Baking is a great way to spend quality time with your parent, stimulate memories, and give gifts to friends and family that are meaningful and enjoyable. As a family caregiver, however, you are likely also concerned about your senior adult eating a healthy, balanced diet. While treats are fine occasionally, finding ways to improve the healthiness of baked goods can make you feel better about enjoying this special activity with your parent more often. You may even find ways to sneak extra nutrition into these baked goods for a treat that has benefits.
Try these ways to make family baking healthier for your senior:
- Swap saturated fat for plant-based alternatives. Rather than using butter in baking, try a plant-based baking stick. These are designed to have the same chemical reaction in baking as butter without the saturated fat and far fewer calories
- Try replacing oil with applesauce for a lighter texture, sweet flavor, and no fat
- If making bread, use whole wheat flour in place of refined all purpose flour, or at least use a portion to increase fiber and make the bread more satisfying
- Reduce calories by looking for a baking-appropriate sweetener blend. Most do still contain some conventional sugar, so you won’t be able to totally eliminate the calories, but you can cut the down considerably
- Try baking in small individual portions rather than large versions. This creates portion control that is easier to manage. For example, rather than one large cake, make individual mini bundt cakes. This way your parent can eat one and you can wrap up the rest for another time
Elderly care can be beneficial for your senior even when you are with them, or they are spending time with the rest of the family. Being together as a family and spending quality time together are important to maintaining your relationship and staying bonded. If you are always thinking about their care needs, however, this can be difficult. Having an elderly home care services provider available during activities, events, and outings is a fantastic way to allow yourself to enjoy this experience and your time with your parent, while also knowing they are getting the care they need. This elderly home care services provider will give your parent dedicated, personalized care that will help them stay safe and healthy, participate in the activity as much as possible, and manage their needs effectively. Knowing this care is available allows both of you to relax, have fun, and not worry about their needs not being met or managing those needs interfering with the activity.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Princeton Junction, NJ, please call the caring staff at Care Street Home Care. You can reach our Mercer/Burlington Division at (609) 496-5666.
Dr. Shelly, as he is fondly known, has served as an Alzheimer’s Support Group Facilitator in Mercer County and is a Certified Dementia Instructor. Knowledgeable, compassionate, and unusually devoted, his guidance is crucial in helping families understand their options and render decisions for their loved ones’ care plan. Dr. Shelly’s extensive experience, sincere and pleasant demeanor, and professional affiliations have made him a vital asset to Care Street.