5. Mummified Apples
This is a fun and simple Halloween treat seniors can eat or even use as a table decoration. All your loved one needs to make this treat are googly eyes, green apples, and gauze tape. The vitamins, phenols, and other antioxidants found in green apples can slow the aging process and prevent several age-related conditions, including vision, hearing, and memory loss. Creating this treat can increase your loved one’s hand-eye coordination and dexterity.
6. Snake Dip
This Halloween treat contains hummus, olive oil, chickpeas, and other healthy ingredients that can benefit your loved one’s health. When your loved one eats this treat, he or she will get the protein, fiber, folate, and good fats that are essential to good health. To make snake dip, all your loved one needs is hummus as the base, black olives for the body, and carrots for the tongue.
Eating healthy meals is one of the many ways your loved one can maintain his or her health. A professional caregiver can offer assistance with a variety of daily activities and provide regular mental and social stimulation to enhance your loved one’s quality of life. If your senior loved one needs hourly or live-in care, Lakewood Home Care Assistance can help. Our caregivers can assist with exercise and mobility, prepare nutritious meals, provide timely medication reminders, and help with a wide array of other important daily tasks. To hire a professionally trained caregiver for your aging loved one, call us at (303) 987-5992 today.