The number of older adults choosing to go vegan is rising, and many are seeing significantly positive changes in their health as a result of this diet. If your senior loved one is vegan, you might be concerned about what to serve him or her for Thanksgiving dinner. Luckily, there are many delicious and healthy dishes you can create, and the Tucson senior home care professionals at Home Care Assistance have put together a list of 5 you may want to try.
1. Shepherd’s Pie
This main course is traditionally made with ground lamb, but it can easily be transformed into a hearty vegan dish with the right vegetables. In addition to onions and carrots, you can also fill the pie with leeks, corn, peas, and spinach. With the right combination of produce, this single dish has almost every micronutrient your loved one needs to remain healthy, including potassium, calcium, and magnesium.
2. Tomato and Butternut Squash Bisque
Many adults develop fiber deficiencies as they get older, which can have a major impact on their heart health as well as their digestive system. This thick bisque has nearly 10 grams of fiber and just 250 calories per serving. By adding tomatoes, your loved one can also benefit from a healthy dose of antioxidants that can reduce his or her risk of cancer.
3. Glazed Baked Onions
Even picky eaters who are not fans of strong flavors might enjoy a baked onion. When onions are baked for a long time, their flavor tends to become sweeter and mellower. Onions are full of nutrients, and researchers at Cornell University have discovered eating these vegetables can reduce a person’s risk of many different forms of cancer.
4. Pumpkin Lasagna
With their meaty texture and subtle flavors, fresh pumpkin makes a great addition to any course of the meal. Pumpkin lasagna is the perfect way to tie a Thanksgiving feast together without cooking a turkey, ham, or other type of meat. Many health enthusiasts are now calling pumpkin a superfood because it is packed with vitamin A, vitamin C, fiber, beta-carotene, and zinc.
5. Green Bean Casserole
This traditional Thanksgiving dish doesn’t need to be drenched with heavy cream and topped with fried onions. Many chefs use a combination of button and shiitake mushrooms to make a rich and savory vegan gravy. When this dish is made with heavy cream or creamed chicken, a single serving can have over 430 milligrams of sodium and 27 grams of carbs.
It’s important to support your loved one’s decision to eat healthier, not just during the holidays, but also all year long. If your loved one needs help maintaining a healthy diet, reach out to Home Care Assistance. We are a leading provider of Parkinson’s, stroke, and Alzheimer’s home care Tucson families trust, and our caregivers are available around the clock to prepare nutritious meals, take care of grocery shopping and other errands, and help with a wide variety of tasks around the house. To learn more, call (520) 214-5440 today and request your free consultation.