Healthy Holiday Treats for SeniorsDecember 6, 2023
Healthy Holiday Treats for Seniors
Though spending time with loved ones and decorating the home are some of the most eagerly awaited aspects of the holiday season, chiefly among them is the food. According to one Statista poll, 37% of people look forward to the seasonal sweets that are only around during Christmastime. With hundreds of cookie, pie, cake, and bar recipes to try, there is something everyone has to look forward to.
However, dietary restrictions can make it difficult for many older adults to indulge in their favorite holiday treats. A myriad of health issues require seniors to be careful about what they consume, but that doesn’t mean you have to completely give up your sweet tooth. No two desserts are created equal, so try these healthy holiday treats for seniors.
Some of these recipes are simply healthier options to pop in the oven. Others, however, are made with specific dietary restrictions in mind. Consider which better fits you and your dietary needs, and start baking!
While they may not be the first cookie you think of this time of year, thumbprint cookies are a holiday staple. They have a lower sugar and fat count than many of their seasonal counterparts, but it doesn’t taste like it. A touch of your favorite jam adds an additional level of flavor that will have you thinking about this treat long after they’re gone.
Oatmeal raisin cookies
For a gluten-free, low-sugar cookie, this oatmeal raisin cookie recipe is a fantastic option. Packed full of rolled oats, cinnamon, and the natural flavorings of honey and maple syrup, this flavorful, balanced cookie is great for health-conscious seniors. For an extra pop of holiday cheer, consider adding craisins to the mix.
Flourless fudge cookies
This is another recipe perfect for those with gluten sensitivity. These flourless fudge cookies take on a texture somewhere between cookie and brownie, heaven for those who enjoy a soft cookie. As an added bonus, they are low in salt and fat.
Cherry chocolate walnut truffles
Cookies are great, but if you’re looking for some variety in your holiday treats, consider these cherry chocolate walnut truffles. This recipe is a superfood lover’s dream, as walnuts, chocolate, and cherries all contain powerful antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids that seniors need. The only special equipment required is a food processor to achieve the desired texture. It also speeds up the process, allowing you to get them in the freezer and try them sooner!
Meringues are somewhere between the world of cookies and dessert. They are easy to pick up and handle but without the signature cookie texture. What’s more, they are also relatively low in fat and low in sugar. This peppermint meringue recipe has only four ingredients, but is one of the more challenging recipes on the list. Read through the recipe a few times before starting so you know the process.
Poached pears are a deceptively easy dessert that highlights the flavor of this seasonal fruit with just a few simple ingredients. They can be enjoyed as-is, but they are also delicious with the spiced chocolate sauce this recipe includes. The sauce elevates the dish to a dessert worthy of your Christmas dinner.
Dark chocolate tart
Though positively rich, this dark chocolate tart recipe is actually better for you than your taste buds would lead you to believe. It is vegan, dairy-free, and free of added sugars. To make this recipe really shine, it is important to use high-quality ingredients.
Receive assistance in the kitchen with home care
Though you may be excited to taste these seasonal treats, spending an extended time in the kitchen is an exhausting affair for many older adults. If you struggle with necessary activities of daily living, you may benefit from the care of an at-home caregiver.
For 30 years, Home Care Powered by AUAF has served seniors in the greater Chicago area with diligent, compassionate care. Our multi-lingual staff is here to support a wide array of individuals, and we would be happy to add you to our list. For more information on our programs, give us a call at 773-274-9262.
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