Vegetables contain a number of essential nutrients and vitamins to keep seniors physically fit and boost their memory. If you’re a family caregiver for a senior, here is a list of a few vegetables, provided by Milwaukee senior home care experts, you may want to consider adding to his or her diet.
Beets can be prepared in different ways, including pickled and roasted. Eating beets is a great way to increase blood flow to the brain. When blood flow to the brain increases, your loved one may have more energy, as beets are rich in potassium.
Vitamin K is essential to keep nerves in the brain connected at top speed. A great place to get this vitamin is in broccoli. You can serve it in a salad or as a delicious side dish.
Almost everyone remembers being encouraged to eat spinach as a child so they would grow up to become strong. It turns out those people were right. Spinach helps the brain, along with other muscles in the body, stay strong.
Mung beans, kidney beans, black beans, and chickpeas are all delicious meals to feed the brain. Eating beans on a regular basis helps stabilize blood sugar, which prevents seniors from having a crash later.
Baked or boiled yams are a beautiful side dish, which not only tastes great but is also healthy for the brain. They are loaded with vitamin B-6, carbohydrates, and antioxidants.
The beautiful white cauliflower is loaded with vitamin A and K, which can help your loved one stay mentally sharp. This vegetable also helps stabilize blood sugar. Instead of mashed potatoes, try serving your loved one some mashed cauliflower.
The prebiotic fiber found in asparagus helps keep the brain extra sharp. While many people forget about this vegetable, it can be fixed on the grill or in the oven.
8. Romaine Lettuce
There are so many different ways romaine lettuce can be fixed. Serve it in a beautiful salad filled with other healthy ingredients. Wrap it around your loved one’s favorite lunchmeat for a quick snack, or load the lettuce up on a sandwich.
9. Brussels Sprouts
The brain needs potassium to keep memory sharp. A great way to help your loved one get potassium is serving Brussels sprouts, which can go with any meal.
Scientists believe cabbage stops plaque from clogging blood vessels in the brain. Experts suggest this plaque is the cause of Alzheimer’s. Eating cabbage can help stop the plaque from forming.
As a family caregiver, you may not always have the time to fix a healthy vegetable diet for your senior loved one. Home Care Assistance offers professional Milwaukee hourly care and live-in care services, including healthy meal preparation for seniors, to help boost their overall health and wellbeing. To learn more about our customized senior care programs, contact one of our experienced Care Managers today at (414) 964-8000.